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October 11th, 2011

Punxsy students hit PSSA targets, but higher goals are on the horizon

October 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the PSSA exams is not a new development: They have been doing so for years, according to Richard Galluzzi, director of federal programs and curriculum.

"I'm so happy to announce this every year," he said Tuesday. "This town needs to be proud of its teachers and its students. They work hard and listen to the teachers."

Monday, Galluzzi told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that in 2010 and 2011, students achieved AYP across the board, and Tuesday, he detailed some of the results.

October 10th

Council OKs Oct. 31 parade on Union Street

October 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — All the little ghosts and goblins will be happy to know that Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a time and date for this year’s Halloween parade: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, hosted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

The parade will line up near NAPA Auto Parts and once again travel down Union Street, which was determined by Punxsutawney Borough Police as a safer route than closing Mahoning Street — which is a state route — as had been done in the past.

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 4, 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.

 

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