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April 4th, 2012

House OKs Smith’s bill to trim state Legislature

April 4, 2012

HARRISBURG — The state House voted Wednesday 140-49 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 153, and to reduce the number of senators from 50 to 38.

“I believe that by reducing the size the House, it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other person’s problem,” said Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), who authored the bill. “And I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.”

With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.

ALL READY FOR EASTER

April 4, 2012

Just in time for Easter, Jeanne Curtis, Punxsy’s resident expert on the art of pysanky eggs, finally has her PT Cruiser eggs-actly the way she wants it, complete with pysanky egg decals placed on the body to match the eggs she is known for designing in the area.

April 3rd

Mike’s BiLo sells winning $250K Mega Millions ticket

April 3, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Friday, four friends pooled their money together for a shot at the coveted Mega Millions prize.

Around 7 p.m., after enjoying a pizza dinner, the four hopefuls walked to Mike’s BiLo in Reynoldsville and purchased $100 in tickets, $25 apiece.

Although they didn’t come out as millionaires, five out of six numbers on one of the tickets matched, making the group $250,000 richer.

“The Mega Millions game is all over the country, so we were really fortunate to have one of the winners here,” Mike’s Bilo co-owner Theresa Kister said.

Chenoga asks Public Safety, council members to consider resource officer for schools

April 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety meeting opened Tuesday with comments from council President Larry Chenoga in support of a resource officer for Punxsutawney Area High School.

“I’m asking that a member of Public Safety and the rest of council seriously consider the suggestion that was made at a recent school board meeting for the Punxsutawney Area School District to hire a police officer to help protect students, faculty and staff at the school,” Chenoga said.

Stocking trout at Cloe Lake among the ultimate local family activities

April 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, it has been a rite of passage over the years, passed on from generation to generation: The first day of trout fishing season and the pre-season stocking of Cloe Lake.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held its annual pre-season trout stocking Tuesday at the popular fishing spot, with several generations on hand to carry on the tradition.

According to the commission, Cloe Lake, located on the Jackson Run Creek in Bell Township, was constructed in 1909.

April 2nd

School district may have to use fund balance for budget

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board held a budget workshop Monday to discuss possible budget cuts in order to save money in the next year’s budget.

Instead of cuts, the board learned from Business Manager Susan Robertson that the district will possibly have to dip into its fund balance in order to finish the school year with a balanced budget, saying projections for expenses this year will probably outweigh the revenue.
She said how much to move from the fund balance depends on what happens between now and the end of the fiscal year.

PAHS Ag Club members show Longview students where their food comes from

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a mooo-ving experience Friday as students at Longview Elementary School welcomed members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club for a senior project.

“The focus of our senior project was to teach elementary students at Longview about the diary industry,” said senior Shannon Carpenter, also a member of the Ag Club.

The goal of the project was to show the students how milk comes from cows.

April 1st

Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special again breaks records

April 1, 2012

SYKESVILLE — The slight amount of rain at this year’s Run/Walk for Someone Special was not enough to stop the participants from smashing last year's record of 407 participants and $45,000. With 524 participants and $65,000 raised this year, the Run/Walk has continued its upward climb.

Run/Walk benefits the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties and Camp Friendship. The event was held at Town Hall in Skyesville, where men and women of all ages could sign up to run or walk a two-mile or five-mile distance course.

County: Use of saltwater disposal well unlikely

April 1, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners said Winslow Township supervisors and residents have recently expressed their concerns about a signed lease for a saltwater disposal well in the township.

The lease, signed between Ridgway resident Steven L. Mitchell and EOG Resources, Inc., would allow for the drilling of "Saltwater Disposal Wells (SWD), maintaining, repairing and operating such SWD and all related facilities including meters, separators and pipelines to and from the SWD."

Way Back When

April 1, 2012

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
Local Intelligence
(May 13, 1896)

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