May 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Call it a very intense training regiment.
Twenty-two-year old Mathieu Krsnik, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, has visited Boston and locations in New York state, but he hopes to see much more â€” all before the second weekend in June â€” of the United States on a cycling trip all the way to Florida.
Board president explains Jeff Tech program decision
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Conrad confirmed that the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee voted unanimously to discontinue its lumbering and marketing/retailing programs, but plans to offer other shops in their places.
Facing declining enrollment and funding issues, the committee voted to
discontinue the programs May 3.
Ursula Concetta (Mondi) Albino, 76, Walston, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 7, 1935, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Adams) Mondi.
In 1969, she married Joseph â€śMuzâ€ť Albino, who survives.
Mrs. Albino was a special education teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 35 years.
She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her masterâ€™s degree from Penn State University.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council appointed Jaime Sherry of Highland Avenue, Punxsy, as the newest council member to succeed Robert Reesman, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Susan Glessner after her resignation earlier this year.
Reesman recently resigned because he was moving out of the borough.
Council President Larry Chenoga said Sherry was the first person to submit her application for the position, and that was the order in which council would vote on the candidates.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its preliminary 2012-13 budget.
The preliminary budget calls for revenues of $34,361,096 in revenue â€” an increase of $1,498,602 over the 2011-12 budget â€” which includes funds that were taken away last year by the state but have since been restored.
The proposed spending plan also calls for $39,399,198 in expenses â€” an increase of $685,446, a 1.77 percent increase over last year.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized during the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Foster parents, board members and local dignitaries all gathered to honor the dedication and care that foster parents provide to youngsters.
The event, hosted by the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board, is held in May every year as part of Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After jumping out to an impressive 13-1 start, the Punxsy Chucks JV baseball team faltered over a two-day period with two losses to two very tough opponents.
The first loss came Friday at the hands of State College â€”a 14-2 defeat.
The Chucks struggled with the sticks Friday, earning only two hits off the bats of Christian Falgout and Dakotah Byers.
Byers' hit came in the sixth and drove in Punxsy's only two runs of the day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Before Saturday afternoon's softball game against Smethport, the Lady Chucks took time to pay tribute to the members of their team who will be graduating in less than a month.
In the game that followed, Punxsy's seniors shined â€” highlighted by a three-RBI triple by senior catcher Johnna Depp â€” in an 8-4 victory over the Hubbers.
After the game, Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said he was pleased with the team's performance to close out a busy week heading into another this week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy starting pitcher Dane Baker pitched six innings of two-hit baseball, and Ryan Sloniger closed the deal with one perfect inning, as the Chucks cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Smethport Hubbers Saturday in Punxsutawney.
A Dylan Mott double and a Ryan Stratton single were the only blemishes on an otherwise perfect, walk-free effort by the Chucks' pitchers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's that time of year to dust off the lawnmowers and cut the grass â€” and property owners who don't will be hearing from Punxsutawney code enforcement officer Mary McHenry.
"The lawn mowing season began a little bit earlier than last year with the warm weather back in March, which has caused grass mowing violations to start early,â€ť McHenry said.
Many people have mowed their grass a couple of times already, which causes those who haven't to stick out.