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October 10th, 2011

Students hit performance target on PSSAs

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District once again made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the PSSAs during the 2010-11 school year, the school board learned Monday.

Monday, Richard Galluzzi, the district’s director of federal programs and curriculum, said students hit proper targets in attendance, graduation and test participation.

In grades three through five, six through eight and nine through 12, students hit all targets, either four-for-four or three-for-three in reading and mathematics.

“We hit every target across the board,” Galluzzi said.

Punxsy native choreographs heart-healthy flash-mob

October 10, 2011

INDIANA — Flash mobs are something most people are used to seeing on YouTube or television, or hearing about from a friend, but one local native was fortunate enough to take part in one this summer for a good cause.

While she was working at a children’s camp over the summer, Nikki Battestilli, a senior studying theater at IUP, was asked by Laura Jeffry of the Indiana Regional Medical Center, to choreograph a flash mob pertaining to a health- related issue — in this case, the seven signs of a heart attack.

October 9th

Parking to cease along Grace Way, Water Street?

October 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The members of the Public Safety Committee said at a recent meeting that with the opening of the brine water treatment facility near the Punxsy sewage treatment facility, on-street parking will have to be eliminated for both Water Street and Grace Way.

Larry Chenoga, committee member, said that he, along with Mike Porada, committee chairperson; and Ben White, borough manager, spent several hours observing traffic coming in and out on the two streets and recommend that all parking be eliminated because of the size of the trucks hauling the water in for treatment.

New program allows area kids to plant seeds of hope

October 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday School students from the First Church of God in Punxsy, Grace United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army did some
gardening at Harmon Field Sunday morning as part of a Bible lesson.

A new initiative called "Hands On Faith" has begun for students K-5, said Karissa Spencer, director of Children's Ministries (K-5) at First Church of God.

Spencer said that once a month, "Hands On Faith" will try and perform a community service project to coincide with a Bible lesson.

Way Back When

October 9, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(April 8, 1896)

SHOT IN THE BACK
An Italian's Bold Attempt at
Assassination

October 5th

Council members receive up-close look at new Elk Run fire truck

October 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Prior to Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, members of Punxsutawney Borough Council were given a tour of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company’s new fire engine that was delivered last week.

The bright yellow and white engine was delivered last Thursday from the Ferrara Fire Apparatus Company in Louisiana, and has already been tested.

Firefighters have also received training sessions on the new apparatus.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

October 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — If you want to vote in the Nov. 8 general election, but you’re not currently registered, you have only until Tuesday to do so.

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter. If you’re not, you need to register by Tuesday, according to Karen Lupone, chief clerk for Jefferson County.

How do you know if you need to register?

Lupone said if you are a first-time voter, have recently moved to a different area or changed your name, you may need to register — or re-register — to vote.

October 4th

East End seeks own night for trick-or-treating

October 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee received requests for two separate nights of trick-or-treating, one from East End residents and another from the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Jaime Sherry, of Highland Avenue, requested council approve a request from East End residents to hold its own separate trick-or-treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Sherry said people in that area of town do a lot of extra things that make the event better on Saturday than during the week.

Young Township hopes cameras, new recycling site will deter illegal dumping

October 5, 2011

WALSTON — At last, the recycling bins formerly located at Walston Community Park have moved to the Young Township Municipal building, Walston Road.

Township Supervisor Andrew Meterko said the main reason the recycling bins were moved was due to the lack of security at the playground location.

“We won’t have to go up and gather all the garbage that people brought to the old recycling location at the park,” he said. Township workers regularly picked up a variety of items from the former site, including televisions, mattresses and garbage.

October 3rd

Ceremony celebrates 4-H members, leaders

October 3, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Monday night, 4-H members and leaders were recognized at the annual 4-H Leader Recognition Dinner and 4-H Awards Program.
The program was held at the Foundry in Reynoldsville; Susan Alexander, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator, welcomed everyone in attendance.

The ceremony celebrated 4-H volunteers — those who just started, and those who have contributed most of their lives to the program.

Lois Pifer, who has served for Jefferson County's 4-H program for 40 years, was recognized for her significant service.

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The Punxsutawney Chucks re-claimed the Route 36 Rivalry trophy on Friday night with a 47-6 victory over the Brookville...
Punxsy's boys' cross country (led by Eric Ingros, pictured here) led the Chucks and Lady Chucks in...
Thursday was a busy day in PAHS sports action, with the volleyball team hosting the Curwensville...
Punxsy's boys' golf squad fell to a tough opponent in Indiana on Wednesday, while the girls took to...

 

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