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May 3rd, 2011
BROOKVILLE â Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a forum â sponsored by the Brookville and Punxsutawney Area and the Greater DuBois Area Chambers of Commerce, TURN (Taxpayers United for Representation) and the Pennsylvania Freedom Fighters â Tuesday at the Jefferson County courthouse.
Each candidate was given time to answer several questions read by moderator Randy Bartley.
These are answers to the first question posed to candidates:
How can county government be more transparent so people can be better informed as to what is going on?
BIG RUN â Acknowledging what has been a nationally recognized holiday since 1958, the VFW Post 9044, VFW District 19 of Pennsylvania and Ladies Auxiliary presented a Loyalty Day program Sunday in the Big Run War Memorial.
"Many of our holidays celebrate the birthdays of famous people or other historical events in the development of our country, but the one we celebrate today is different from all the rest," VFW Post 9044 Senior Vice- Commander Jim Soliday said. "Today is a holiday that celebrates an idea â the idea was democracy."
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported inpast issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
February 19, 1896
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PAHS students got an eyeful Friday morning through the annual âProm Promiseâ mock crash, sponsored by the schoolâs SADD Club.
Tpr. Bruce A. Morris, Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police community relations officer, said the simulated crash helps to illustrate the message of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Morris said many young people donât understand what happens from the initial impact of a crash through possible dealings with the court system. The mock crash brings home as to how long it takes; how many people are involved; and the response time.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Month in the county.
Attending the proclamation meeting were Heidi Stahl-necker, BBBS program coordinator for Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, and LuAnn McMackin of the Guidance Center, which oversees the local program.
âBig Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,â Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â First-year PAHS girlsâ track and field coach Barry Young has a message for his athletes stuck on the bus or under shelter when the skies open up, as they have often this spring.
âThereâs nothing you can do about it, so try to keep a positive attitude,â he said Thursday, one of the few days rain didnât fall.
When asked what the rain gauge in his backyard said Thursday night, Charles Hoeh, the boroughâs emergency management supervisor, replied, âSwim.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Taxpayers United for Representation Now (TURN) organized a public educational meeting to explain how the county commissioners determine the countyâs budget and property tax rates.
Attending the meeting, which was held Thursday evening at the Lindsey Fire Hall, were commissioners Paul Corbin, Jim McIntyre and Jeff Pisarcik, along with candidates for commissioner David Black, Ira Sunderland and Paul Bishop.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With all the budget cuts predicted from the state education budget, the Punxsutawney Area School District is proposing $2.7 million in cuts for its 2011-12 budget.
The Punxsy district, along with other districts in Pennsylvania, are having to create budgets that deal with a large number of cuts from the state as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Wednesday, Business Administrator Susan H. Robertson told the school board that the proposed 2011-12 expenses are $38,713,742, a decrease of $2,739,013, which represents a 6.61-percent decrease over last yearâs budget.