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May 30th, 2012

SCHOOL’S OUT AT SS.C.D.

May 30, 2012

That roar you heard at noon Wednesday was the sound of the students at SS.C.D. School being dismissed for summer vacation. Joyous students exited the building as the first few moments of summer vacation officially began.

New school lunch rules take effect July 1

May 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — School lunches will again receive a bit of a makeover, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act takes effect July 1.

During the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s committee meeting Wednesday, district Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist gave the board a preview of the new guidelines, which, according to the USDA, “align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.”

Some of the highlights include:

May 29th

Heavy storm brings heavy call volume at 911 Center

May 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sunday’s severe thunderstorm affected everyone in the county and left several hundred people without power, downed trees and power lines throughout the county and region.

Meanwhile, another storm struck the area again Tuesday, but this time, the damage from high winds appeared to have affected the northern portions of Jefferson County according to 911 scanner reports.

Advertising on or in school buses? More funding sources sought

May 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the state continues to cut funding to public schools, many districts are wondering what to do about funding for transportation.

The Punxsutawney Area School Board recently held a transportation committee meeting where school bus advertising was discussed as the new wave for funding transportation.

May 28th

Punxsy salutes those who gave all

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — in tribute to their service to their country — took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.

Sunday storm topples trees, electrical lines

May 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 honors fallen at Memorial Day program

May 28, 2012

BIG RUN — 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 ‘Leave It To Beaver,’" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."

May 25th

PAHS’ smallest class celebrates its next step

May 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Everybody makes mistakes — 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 2012’s commencement exercises Friday night, but by and large, he said, things work out when one makes amends.

Sam Smith offers lessons and ‘NCIS’ tips for PCS graduates

May 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — “What is education?” was the question asked by state Rep. Sam Smith, the speaker for the Punxsutawney Christian School’s 2012 commencement, which was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church.

PCS’ three graduates were Caleb Thomas Fugate, Lindsey Ann Reed and Jesse Michael Venturini.

Smith cited several definitions for education: “Ronald Reagan said, ‘Education 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.’

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

May 25, 2012

Punxsutawney
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
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.

Rossiter
American Legion Post 582 will conduct Memorial Day servcies at the following cemeteries Monday:
• Pearce Cemetery, 9 a.m.

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