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April 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Is Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™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.
â€śDo I support the governorâ€™s budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because itâ€™s all the money we have,â€ť Smith said. â€śHow that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.â€ť
Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbettâ€™s desk that heâ€™s comfortable with.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbettâ€™s proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board â€” and the public â€” will get its first full look at the districtâ€™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 districtâ€™s budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and â€ścuts that we think we can.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâ€™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 boroughâ€™s solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.
â€śNot only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,â€ť she said.
Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are William Vassallo and George Work.
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 boysâ€™ basketball coach from 1982 to 2006.
During his 24 seasons as head coach, he had 324 career wins.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Brett, the Jefferson County Sheriffâ€™s Departmentâ€™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 â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are Dominic â€śMickeyâ€ť Barilar and Roger Raybuck.
Dominic â€śMickeyâ€ť 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 Colonelâ€™s driver of a staff car, later graduating from IUP with a masterâ€™s degree in education in 1963.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
â€śThis, obviously, is not something that we like to do,â€ť Superintendent Sandy Craft said. â€śThe people on our staff are people from our community that work hard, but this is a must with where we are.â€ť
SYKESVILLE â€” The weather may have mimicked more winter than spring this past week, but the sky opened up and poured forth warmth instead of rain Sunday afternoon for the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special.
The event broke records in both attendance and fund-raising, bringing out 412 participants and raising over $45,000 for ARC of Jefferson County and Camp Friendship, according to event organizer Frank Hetrick.
"We shattered the record," Hetrick said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission approved several draft changes at Friday's special meeting that the state has proposed.
Bill Leiberton, commission chairman, said that the commission had to incorporate the new Civil Service rules and regulations that have suggested by Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, to be approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at tonight's meeting.