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February 19th, 2012

PASD officials navigating budget crunch

February 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When Gov. Tom Corbett said last year he was going to make some major cuts in the amount of funding that school districts received, he wasn't bluffing.

Public schools, which had to absorb about $860 million in spending cuts for the 2011-12 school year, will see their basic subsidies rise about $45 million to $5.4 billion, but could lose $100 million in grants that helped fund full-day kindergarten and other programs, such as dual enrollment.

Way Back When

February 19, 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
(April 29, 1896)

John K. Coxson

February 17th

County’s first female fire chief leads Perry Township department

February 18, 2012

VALIER— The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.

As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.

"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."

February 16th

County 4-H’ers explore robotics

February 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — For 11 4-H members, Tuesday will be the most critical day of a six-week endeavor that began in January.

Last month, 11 4-H students from Jefferson and Clearfield counties began building a robot to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) — marking the first time 4-H members in the area became involved in this national project.

“It’s coming along,” team member Matt Vipond said. “We’re going to be going right up to the buzzer here, but I think we’ll make it.”

Council members say flood ordinance bullies ‘the little guys’

February 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have voted against advertising a new FEMA flood map ordinance.

But Monday, Solicitor Jay Lundy said council is obligated to approve the ordinance or risk losing flood insurance.

With a 5-2 vote, council approved a motion to advertise Ordinance No. 1115, with council members Eric Story and Toby Santik voting no.

Story said he read the new ordinance handed down by FEMA, which he said is word-for-word the same as the borough’s current ordinance, with the exception of two parts.

LAST NIGHT OF ‘HIGH SCHOOL’

February 17, 2012

It looks as if the school bullies “rule” this school in the PAHS Drama Club’s production of “Once Upon a High School,” but in the end, things change, and good does conquer evil. Tonight is the last chance to see the club’s show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area High School.

February 15th

Board, PAEA reps: Yes, we’re making progress

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the fact that the Punxsutawney Area School District teacher’s contract expired last June, both sides say the negotiations continue toward a settlement.

Don Gill, president of the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA), and Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, agreed to a joint interview to discuss exactly where the negotiations stand at this point.

Gill said the union and board actually began negotiations as an early bird prior to the six months before the former contract expired when formal negotiations are permitted to begin.

PennDOT, police bring attention to new driving law aimed at teens

February 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — A new statewide initiative has local police department officers reminding teen drivers to click it or ticket.

This week, Brookville Borough Police teamed up with Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School to take part in PennDOT’s teen driver safety mobilization, an initiative intended to inform teen drivers about a new seatbelt law.

“Today, it’s not about issuing citations,” PennDOT Safety Press Officer Shawn Houck said. “It’s about awareness. We’re trying to get the message out.”

THEY SHRUNK PUNXSY!

February 15, 2012

Using shoeboxes and other craft items, students from Cheri Barenchik’s second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School created a mini-replica of downtown Punxsutawney. The replica was part of a social studies unit titled “Needs and Wants,” designed to teach students how to use a map and get around town.

February 14th

Fairy-tales meet reality in PAHS Drama Club’s show

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The three-year-old PAHS Drama Club is preparing its third production, “Once Upon A High School,” which runs at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.

The play, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, explores two different worlds: The world of fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc., and a reality-based world familiar to high school students of today.

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