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February 20th, 2012
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Big Run Borough Council heard a possible solution to its police problems at Monday‚Äôs meeting, but actual funding for such a program is still the main obstacle.
Brian Lyons, a former Sykesville and Summerville police officer who also served as a police chief of a regional police department, said he‚Äôs been following council‚Äôs discussions about hiring a police officer for the borough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ When Gov. Tom Corbett said last year he was going to make some major cuts in the amount of funding that school districts received, he wasn't bluffing.
Public schools, which had to absorb about $860 million in spending cuts for the 2011-12 school year, will see their basic subsidies rise about $45 million to $5.4 billion, but could lose $100 million in grants that helped fund full-day kindergarten and other programs, such as dual enrollment.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
John K. Coxson
VALIER‚ÄĒ The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company in Valier has been a large part of Kris Grove's life since the early '90s, and she recently accepted the position of fire chief.
As far as anyone familiar with fire department history can confirm, Grove is the first female fire chief in the history of Jefferson County.
Grove said she first became interested in joining the Perry Township Fire Company after having served as one of the fire hall cleaners.
"The reason I first joined was because I have a passion to help people," she said. "I believe when someone needs help, you help them."
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ For 11 4-H members, Tuesday will be the most critical day of a six-week endeavor that began in January.
Last month, 11 4-H students from Jefferson and Clearfield counties began building a robot to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) ‚ÄĒ marking the first time 4-H members in the area became involved in this national project.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs coming along,‚ÄĚ team member Matt Vipond said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre going to be going right up to the buzzer here, but I think we‚Äôll make it.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Two members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have voted against advertising a new FEMA flood map ordinance.
But Monday, Solicitor Jay Lundy said council is obligated to approve the ordinance or risk losing flood insurance.
With a 5-2 vote, council approved a motion to advertise Ordinance No. 1115, with council members Eric Story and Toby Santik voting no.
Story said he read the new ordinance handed down by FEMA, which he said is word-for-word the same as the borough‚Äôs current ordinance, with the exception of two parts.
It looks as if the school bullies ‚Äúrule‚ÄĚ this school in the PAHS Drama Club‚Äôs production of ‚ÄúOnce Upon a High School,‚ÄĚ but in the end, things change, and good does conquer evil. Tonight is the last chance to see the club‚Äôs show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area High School.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Despite the fact that the Punxsutawney Area School District teacher‚Äôs contract expired last June, both sides say the negotiations continue toward a settlement.
Don Gill, president of the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA), and Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, agreed to a joint interview to discuss exactly where the negotiations stand at this point.
Gill said the union and board actually began negotiations as an early bird prior to the six months before the former contract expired when formal negotiations are permitted to begin.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ A new statewide initiative has local police department officers reminding teen drivers to click it or ticket.
This week, Brookville Borough Police teamed up with Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School to take part in PennDOT‚Äôs teen driver safety mobilization, an initiative intended to inform teen drivers about a new seatbelt law.
‚ÄúToday, it‚Äôs not about issuing citations,‚ÄĚ PennDOT Safety Press Officer Shawn Houck said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about awareness. We‚Äôre trying to get the message out.‚ÄĚ
Using shoeboxes and other craft items, students from Cheri Barenchik‚Äôs second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School created a mini-replica of downtown Punxsutawney. The replica was part of a social studies unit titled ‚ÄúNeeds and Wants,‚ÄĚ designed to teach students how to use a map and get around town.