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April 13th, 2011

DEMOLITION BEGINS

April 13, 2011

Demolition began Wednesday on the former Parente’s Recreation along North Gilpin Street and a two-story, wood-framed house located next door. Both structures were razed to make way for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors. The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets. The two-story portion of the former Grube Hospital that houses the Pine Street Senior Center will also be demolished later this summer. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Bruce Chambers

April 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bruce Chambers is a posthumous inductee into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.

Chambers, a 1969 graduate of PAHS, was an All-State football player, playing linebacker and fullback. He lettered his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also lettered in track, throwing the discus and shot put. He also played basketball and other sports.

He was a Zeedick Cup award winner and obtained a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. He earned a degree in civil engineering.

April 12th

Smith: Proposed budget won’t be the one sent to Corbett

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Is Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011-12 budget a done deal?

House Speaker Sam Smith says no, and that the proposal Corbett made March 8 will not be the proposal placed on his desk as the final budget.
“Do I support the governor’s budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because it’s all the money we have,” Smith said. “How that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.”

Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbett’s desk that he’s comfortable with.

District will reveal prelim budget April 27

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board — and the public — will get its first full look at the district’s preliminary budget during its committee meeting April 27.

Monday, Business Administrator Susan Robertson told board members that she had provided them with reports of where the district’s budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and “cuts that we think we can.”

Council lauds the departing Morris, welcomes new solicitor Jay Lundy

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the borough’s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who has resigned and is moving to California.

Council President Susan Glessner said Morris has served as the borough’s solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.

“Not only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,” she said.

Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.

Vassallo, Work ready to enter Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame Saturday evening

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are William Vassallo and George Work.
William Vassallo

Vassallo played high school basketball at Cameron County High School and college basketball at Lock Haven University from 1973 to 1977, where he was a second team PSAC All-Star during his senior year.

During his career at PAHS, Vassallo was the JV basketball coach from 1977 to 1982 and was the head boys’ basketball coach from 1982 to 2006.
During his 24 seasons as head coach, he had 324 career wins.

April 11th

Citing higher-than-expected bids, ATA places project on indefinite hold

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that the ATA building project along North Findley Street has been placed on hold indefinitely.

Borough Manager Ben White said bids to construct a terminal came in higher than what ATA had to spend on the project.

White said that St. Marys is going through a similar situation, as its terminal project was also bid and came back too high.

Brett retiring? Sheriff would like to see him search Punxsy schools for drugs

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brett, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, may be close to retirement, but his master and handler Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. would like to see him perform a few more sweeps — ideally, in Punxsutawney area schools.

Monday, board President Gary Conrad, who had invited Gotwald to speak to the board, said he would like to offer Gotwald and Brett an open invitation to search the schools, provided that Gotwald has a class schedule.

Barilar, Raybuck set for induction into Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame

April 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are Dominic “Mickey” Barilar and Roger Raybuck.

Dominic “Mickey” Barilar

Barilar is a 1950 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, as well as a graduate of Clarion State Teachers College.

While serving in the U.S. Army, he spent 18 months in Germany as the Colonel’s driver of a staff car, later graduating from IUP with a master’s degree in education in 1963.

Brookville board: 20 staff members could be cut

April 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A special meeting of the Brookville Area School Board was held Monday, where board members discussed possible options for reducing spending by nearly $2 million.

Potential reductions include eliminating more than 20 staff members and reducing spending on athletics and extracurriculars.

“This, obviously, is not something that we like to do,” Superintendent Sandy Craft said. “The people on our staff are people from our community that work hard, but this is a must with where we are.”

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