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April 3rd, 2011
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
PASSAGES, an organization supporting sexual assault victims in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield counties, placed the theme, âItâs Time To Get Involved.â
Diane Kuntz, executive director of PASSAGES, said the monthâs theme is designed to educate the public about sexual assault prevention.
âWeâre going to try to inundate the community during the month to heighten awareness regarding the issues with sexual violence and sexual assault. Itâs all about primary prevention.â
HARRISBURG â As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.
The bill could include what Scarnati called an âimpact fee,â which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.
BROOKVILLE â A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.
âItâs frustrating,â resident Jen Radel said. âI love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. Itâs something that we get excited for. Then weâre disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?
Thatâs what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.
Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011âs show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own classâ Variety Show in 1962.
âOur 1962 Variety Show had the theme, âGoing On a Sentimental Journey,â with âSentimental Journeyâ being the class song,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students in Lisa Kellerâs third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
âIâve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Kellerâs class just blew me away,â Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Rather than choosing a single physician for Doctorsâ Day this year, Punxsutawney Area Hospital chose to celebrate the diversity of all doctors employed in Punxsy.
Many would expect the doctors employed at Punxsutawney Area Hospital to be from western Pennsylvania.
However, as Dan Blough, hospital CEO, noted, using a map arrayed with push pins, the doctors are from various parts of the world, showing much diversity at the local hospital.
Red push-pins on the map depicted where each doctor was born, while blue pins displayed the medical schools they attended.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.
âI went in just to direct the alma mater,â said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, âand then I got really into it.â
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Those who attended the Marcellus Shale gas drilling presentation Wednesday at the IUP-Fairman Centre learned that there are numerous opportunities for business owners to service the gas well drilling industry.
Marlene Lellock, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program was not about the pros and cons of Marcellus drilling, but how businesspeople and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the large natural gas formation located in the Jefferson County area and throughout Pennsylvania.