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January 27th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ An important part of the Groundhog Day festivities is the excitement generated by a group known as Philâs Dancers, selected each year at PAHS by math teacher and Inner Circle Stump Warden Ron Ploucha.
This yearâs dancers were selected in November and include Mia Anderson, Melissa Blose, Tawnee Bowers, Danielle Knopick, Megan Muth, Samantha Osikowicz, Allie Shields and Krystin Vanderpool.
PUNXSUTWNEY â Even though the contract doesnât expire until the end of the school year, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) have been meeting to begin negotiating a new contract.
The current contract, which was approved in June 2007, and was retroactive to July 1, 2004, and expires June 30.
Board President Gary Conrad said the state must be notified six months in advance when the contract will expire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As Rita Clark turned 70 Wednesday, her daughter, Chrissy Clark, wrote a thoughtful message to all who know her in hopes to make the day more than one to be remembered:
âA special time is coming you see, for a woman we all know is turning seventy.
To make her day special and grand, I dream of seeing seventy roses in her hand.
To make this dream complete and true, I will need some help from all of you.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you ever thought that your life was the âAmerican Dream?â
Via the Punxsutawney Rotary Club and PEACE (ProAmerican Educational And Cultural Exchange) Inc., three foreign exchange students are experiencing America with host families that best matched their personalities.
Daniela Gutierrez, of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Lisa Good, while Eugenio Rojon, of Mexico, is staying with the family of Brian Smith.
Caro Feican, also of Ecuador, is staying with the family of Kevin Hughes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Construction on the new Graystone Court-Punxsutawney could begin as soon as late spring, following approval from the Punxsutawney Zoning Commission regarding five appeals requested Tuesday by the project developer.
Tony Miller, senior project engineer for Stiffler McGraw Engineers of Hollidaysburg, presented a preview of the new apartment complex to be constructed at the site of the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School, 407 East Mahoning St.
Miller said plans entail converting the former school into independent living apartments for seniors age 55 and older.
BROOKVILLE â After a recent plunge into frigid temperatures, the Jefferson County Commissioners reported Tuesday that there are no issues with the heating system at the courthouse.
Last January, the courthouse â then only two months removed from an opening ceremony following massive renovations â sustained major water damage when frozen water pipes burst.
The water pipes were affected because of a failure with the buildingâs heating system. Later, engineers reported that the system had not been properly balanced or commissioned, and errors occurred that led to the breaks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If your children seem to enjoy going to school in the Punxsutawney Area School District, theyâre not fooling you, according to data from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Director of Federal Programs and Curriculum for the district, Richard Galluzzi, reported that the district continues to have a high percentage of students who graduate and attend school on a regular basis.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â With the cold and snowy weather lately, the subject of school being cancelled or delayed has become a hot topic in several of the school districts that make up the Jeff Tech Operating District.
The Brookville Area School Board recently discussed the possibility of eliminating with two-hour delays, because some believe they disrupt the educational process too much due to the shortened class schedules.
Marsha Welsh, Jeff Tech director, explained how decisions on weather cancellations and delays are made at Mondayâs Jeff Tech Operating Committee meeting.
SYKESVILLE â Marcellus Shale gas drilling, is it safe or not?
That's the question that more than 100 people gathered to hear the answer to at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary social hall in Sykesville Friday evening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With Punxsutawney Philâs upcoming forecast looming in the future as the days to February dwindle away, the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center prepares to again induct two new members into its Meteorologist Hall of Fame.
Joining the ranks of the âWeather Capital of the Worldâsâ elite, for their dedication to the advancement of knowledge in weather science, climatology and meteorology, are AccuWeatherâs Elliot Abrams and The Weather Channelâs Dr. Greg Forbes.
A Groundhog Day induction ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the centerâs lobby.