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May 28th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A violent storm the evening before spared Punxsutawney its wrath during Memorial Day, as veterans and citizens gathered in Barclay Square to honor those in the armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Also, during the annual Memorial Day parade, a handful of local veterans â in tribute to their service to their country â took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It wasn't a tornado, but it was as close as you could get when a storm with wind gusts clocking in at over 60 mph blew through Jefferson County around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, ripping trees right out of the ground and taking power, cable television and phone lines down with it.
"This storm was spread throughout Jefferson County, and the wind was definitely up to 60 mph," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Emergency Management coordinator.
BIG RUN â The featured speaker for the Big Run Memorial Day service at Fairview Cemetery had a very personal experience when it comes to remembering those who lost their lives while fighting to protect freedom around the world.
"I have spent the majority of my life with young people," said Ron Ploucha, a retired math teacher, member of the Inner Circle and the Elks.
Ploucha said he grew up in the 1950s and early 60s.
"If you wonder what life was like back then, just watch a few episodes of âLeave It To Beaver,â" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everybody makes mistakes â even people who are the valedictorians of their classes and go on to become medical professionals.
Dr. Frank Bizousky pointed out a few missteps in his school career as the guest speaker for the PAHS Class of 2012âs commencement exercises Friday night, but by and large, he said, things work out when one makes amends.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â âWhat is education?â was the question asked by state Rep. Sam Smith, the speaker for the Punxsutawney Christian Schoolâs 2012 commencement, which was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church.
PCSâ three graduates were Caleb Thomas Fugate, Lindsey Ann Reed and Jesse Michael Venturini.
Smith cited several definitions for education: âRonald Reagan said, âEducation is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.â
VFW Post 2076 and American Legion Post 62 will hold Memorial Day events Monday, starting with the parade at 10:30 a.m. and a service in Barclay Square at 11 a.m.
Big Run VFW Post 9044 will host its annual Memorial Day Program at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fairview Cemetery in Big Run.
In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the War Memorial.
The guest speaker will be Ron Ploucha.
American Legion Post 582 will conduct Memorial Day servcies at the following cemeteries Monday:
âą Pearce Cemetery, 9 a.m.
REYNOLDSVILLE â The Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS Class of 2012 is looking at a different take on an ancient Mayan philosophy that suggests 2012 will mark the end of the world.
âThe world is not ending; weâre just taking over,â said class President Karissa Dinger, of Punxsy, as 93 students from the Brockway, Brookville, DuBois and Punxsutawney school districts received their diplomas Thursday night at Jeff Tech.
BROOKVILLE â While human services, higher education and basic education may endure significant cuts once the stateâs final budget is approved, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is seeing a little relief from the cuts this year.
âAll in all, we did OK; we fared OK,â said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. âThere are still some areas of concern, but at the end of the day, weâll right-size the organization and do what we have to do, to maintain a high level of service.â
Thursday evening, members of the Punxsutawney Garden Club planted flowers in the first half of the hayracks around town. They will plant the second half whenever new hayracks are placed at the new light posts. Pictured are (from left) Kerri Stebbins, Kim Neigh, Grace Neigh, Tanga Hopkins, Rose Osikowicz and Dottie Jekielek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Even though her experience took place 70 years ago, Holocaust survivor Shulamit Bastackyâs message to youngsters and others isnât unlike that of anti-bullying campaigns today.
Donât be a victim. Donât be a victimizer. Stand up for whatâs right. And be respectful of other people and their differences.