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April 5th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As passage of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget looms, the Punxsutawney Area School District is seeking to keep funds in check as it eyes a possible loss of almost $2 million, should Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed budget pass.
A period of discussion focused on a building and grounds vehicle, which has seemingly been replaced with a vehicle that has fewer than 2,000 miles on it after two years, board member Bob Pascuzzo said.
Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said he would like to keep a 1994 GMC, citing it as more of an asset instead of selling it.
INDIANA â€” TheÂ Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will bring award-winning actor, dancer, singer and humanitarian Bernadette Peters as next seasonâ€™s Helwig Distinguished Artist.
Â Peters will open the new 2011-12 Lively Arts touring artist season with a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Fisher Auditorium of IUPâ€™s Performing Arts Center.
Â Petersâ€™ appearance will mark the 18th for a Helwig Distinguished Artist since the program endowment was created in 1987 by Punxsutawney native and Indiana resident Florence Lattimer Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Although Easter is the holiday that is approaching, it may seem more like Christmas to the American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who receive any of the care packages or â€śgoodie boxesâ€ť being prepared and shipped abroad thanks to the generous response of area residents to a Â campaign sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When one of his close friends dropped out of Boy Scouts of America a few years ago, Christopher Mitchell didn't know if he would reach his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.
Through perseverance and honor, Mitchell, a Punxsutawney Area High School senior, became one of more than two million young men to achieve the highest rank attainable in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America Sunday afternoon amongst family, friends, fellow scouts and local dignitaries at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(February 12, 1896)
A New Gearing for Bicycles
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
PASSAGES, an organization supporting sexual assault victims in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield counties, placed the theme, â€śItâ€™s Time To Get Involved.â€ť
Diane Kuntz, executive director of PASSAGES, said the monthâ€™s theme is designed to educate the public about sexual assault prevention.
â€śWeâ€™re going to try to inundate the community during the month to heighten awareness regarding the issues with sexual violence and sexual assault. Itâ€™s all about primary prevention.â€ť
HARRISBURG â€” As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.
The bill could include what Scarnati called an â€śimpact fee,â€ť which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.
BROOKVILLE â€” A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.
â€śItâ€™s frustrating,â€ť resident Jen Radel said. â€śI love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. Itâ€™s something that we get excited for. Then weâ€™re disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?
Thatâ€™s what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.