Archive - 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A joint meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's Building and Maintenance and Athletic committees was held Tuesday, and expansion of the weight room at Punxsutawney Area High School into what has been a maintenance garage was discussed.
Jim Baun, chair of Building and Maintenance, said that the Punxsutawney Booster Club was willing to pay to expand and upgrade the present weight room facility. Bill Vasallo, PAHS athletic director, said his understanding was that the Booster Club was willing to donate the funds to pay for the weight room upgrade.
BROOKVILLE â€” If youâ€™re interested in benefiting two good causes and maybe having a pleasant day out while youâ€™re at it, you might have your chance on March 2 at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which will be hosting Brookville author L.A. Adamson for a book signing that will raise money to help the library and sheltered animals.
Adamson, whose first name is Lisa, is the author of â€śSoggypaw Siberian Huskies,â€ť a chapter book that tells the tale of a husky named Czarah as she tries to assemble a sled dog team to fulfill her ownerâ€™s dream of conquering the Great Pennsylvania Sled Dog Race.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â So many little boys and girls are now familiar with the term simulator, having grown up in an era where flight simulators and simulation games are a regular thing surrounding them. But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH), there's a new simulator in town, and this one's designed for the adults.
His (or her, as he/she has removable/addable body parts to be worn or not on any given day) name is Pat Sim, and according to Lisa Wanchisn, PAH education trainer, the scope of possible training scenarios has been broadened by a large amount with Pat's arrival at the hospital.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the 17th year, Betsy and Dave Ferringer of Ferringer's Flowers in Brookville will be providing residents with an opportunity to help animals with the holding of its annual Pet Food Drive from March 1 through March 15.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The new pastor at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Punxsutawney, Jennifer Fair, said that she hopes to reach out to the college-aged group as part of her ministry in Punxsutawney.
"My father, Stephen Fair, has pastored at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg and United Church of Christ in Ridgway, which had a profound effect on me growing up as a pastor's kid (PK)," said Fair.
Fair said her father was one of those people who went straight from
college to seminary and, from there, to pastoring his first church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Many people have played Bingo at their favorite church or fire hall, but there is a different kind of Bingo that the students at Jenks Hill Elementary School played recently, not to win money, but to win books through the use of technology.
Shari Weber, the principal at Jenks Hill, was in her office calling the numbers as they were projected to all of the classrooms via
technological devices, while the students kept track of their Bingo cards at their desks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library has begun planning for new renovations they hope to start in March of this year.
Partnering with the Punxsy Borough Council, the library applied for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Program for Public Library Facilities.
On Feb. 16, the facility was approved for the grant â€” in the amount of $60,000 â€” and the plans are now being put together.
The cost for construction is anticipated to come in at around $120,000, so the grant is essential in successfully completing the renovation.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Civil Service Commission held its reorganizational meeting on Monday at the Mahoning East Civic Center.
Rich Alexander, commission chairperson, welcomed new member Ed Boston, who was appointed at last week's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting to replace Bill Leiberton, who resigned from the commission.
Boston was sworn in by Mary Neal, borough secretary, prior to the beginning of the meeting.
Boston made a motion to appoint Mike Ruffner as the chairperson of Civil Service, which was seconded by Alexander and approved.
For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year â€” time for distribution of Girl Scout Cookies.
In this photo from Saturday, Troop 20293 helps sort the Girl Scout cookies
that have been delivered to the Punxsutawney area.
If you havenâ€™t ordered your cookies and would like to, please contact Diane Oswalt at 938-3584.
You may also check http://www.gswpa.org/ for dates and times of cookie booth sales that will be held in the area.
BIG RUN â€” At its most recent meeting Monday evening, Big Run Council changed a resolution it had voted on at an earlier meeting regarding what animals borough residents are allowed to keep on their property.
Tony Adamczyk, Big Run resident, requested that council change Ordinance No. 221 regarding which animals are permitted for borough residents to harbor on their property.
Adamczyk said that he listened to the tape of the borough council
meeting during which the new ordinance was approved, and there appeared to be confusion by some members of council regarding what they voted for.