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March 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With a 5-2 vote Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council defeated Police Chief Tom Fedigan's request to begin the process of offering a new Civil Service examination to create a new eligibility list in order to hire a full-time borough police officer.
Fedigan said he wants to begin the process of hiring a new full-time police officer, which would require the scheduling of a civil service exam.
Council member William Spencer made the motion, which was seconded by Robert Reesman.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Almost a week after Gov. Tom Corbett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget that would slash education funding in Pennsylvania, administrators and the school board are still trying to make heads or tails from the proposed budget.
Last Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting about $550 million, or 10 percent, in funds for instruction in K-12 public schools and eliminating all $260 million in grants that will be given this year to school districts to invest in learning, including pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â John Davidson said he wanted to study human behavior as a student at Denison College in Ohio, but he didn't do it as a psychology or sociology major.
"I took courses in theater, and the plays are all about human behavior," Davidson said last week. "So I met a lot of theater people, and I thought they were more motivated and socially aware than the other kids at Denison."
He became a theater arts major, and this road took him to Broadway, TV, film and to his current tour, which stops in Punxsy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Punxsutawney Area High.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The PAHS Marching Band is going for a new look, and it's about time â that is to say, the 10-year shelf life of its existing uniforms has expired.
Band Director Kurt Cessna addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday and, with band member Lorne Hyskell modeling, displayed a new uniform concept that he, band officers and a representative from Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. came up with.
WALSTON â The Young Township supervisors adopted the storm water management ordinance at Wednesday's supervisors meeting.
Mike Defelice, supervisor chairman, said even though the ordinance has been adopted, that doesn't mean it can't be amended.
Ron Canton, township auditor, said they performed an audit on the sewage account this year and discovered a lot of problems that have been corrected.
Canton said the auditors picked up some items that were missed over the years, and some of the customers who owed money on their accounts have been coming in and bringing them current.
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Still Keeps the Stove
BROOKVILLE â The period of time to file petitions for the May 17 spring primary election concluded Tuesday with some incumbents and challengers filing for various positions throughout Jefferson County.
Punxsutawney Borough Council
Three seats on Punxsutawney Borough Council are up for reelection this year, with Roger Steele the only incumbent to file for reelection as a Republican.
Challenger Michele P. Lorenzo filed as a Democrat; and challenger Eric C. Story filed as a Republican.
Incumbents Robert Reesman and Donna Lellock did not file.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After learning about proposed budget cuts to school districts presented by Gov. Tom Corbett this week, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Friday that Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget cuts to school districts may have placed all-day kindergarten in jeopardy.
Wolfe said he had just returned from a superintendentsâ meeting at Riverview Intermediate Unit (IU) No. 6 in Clarion, and the amount of concern was astronomical.
INDIANA â Students planning to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) â or any other school within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education â should prepare for their wallets to get a little lighter in light of cuts in Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget.
In his budget issued Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting $625 million in higher education costs. If the budget is approved, funding for state and state-related schools â including Penn State, Temple University and Lincoln University â would be slashed by 50 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The guests at Mulberry Square may not be able to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but they were able to attend their own special Mardi Gras parade through the halls of the resident home.
The Mardi Gras parade has been an annual specialty for the past five years, Activities Director Vickie Amundson said.
Over the past five years, this has become a growing project, as many of the floats have been created by the residents with the guidance of Sue Keane.