May 25th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everybody makes mistakes â even people who are the valedictorians of their classes and go on to become medical professionals.
Dr. Frank Bizousky pointed out a few missteps in his school career as the guest speaker for the PAHS Class of 2012âs commencement exercises Friday night, but by and large, he said, things work out when one makes amends.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â âWhat is education?â was the question asked by state Rep. Sam Smith, the speaker for the Punxsutawney Christian Schoolâs 2012 commencement, which was held Friday at the First United Methodist Church.
PCSâ three graduates were Caleb Thomas Fugate, Lindsey Ann Reed and Jesse Michael Venturini.
Smith cited several definitions for education: âRonald Reagan said, âEducation is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having.â
VFW Post 2076 and American Legion Post 62 will hold Memorial Day events Monday, starting with the parade at 10:30 a.m. and a service in Barclay Square at 11 a.m.
Big Run VFW Post 9044 will host its annual Memorial Day Program at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fairview Cemetery in Big Run.
In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the War Memorial.
The guest speaker will be Ron Ploucha.
American Legion Post 582 will conduct Memorial Day servcies at the following cemeteries Monday:
âą Pearce Cemetery, 9 a.m.
SHIPPENSBURG â The three Punxsy athletes who were slated to compete at the PIAA Class AAA Track and Field Championships Friday in Shippensburg knew they had their work cut out for them with stiff competition from across the state converging on the meet.
And with the seed times, Punxsy knew it would be a long shot for any of its athletes to advance beyond the preliminary rounds.
And although none did advance, all three underclassmen âÂ sophomores Juliann Boddorf and Kevin Hughes and junior Alexis Young âÂ gained some valuable experience running in the big tourney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Hunter Hickok and Dakotah Byers combined to pitch a two-hitter, and I-Medical's bats did the rest, helping Punxsy cruise to a 17-4, five-inning victory over Walbeck in Indiana County Youth Legion action Friday in Punxsutawney.
Hickok allowed three runs, none of which were earned, and Byers allowed just one on a balk.
Hickok's line included four strikeouts, and Byers fanned three in just two innings of work.
SHIPPENSBURG â Five individual performers for the Brookville track and field teams participated in Friday's events at the PIAA Class AA Track and Field State Championships in Shippensburg, with one walking away a medalist and two advancing beyond the preliminary rounds to today's action.
Ryan Kerr âÂ a thrower for the boys' track and field team âÂ earned a third-place finish in the finals, which were held Friday, with a throw of 194-8. While Kerr's seed throw of 207-2 would have been enough to eclipse the first-place mark, finishing third at the state meet is still quite an accomplishment.
Emma Jane Larimer, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.
She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Stanton, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Ruth (Thrush) Shields.
Oct. 25, 1947, she married Lawrence James Larimer, who preceded her in death Oct. 19, 2008.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
She was a very active member of Shoregate Methodist Church in Willowick, Ohio, where she was a leader within the church.
REYNOLDSVILLE â The Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS Class of 2012 is looking at a different take on an ancient Mayan philosophy that suggests 2012 will mark the end of the world.
âThe world is not ending; weâre just taking over,â said class President Karissa Dinger, of Punxsy, as 93 students from the Brockway, Brookville, DuBois and Punxsutawney school districts received their diplomas Thursday night at Jeff Tech.
BROOKVILLE â While human services, higher education and basic education may endure significant cuts once the stateâs final budget is approved, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is seeing a little relief from the cuts this year.
âAll in all, we did OK; we fared OK,â said Eric Bridges, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. âThere are still some areas of concern, but at the end of the day, weâll right-size the organization and do what we have to do, to maintain a high level of service.â
Thursday evening, members of the Punxsutawney Garden Club planted flowers in the first half of the hayracks around town. They will plant the second half whenever new hayracks are placed at the new light posts. Pictured are (from left) Kerri Stebbins, Kim Neigh, Grace Neigh, Tanga Hopkins, Rose Osikowicz and Dottie Jekielek.