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April 1st, 2011

Brookville residents want to know: What’s happening to the Laurel Festival?

April 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

“It’s frustrating,” resident Jen Radel said. “I love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. It’s something that we get excited for. Then we’re disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.”

March 31st

Smith: Bill would not hurt rural districts

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?

That’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.

Harry Barnett stays faithful to Variety Show for almost 50 years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.

Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011’s show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own class’ Variety Show in 1962.

“Our 1962 Variety Show had the theme, ‘Going On a Sentimental Journey,’ with ‘Sentimental Journey’ being the class song,” he said.

Students’ podcast project shows ability beyond their years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in Lisa Keller’s third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
“I’ve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Keller’s class just blew me away,” Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.

Hospital singles out not one doctor, but diversity for Docs’ Day

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rather than choosing a single physician for Doctors’ Day this year, Punxsutawney Area Hospital chose to celebrate the diversity of all doctors employed in Punxsy.

Many would expect the doctors employed at Punxsutawney Area Hospital to be from western Pennsylvania.

However, as Dan Blough, hospital CEO, noted, using a map arrayed with push pins, the doctors are from various parts of the world, showing much diversity at the local hospital.

Red push-pins on the map depicted where each doctor was born, while blue pins displayed the medical schools they attended.

March 30th

After 60 years, shows may change; the cause does not

March 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.

“I went in just to direct the alma mater,” said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, “and then I got really into it.”
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.

Chamber eyes benefiting from Marcellus drilling

March 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Those who attended the Marcellus Shale gas drilling presentation Wednesday at the IUP-Fairman Centre learned that there are numerous opportunities for business owners to service the gas well drilling industry.

Marlene Lellock, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program was not about the pros and cons of Marcellus drilling, but how businesspeople and entrepreneurs can take advantage of the large natural gas formation located in the Jefferson County area and throughout Pennsylvania.

Johnstown wrestler promotes Saturday show

March 30, 2011

JOHNSTOWN — Miss Elizabeth, she isn’t.

While Brandy Way — a professional wrestler known on several independent circuits as Brittany Force — grew up watching and admiring Miss Elizabeth — the gorgeous valet of WWF star Randy “Macho Man” Savage — her tough side told her that if she ever broke into the business, she wouldn’t just be standing at the side of the ring, all dolled-up and fragile.

March 29th

Class of 2011 kicks off 60th anniversary of Variety Show

March 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Much anticipation has been building as the PAHS Class of 2011 prepares to present the 60th Variety Show, this year titled “Long Live Our Dreams.”

As everyone from the senior class is able to come together in one of the last activities as a group, the 2011 Variety Show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the PAHS auditorium.

Throughout the nights, the audience will view 12 skits, including “Beiber Fever,” “Phil Club” and a ballet dance that show the seniors have dedicated much of their time and efforts to performing.

Legislative help unlikely for Solid Waste Authority

March 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority recently discussed the likelihood of policy revisions that could help the authority’s funding predicament.

In particular, the authority has lobbied the state to again implement administrative fees, which could be used to reimburse the authority for every ton of waste material collected.

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