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March 28th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The mother of two daughters who attend school in the Punxsutawney Area School District addressed the board at its committee meeting Wednesday about drug use, bullying and hiring a school district police resource officer.
âThe reason I stand before you now is the growing amount of drugs and the safety issue that is on the rise in our school district,â said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was perhaps difficult to realize with 40-some degree temperatures Tuesday, but yet another sign that spring is here bloomed this week at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.
In December, five Punxsutawney Area Middle School fifth-graders â John Buffington, Guy Heckler, Bailey Jones, Megan Ray and Liam Storms, advised by Jeff Kuntz â began their participation in Journey Northâs Tulip Garden and Climate Change study, during which they planted Red Emperor tulips and tracked the approach of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Members of the PAHS Class of 2012 practice the first number of this yearâs Variety Show, which begins Thursday night. What will you see during the rest of the show, this year themed âHold On to the Memories?â Youâll have to find out for yourself, when the 2012 Variety Show kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday and also continues Friday and Saturday in the PAHS auditorium.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Monday, supporters of the Jeff Tech lumbering program presented their case as to why the program should not be discontinued due to high expenses.
âLumbering is one of the most dangerous professions, and thanks to the Jeff Tech program, students have learned how to be safe in the woods while logging,â Harry Bressler, a lumbering class advocate, said during the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committeeâs (JOC) meeting Monday.
Bressler said some of the lumbering equipment was donated to the program.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Jeff Techâs preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsyâs two representatives voting no at Mondayâs meeting.
The committee approved the budget of $7,485,723 to be advertised and forwarded to the sending school boards for its review and put on public display in preparation for the JCDAVT Board adoption by mail ballot April 23.
The budget was approved by Patty Battitori, Shelly Caine, Dr. Fred Park, Michael Smith, Lloyd McCreight and Melissa Mowrey.
Friday, before the temperatures dropped, Trisha Reesman (left), age 10, and Jezabel Frantz (right), age nine, did their neighborly duty and helped decorate Bertha Dubenskyâs yard for Easter, which is Sunday, April 8, this year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Almost everyone has enjoyed the abnormally warm weather throughout the winter season. But along with such weather comes an onslaught of deer ticks, or black-legged ticks, throughout the area.
Unseasonably warm weather has extended the season of activity for the ticks, said Dr. Tom Simmons, IUP professor of Biology and Public Environmental Health.
"With this unseasonably warm winter, it may not result in a population explosion of ticks this coming year," he said. "The tick populations were high last year, and they will remain high this year."
(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.)
(May 13, 1896)
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Rain may be in the forecast for the immediate future, but organizers of the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special hope that Mother Nature will pour the rain this weekend, not next weekend.
âI think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,â said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. âWeâve just been so fortunate with the weather.â
The Run/Walk for Someone Special, now in its 33rd year, will be held Sunday, April 1, starting at Town Hall in Sykesville (see box for details).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A proposed cut in Gov. Tom Corbettâs budget appears to affect funding of recreational activities in the area. But on closer inspection, many of those funds were used for special projects and not for operations of the program or the project itself.
The Keystone Parks, Recreation and Conservation Fund was approved by Pennsylvania voters to help pay for parks, trails and open space in 1993, when it passed a referendum by a ratio of 65 percent to 35 percent, said state House Speaker Sam Smith (R-66) of Punxsy.