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April 6th, 2012

Board OKs reimbursement for successful summer school completion

April 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a lengthy discussion, the Punxsutawney Area School Board agreed to charge parents/students for all classroom, cyber-school and Behind the Wheel Driver Education classes and receive reimbursement if the student completes the course.

“Everything concerning summer school is about students not being able to schedule all their classes and some extracurricular activities, too, during the regular school year,” PAHS Principal David London told the board during a recent meeting.

April 5th

Jefferson County proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Last Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer for Western PA CARES for Kids, said she appreciated the month-long recognition, but reminds county residents that child abuse occurs every day.

“I think it’s important that we as a community are watching out for children and are aware that it’s happening all the time,” she said.

Council members question turning signs at intersections

April 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The end is in sight for the PennDOT traffic signal project, with paving scheduled. But some members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have questions regarding the new no-turn-on-red signs placed at two of the downtown intersections.

Milling, paving and line painting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the week of April 16-20, Borough Manager Ben White said at Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting, while the traffic signal turn-ons are scheduled for April 25-26 at two intersections per day.

April 4th

Lady Chucks win a dramatic duel at St. Marys

April 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks this year seem to have a flair for the dramatic — especially one Lady Chuck, in particular.

After hitting a pair of buzzer-beating, game-winning shots in her senior campaign for basketball, Alex Magill played a key role in the Lady Chucks' 2-1 win over the St. Marys Lady Dutch Wednesday in St. Marys.

With two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on third — fellow senior Tori Martin — Magill successfully squeezed Martin home and reached first for just the third Punxsy hit of the game.

House OKs Smith’s bill to trim state Legislature

April 4, 2012

HARRISBURG — The state House voted Wednesday 140-49 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 153, and to reduce the number of senators from 50 to 38.

“I believe that by reducing the size the House, it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other person’s problem,” said Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), who authored the bill. “And I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.”

With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.

ALL READY FOR EASTER

April 4, 2012

Just in time for Easter, Jeanne Curtis, Punxsy’s resident expert on the art of pysanky eggs, finally has her PT Cruiser eggs-actly the way she wants it, complete with pysanky egg decals placed on the body to match the eggs she is known for designing in the area.

April 3rd

Mike’s BiLo sells winning $250K Mega Millions ticket

April 3, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Friday, four friends pooled their money together for a shot at the coveted Mega Millions prize.

Around 7 p.m., after enjoying a pizza dinner, the four hopefuls walked to Mike’s BiLo in Reynoldsville and purchased $100 in tickets, $25 apiece.

Although they didn’t come out as millionaires, five out of six numbers on one of the tickets matched, making the group $250,000 richer.

“The Mega Millions game is all over the country, so we were really fortunate to have one of the winners here,” Mike’s Bilo co-owner Theresa Kister said.

Chenoga asks Public Safety, council members to consider resource officer for schools

April 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety meeting opened Tuesday with comments from council President Larry Chenoga in support of a resource officer for Punxsutawney Area High School.

“I’m asking that a member of Public Safety and the rest of council seriously consider the suggestion that was made at a recent school board meeting for the Punxsutawney Area School District to hire a police officer to help protect students, faculty and staff at the school,” Chenoga said.

Stocking trout at Cloe Lake among the ultimate local family activities

April 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, it has been a rite of passage over the years, passed on from generation to generation: The first day of trout fishing season and the pre-season stocking of Cloe Lake.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held its annual pre-season trout stocking Tuesday at the popular fishing spot, with several generations on hand to carry on the tradition.

According to the commission, Cloe Lake, located on the Jackson Run Creek in Bell Township, was constructed in 1909.

April 2nd

School district may have to use fund balance for budget

April 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board held a budget workshop Monday to discuss possible budget cuts in order to save money in the next year’s budget.

Instead of cuts, the board learned from Business Manager Susan Robertson that the district will possibly have to dip into its fund balance in order to finish the school year with a balanced budget, saying projections for expenses this year will probably outweigh the revenue.
She said how much to move from the fund balance depends on what happens between now and the end of the fiscal year.

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