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March 14th, 2011

School board mulls over Corbett’s proposed budget

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Almost a week after Gov. Tom Corbett presented his proposed 2011-12 budget that would slash education funding in Pennsylvania, administrators and the school board are still trying to make heads or tails from the proposed budget.

Last Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting about $550 million, or 10 percent, in funds for instruction in K-12 public schools and eliminating all $260 million in grants that will be given this year to school districts to invest in learning, including pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.

‘Incredible’ entertainer performing in Punxsy

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — John Davidson said he wanted to study human behavior as a student at Denison College in Ohio, but he didn't do it as a psychology or sociology major.

"I took courses in theater, and the plays are all about human behavior," Davidson said last week. "So I met a lot of theater people, and I thought they were more motivated and socially aware than the other kids at Denison."

He became a theater arts major, and this road took him to Broadway, TV, film and to his current tour, which stops in Punxsy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Punxsutawney Area High.

PAHS band hopes to update uniforms

March 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The PAHS Marching Band is going for a new look, and it's about time — that is to say, the 10-year shelf life of its existing uniforms has expired.

Band Director Kurt Cessna addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday and, with band member Lorne Hyskell modeling, displayed a new uniform concept that he, band officers and a representative from Fruhauf Uniforms Inc. came up with.

March 13th

Young Twp. board talks audit, water

March 13, 2011

WALSTON — The Young Township supervisors adopted the storm water management ordinance at Wednesday's supervisors meeting.

Mike Defelice, supervisor chairman, said even though the ordinance has been adopted, that doesn't mean it can't be amended.

Ron Canton, township auditor, said they performed an audit on the sewage account this year and discovered a lot of problems that have been corrected.

Canton said the auditors picked up some items that were missed over the years, and some of the customers who owed money on their accounts have been coming in and bringing them current.

Way Back When

March 13, 2011

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(February 12, 1896)

Still Keeps the Stove

Candidates submit petitions for primary election

March 13, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The period of time to file petitions for the May 17 spring primary election concluded Tuesday with some incumbents and challengers filing for various positions throughout Jefferson County.

Punxsutawney Borough Council
Three seats on Punxsutawney Borough Council are up for reelection this year, with Roger Steele the only incumbent to file for reelection as a Republican.
Challenger Michele P. Lorenzo filed as a Democrat; and challenger Eric C. Story filed as a Republican.
Incumbents Robert Reesman and Donna Lellock did not file.

March 11th

Wolfe: Cuts would put all-day kindergarten in jeopardy

March 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After learning about proposed budget cuts to school districts presented by Gov. Tom Corbett this week, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Friday that Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget cuts to school districts may have placed all-day kindergarten in jeopardy.

Wolfe said he had just returned from a superintendents’ meeting at Riverview Intermediate Unit (IU) No. 6 in Clarion, and the amount of concern was astronomical.

Werner: Assumptions about cuts ‘no longer valid’

March 11, 2011

INDIANA — Students planning to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) — or any other school within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education — should prepare for their wallets to get a little lighter in light of cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget.

In his budget issued Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting $625 million in higher education costs. If the budget is approved, funding for state and state-related schools — including Penn State, Temple University and Lincoln University — would be slashed by 50 percent.

March 10th

Students, royalty celebrate Mulberry Mardi Gras

March 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The guests at Mulberry Square may not be able to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but they were able to attend their own special Mardi Gras parade through the halls of the resident home.

The Mardi Gras parade has been an annual specialty for the past five years, Activities Director Vickie Amundson said.

Over the past five years, this has become a growing project, as many of the floats have been created by the residents with the guidance of Sue Keane.

PennDOT preparing for spring work on Rt. 119

March 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 119 Committee recently received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Timothy J. Jablunovsky, P.E., portfolio manager for PennDOT District 10, said with the arrival of spring, it will be time to complete some projects and begin others.

• Elk Run Bridge, and the 310 Intersection — This project is actually three projects occurring at this location, Jablunovsky said.

The first is the sight distance improvement project that will remove a house at the corner of Route 310 and Route 119 in Elk Run.

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