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November 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â What started out as a dream for Bruce Walker of Punxsutawney last year, has now become reality for him, with the help of many great people.
Walker's goal was to help local children at Christmas time. His statement â "No child should wake up without presents on Christmas" â was taken to heart by some friends who helped him host the first annual Tunes for Tots & Auction on Dec. 3, 2011, at Walston Club in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Nurse practitioner: It's a profession that most have probably heard of, but perhaps one that folks don't exactly know much about.
The week of Nov. 11-17 is National Nurse Practitioner Week, and with a national health care provider shortage, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, in a recent press release, spoke to the aim and importance of NPs.
BROOKVILLE â Christopher Thornhill was sentenced by John Foradora to a minimum aggregate sentence of no less than 45 years and no more than 90 in a state correctional institution following his conviction in a shooting that occurred on Sept. 22, 2011 in Punxsutawney.
At halftime of Tuesday nightâs Powder Puff football game, which was held to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish program, the annual Kingâs Court ceremony was held. This yearâs court consisted of seniors Austin Sabatucci with escort Audrianna DeLacour; Devan Snyder with escort Mary Sloniger; Alex Anderson with escort Ashley Bacha; Trevor Peace with escort Sydney Dubensky; Jamie Bush with escort Lauren Ball; and Ty Zimmerman with escort Chelsea Engeholm.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Richard Galluzzi, the Punxsutawney Area School District director of federal programs and curriculum, presented the 2012 PSSA District Report Card to the school board at its meeting this week, which was moved to Tuesday in observance of Veterans' Day.
Throughout the district as a whole, the students performed as follows:
â˘ In Mathematics, which was on the test for grades three through eight and 11, 80.4 percent of students were deemed proficient or advanced, as opposed to 75.7 percent at the state level.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the preliminary 2013 borough tax budget with no tax increase at Tuesday nightâs meeting.
The motion to put the budget on display for 30 days was approved.
The council approved the following mileage rates with each mill being the equivalent of $0.10 on each $100 of assessed valuation, all under the authority of the Local Tax Enabling Act:
â˘ 10.0 mills for The Borough General Purpose Fund.
â˘ 0.90 mills for the Fire Department Fund, which includes equipment
SNYDER TOWNSHIP âÂ DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information on a 34-year-old man who left the Just for Jesus Ministry, located along Route 28, between Oct. 13 and Nov. 7 for an appointment and failed to return.
Timothy Weidinger also failed to notify state police of his current address, as required by law. Criminal charges have been filed through District Court.
Police describe Weidinger as 5'08", 235 pounds, with brown eyes and balding brown hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 371-4652.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The 2012 holiday season officially gets underway in this area at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 24, when Van â¨Dyke and Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet present the perennial favorite, âThe Nutcracker,â on the stage of Punxsutawney Area High School. Directed by Joan E. Van Dyke, the elaborate production features more than 80 dancers performing to the music of Tchaikovsky. The performers, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, come from Punxsutawney, Clearfield, Clarion, DuBois, Brookville, Indiana, and the surrounding area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The members of the senior class at Punxsutawney Area High School have voted six of their fellow classmates onto this yearâs Kingâs Court. The Kingâs Court ceremony will take place during halftime of tonightâs annual Powder Puff football game, which will kickoff at 6 p.m. at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
The students at PAHS vote for Kingâs Court in the same manner as Homecoming Queenâs Court and Winter Queenâs Court.
BIG RUN â VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual ceremony recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day on Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.
The ceremony also commemorated the 65th anniversary of Big Run VFW Post 9044 and honored its four living charter members, Richard Ellenberger, Sherman Hollopeter, Robert Kerr and Eugene North.
The speaker for the evening was Jeff Soliday, who also spoke at the two organizations' recognition of POW/MIA Day earlier this year, which doubled as a commemoration of his late father, Jim Soliday.