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April 21st, 2011

NEW INDUCTEES

April 21, 2011

To celebrate achievement and success, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 36 new members during an assembly Thursday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.

(Front, from left) Carolyn Barnett, Brandon Bennett, Paul Brauer, Mikeelee Brink, Nicholas Brothers, Abigail Calvert, Madison Cary, Nicole Cromley, Brandon Douthit, Morgan Doverspike, Ivy Ferko, Braxton Giavedoni and Nichole Heitzenrater were many of the new members being inducted.

Throughout the ceremony, speakers elaborated on the traditions of the NJHS.

Joe Cary’s greatest victory wasn’t in a race; it was beating cancer

April 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Seventy-nine-year-old Joe Cary, of Punxsy, will participate in the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas, during the last weekend in June.

June 25, Cary will compete in the 5K race — or 3.1 miles — in the 75 to 79 age group, and he expects to be the eldest in the category. In addition, June 26, he will compete in a triathlon that consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12.5-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run.

April 20th

Republicans make their case on the road to May 10

April 20, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Republican party members and candidates held their annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Bellamauro in Reynoldsville.

Candidates in attendance were those contending for the Jefferson County Commission, sheriff, auditor and Brookville magisterial district judge posts.

Also present were state House Speaker Sam Smith and representatives for state Sen. Joe Scarnati and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.

Party Chairman Troy Harper began by thanking county residents for heavy turnout in last fall’s elections.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

April 20, 2011

Punxsutawney Area Ministerium Association
• The Punxsutawney Area Ministerium Association will hold a community Good
Friday service at noon Friday at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor John Buchmann as the speaker.

Chestnut Grove Independent Church
• The choir of Chestnut Grove Independent Church, under the direction of Randy Doverspike, will present the musical “More Than a Carpenter” for its Good Friday service at 6:45 p.m. Friday.
The church is located at 342 Lipp Rd., southeat of Punxsutawney, just off Route 36 near Hudson.

Rossiter Calvary United Methodist Church

April 19th

Sticking it to underage drinking

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of SADD at Punxsutawney Area High School were among students across Pennsylvania sticking it to underage drinking this week.

Tuesday, SADD members posted 250 stickers on cases of beer at Sandy’s Beverages with a clear message: “Don’t be a party to underage drinking. It’s against the law.”

The event, Project Sticker Shock, runs this week throughout Pennsylvania.
According to the Pennsylvania DUI Association, alcohol has been identified as the No. 1 drug of choice among youth — and according to youth, one of the easiest to get.

Rural Road Safety Week’s message: Be alert, slow down

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — That shortcut on a rural road to save time could cost you more than minutes if you don’t keep an eye out for horses, buggies and slow-moving farm equipment.

In an effort to reduce farm-related vehicle crashes and to bring awareness to farm safety, PennDOT, the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau joined together to promote Rural Road Safety Week at Fezell’s County Market Tuesday.

Shawn Houck, PennDOT press safety officer, said slow-moving vehicles fall under one category, which means they are generally traveling under the speed limit.

Board rep: IU will see budget shortfall

April 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The budget for Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 (RIU6) will be short about $177,000, according to the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s representative to the consortium, on account of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget.

“Right now, with the budget that’s been proposed, they are not getting any money,” Punxsy school board member Penny Pifer told the board last week. “They will be short, about $177,000.”

April 18th

Coal truck overturns on Rt. 210

April 18, 2011

VALIER — A coal truck apparently lost its brakes, causing it to roll onto its side around 11 a.m. Monday at the Route 210 intersection with Route 4025 (Valier Drive), Perry Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Joe Ryan, Summerhill, was traveling north on Route 210, and as he approached the 90-degree curve at the intersection with Valier Drive, his brakes locked up, which caused the truck to roll onto the driver's side and into the guardrail, spilling a portion of its load into an adjacent stream.

Recognizing the rights of victims

April 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Crime victims continue to strive for their rights, a struggle highlighted during National Victims' Rights Week.

This year's theme, "Reshaping the Future and Honoring the Past," honors and respects crime victims who have found strength to rebuild their lives one step at a time.

April 17th

Six inducted into Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame

April 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Featured speaker Les Shoop, a former Punxsutawney Area High School basketball coach, couldn't disagree more with the opinion of those who believe that sports aren't important.

After all, he said, if sports weren't important, Saturday's event at the PAHS cafeteria wouldn't have received such a welcome turnout.

Saturday, at the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction ceremony, more than 100 family members and friends reaffirmed the featured speaker's belief by showing their support for six men who were added to the town's elite athletic group.

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