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November 17th, 2011

Users must register for SchoolReach for new school year

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.

Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.

When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.

November 16th

Groundhog Club plans open house for improvements at Gobbler’s Knob

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Phil’s home-away-from-the-burrow is about to receive some cosmetic work.

This week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that it has received a landscape design matching grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.

Route 119 bridge will close for repairs 

November 17, 2011

INDIANA — Route 119 will be closed in both directions in Punxsutawney to install concrete barrier and guiderail on the Route 119 bridge on the Indiana Hill in Jefferson County.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, Route 119 will be closed between SR 3017 (Indiana Street) and SR 3012 (Snyder Hill Road) to perform the repairs. 

A posted detour will be in place using Route 436 to Route 36 to Route 119.

Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.

Council will examine Chamber request

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request at Monday’s meeting to return the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce’s call to not allow storefronts in town to be rented for living space.

The members of the Planning Commission acted upon a request at a recent meeting from the Chamber that storefronts in town should not be rented for living space, said Susan Glessner, council president.

November 15th

U.S. Marines, Femco, Community Action prepare for big Toys for Tots effort

November 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A room at Femco Machine Inc. is almost chock-full of toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, and if the company and the U.S. Marine Corps has their way, more rooms in the plant will be overflowing in coming weeks.

Monday, at Femco Machine Inc., Route 536, Young Township; Sgt. Jerry Huffman and Sgt. Shawn Kyler, representing the U.S. Marine Corps from Ebensburg; and Janeen Love of Community Action Inc. officially kicked off this area’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Residents question school board about historical documentation, contract talks

November 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local business owner asked the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday about a supposed reason why teachers in the district have not yet agreed upon a contract, while the school board president said the board is aware of all issues.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the board’s agenda, Tim and Cindy Chambers, owners of CRW Home Centers, expressed concern about how historical documents are referenced in textbooks and other materials — if the original documentation is edited to omit terms such as “In God We Trust,” for example.

East central AAA salutes Punxsy PD with highest honor

November 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was the recipient of the the American Automobile Association (AAA) East Central’s highest award.

Officers Ryan Miller and Kirk Brudnock traveled to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars to be recognized by AAA for outstanding service, dedication and the significant impact made by the department for improving the quality of life through its traffic safety program.
This was the fifth consecutive year of being recognized by AAA, said Chief Tom Fedigan.

November 14th

Council approves budget with no tax hike

November 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget — with no tax increase — at Monday’s council meeting.

“This is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,” council President Susan Glessner said.

PASD expresses support to families, reaffirms responsibility to students

November 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a week of tragedy and scandal locally and statewide, Officials with the Punxsutawney Area School District made heartfelt statements at the beginning and the end of Monday’s school board meeting.

PAHS robotics team fares well in first showing in BEST

November 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the annual BOTS IQ competition, PAHS robotics students build machines to destroy or damage other robots.

But during a meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday, the team demonstrated another robot, for the BEST competition, designed to be helpful, not destructive.

Weather Capital Robotics, the PAHS robotics team, competed against 19 other schools Oct 21-22 in the Wolverine BEST Hub 2011 Robotic competition at Grove City College, according to advisor Keith Hughes.

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