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May 24th, 2012
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.
â€śThe world is not ending; weâ€™re just taking over,â€ť 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 stateâ€™s final budget is approved, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is seeing a little relief from the cuts this year.
â€śAll in all, we did OK; we fared OK,â€ť said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. â€śThere are still some areas of concern, but at the end of the day, weâ€™ll right-size the organization and do what we have to do, to maintain a high level of service.â€ť
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 Bastackyâ€™s message to youngsters and others isnâ€™t unlike that of anti-bullying campaigns today.
Donâ€™t be a victim. Donâ€™t be a victimizer. Stand up for whatâ€™s right. And be respectful of other people and their differences.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PAMS AmeriCorps teacher Christine Curtisâ€™ interest in the Holocaust as a history major turned into not only a valuable lesson for her students, but a massive project for others from which to learn.
And at the end of it all, students showed that despite their young ages, they could research and present information on such a difficult topic.
BROOKVILLE â€” At the age of 104, Edith Altman is Jefferson Countyâ€™s oldest resident.
She earned the recognition over a Reynoldsville man by only a few months, and celebrated her long life with family and friends Wednesday afternoon at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
â€śItâ€™s wonderful,â€ť her daughter, Amy Slocum said. â€śItâ€™s super. Itâ€™s great to be able to get together. We donâ€™t do it often enough. This is a celebration of life.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One year of teaching at the Punxsutawney Area High School was apparently enough time for Rodney Thompson to make an impact on students and the community, as he was named the high school â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s annual contest Tuesday.
After 11 years of teaching at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC), Thompson was hired at PAHS to teach computer applications, introduction to business and accounting in grades eight through 12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thus far, Kerin Mesankoâ€™s teaching career has consisted of two very what she calls â€śshockingâ€ť moments.
The first was being named the valedictorian of her class at Penn State University in 2005. The second was Tuesday, when she was named the elementary â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€™s annual contest.
â€śI am so blessed to be here,â€ť Mesanko said in front of her class of â€ś14 amazing studentsâ€ť in kindergarten at the Punxsutawney Christian School. â€śThis is such an awesome class, and itâ€™s easy to teach when the kids are eager to learn.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One would think that after 35 years in the same job, a person wouldnâ€™t be surprised by anything. But ask Alan Major, who was chosen as The Spiritâ€™s middle school â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť Tuesday, and heâ€™ll say thatâ€™s not the case.
Major, who has taught in the district for 35 years, has previously won The Spirit award, as well as Wal-Martâ€™s â€śTeacher of the Yearâ€ť contest several years ago.
Major teaches fourth-grade standard math, mixed science and social studies.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thanks to quick action by members of the Central Fire Department, damage was held to a minimum when a laundry basket caught fire in the back seat of a vehicle at 11:30 a.m. Monday on South Findley Street.
Scott Depp, Central Fire Department chief, said a neighbor reported seeing smoke inside of a vehicle owned by Heather Fox, Ray Lane, Punxsutawney, while it was parked on South Findley Street.
Fox said she had been at the laundromat and most of the clothes were dry, and some were still damp.