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May 30th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â During a special meeting Wednesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to override Mayor James Wehrleâs veto of the change in Ordinance 1120 in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
A motion was made by Michelle Lorenzo, seconded by Mike Porada, to override Wehrleâs veto 6-1, with Lorenzo, Porada, council President Larry Chenoga, Jaime Sherry, Toby Santik and William Spencer voting yes, and Eric Story voting no.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â School lunches will again receive a bit of a makeover, as the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act takes effect July 1.
During the Punxsutawney Area School Boardâs committee meeting Wednesday, district Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist gave the board a preview of the new guidelines, which, according to the USDA, âalign school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of Americaâs schools.â
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BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency said Sundayâs 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 â in tribute to their service to their country â took part in the parade aboard two authentic World War II vehicles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 â 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 âLeave It To Beaver,â" he said. "Life was simple and carefree, or so I thought."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everybody makes mistakes â 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 2012âs commencement exercises Friday night, but by and large, he said, things work out when one makes amends.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â âWhat is education?â was the question asked by state Rep. Sam Smith, the speaker for the Punxsutawney Christian Schoolâs 2012 commencement, which was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church.
PCSâ three graduates were Caleb Thomas Fugate, Lindsey Ann Reed and Jesse Michael Venturini.
Smith cited several definitions for education: âRonald Reagan said, âEducation 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.â