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March 26th, 2012

Punxsy reps vote against Jeff Tech budget

March 26, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Jeff Tech’s preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsy’s two representatives voting no at Monday’s 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.

Getting ready for Easter

March 26, 2012

Friday, before the temperatures dropped, Trisha Reesman (left), age 10, and Jezabel Frantz (right), age nine, did their neighborly duty and helped decorate Bertha Dubensky’s yard for Easter, which is Sunday, April 8, this year.

March 25th

Ticks a potential danger to humans, animals

March 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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."

Way Back When

March 25, 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
(May 13, 1896)

AN EXCITING RUNAWAY

March 23rd

Rain or shine, Run/Walk for Someone Special is next Sunday

March 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

“I think last year, we had a cloud looming over us, and it started to rain as the last runner crossed the line,” said Stacy Hanzely, executive director of the Arc of Jefferson-Clearfield Counties. “We’ve just been so fortunate with the weather.”

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).

Proposed budget cuts shouldn’t harm existing recreational sites

March 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A proposed cut in Gov. Tom Corbett’s 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.

March 22nd

PennDOT reveals updated project plans

March 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Representatives from PennDOT District 10 held an open house Thursday night at the Lindsey Fire Hall to show residents changes to two major projects in the borough.

Residents could see early work on the two projects — the Route 110/Route 310 turning lanes project and the Elk Run Bridge/Route 119 and the Sawmill Run Bridge, Route 36/Mahoning Street replacement project — as early as this fall.

Zumba in the Park

March 22, 2012

It was a great night Thursday for doing anything outdoors, such as walking, running, Frisbee football and, as seen in Barclay Square, Zumba Fitness with Dustin Jewell (center). He holds his Zumba class in the park at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, except during inclement weather.

March 21st

Council member suggests looking into solar energy for borough buildings

March 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As energy prices continue to rise, a newly-elected member of Punxsutawney Borough Council had a suggestion on how the borough can save money during these high-cost times.

Eric Story said as an experiment, he set up solar panels and ran the wires to a circuit breaker box for safety. The experiment — using solar energy, he said — has saved him money and could be used in some of the borough’s buildings.

Story said when the green lights are flashing on the inverter box, it shows him that the solar panels are working and creating electricity.

Commissioners proclaim ‘Mentor Parent Program Week’ in county

March 21, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Kim Rhodes, executive director for the Mentor Parent Program said bullying has become an “epidemic.”

To address the need she has seen first-hand in the community, her program will host a bullying walkathon this year that will take place in Jefferson County.

“Bullying is a big thing across the board and across the world,” Rhodes said.

The Mentor Parent Program is a community-based parent project created in 1989 by parents of children with special needs to support, assist and provide expertise to parents in rural northwest Pennsylvania.

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