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March 28th, 2012

Family ties run deep during the annual PAHS Variety Show

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s strange, the information that may or may not be revealed within the walls of one’s own home.

Weeks ago, after New Year’s Day and before Groundhog Day, PAHS senior Dane Baker successfully auditioned to serve as one of the four emcees — along with Micky DeChurch, Ali Mancuso and Keaton Mohney — for the 2012 Variety Show.

“Both of my parents were very excited,” Baker said. But he didn’t know a very coincidental fact that he shared with his mother, Mary Ann (Pisarcik) Baker.

When she was a PAHS senior, in 1981, she, too served as a Variety Show emcee.

Parent: Bring a resource officer into the schools

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

“The 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,” said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent.

March 27th

PAMS students see fruition of December tulip planting

March 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — John Buffington, Guy Heckler, Bailey Jones, Megan Ray and Liam Storms, advised by Jeff Kuntz — began their participation in Journey North’s Tulip Garden and Climate Change study, during which they planted Red Emperor tulips and tracked the approach of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

VARIETY SHOW STARTS THURSDAY

March 27, 2012

Members of the PAHS Class of 2012 practice the first number of this year’s Variety Show, which begins Thursday night. What will you see during the rest of the show, this year themed “Hold On to the Memories?” You’ll 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.

Jeff Tech committee refutes claims of discontinuing lumbering

March 27, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Monday, supporters of the Jeff Tech lumbering program presented their case as to why the program should not be discontinued due to high expenses.

“Lumbering 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,” Harry Bressler, a lumbering class advocate, said during the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee’s (JOC) meeting Monday.

Bressler said some of the lumbering equipment was donated to the program.

March 26th

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).

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