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May 15th, 2012

Cyclist stops in Punxsy as part of Canada-to-Florida trip to fight cancer

May 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Call it a very intense training regiment.

Twenty-two-year old Mathieu Krsnik, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, has visited Boston and locations in New York state, but he hopes to see much more — all before the second weekend in June — of the United States on a cycling trip all the way to Florida.

Board president explains Jeff Tech program decision

May 15, 2012

Board president explains Jeff Tech program decision
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Conrad confirmed that the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee voted unanimously to discontinue its lumbering and marketing/retailing programs, but plans to offer other shops in their places.

Facing declining enrollment and funding issues, the committee voted to
discontinue the programs May 3.

May 14th

Sherry to fill council vacancy

May 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council appointed Jaime Sherry of Highland Avenue, Punxsy, as the newest council member to succeed Robert Reesman, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Susan Glessner after her resignation earlier this year.

Reesman recently resigned because he was moving out of the borough.
Council President Larry Chenoga said Sherry was the first person to submit her application for the position, and that was the order in which council would vote on the candidates.

PASD board gives preliminary OK for budget

May 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its preliminary 2012-13 budget.

The preliminary budget calls for revenues of $34,361,096 in revenue — an increase of $1,498,602 over the 2011-12 budget — which includes funds that were taken away last year by the state but have since been restored.
The proposed spending plan also calls for $39,399,198 in expenses — an increase of $685,446, a 1.77 percent increase over last year.

CYS board honors two couples as Foster Parents of the Year

May 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized during the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Foster parents, board members and local dignitaries all gathered to honor the dedication and care that foster parents provide to youngsters.

The event, hosted by the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board, is held in May every year as part of Foster Parent Appreciation Month.

May 13th

With warm weather here, residents reminded of code violations

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's that time of year to dust off the lawnmowers and cut the grass — and property owners who don't will be hearing from Punxsutawney code enforcement officer Mary McHenry.

"The lawn mowing season began a little bit earlier than last year with the warm weather back in March, which has caused grass mowing violations to start early,” McHenry said.

Many people have mowed their grass a couple of times already, which causes those who haven't to stick out.

Two injured in Route 119 wreck

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The drivers in a two-vehicle accident were injured in a head-on crash that occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday along Route 119 in front of the Country Villa Motel and Wal-Mart in Young Township, police reported.

According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Kristen M. Woods, 29, Big Run, was traveling north on Route 119 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her vehicle to drift through the center turn lane and into the oncoming southbound lane, striking a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John L. Parise, 60, Punxsutawney.

Way Back When

May 13, 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
(July 8, 1896)

FIRE IN BIG RUN
A House Belonging to Henry Brown Destroyed

May 11th

Supervisors looking to add more fire hydrants in township

May 11, 2012

WALSTON — The Young Township Board of Supervisors is agreeable about adding more fire hydrants in the township, but seeks an official request from the chief of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Wednesday, Gary Godak, assistant chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company but addressing the board as a township resident, said the department would like to place hydrants in two locations: One about a half-mile from the New Anchor Inn, along Harmony Road/Route 310, and further down the road just before Adrian/DeLancey.

Special-use learning area named in honor of Ralph F. Roberts

May 11, 2012

INDIANA — Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUP’s Punxsutawney campus.

May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.

“The Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,” David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.

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