March 15th, 2012
BROCKWAY â A recent update to Megan's Law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett late last year, means sex offenders in Pennsylvania are now facing stricter registration and notification requirements.
A few aspects of the law, signed Dec. 20, took effect Feb. 18.
One of the changes that took effect deals with homeless offenders, and is a change about which the Rev. Jack Wisor, director of the Just for Jesus Homeless Ministry in Brockway, recently voiced concerns.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, the Punxsutawney Garden Club asked Punxsutawney Borough Council for help in replacing the hayracks that were removed from the light standards for the downtown traffic light replacement project.
âWe feel the beautification projects the Garden Club manages throughout the year make a great deal of difference in adding to the charm of the community,â Garden Club President Gloria Kerr said.
She said there is a fear that to replace the hayracks on the new light standards might damage the new poles.
CLARION â Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came â that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships â another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.
Helen Marie Cook was born in Sheridan, Wyo., Oct. 27, 1921, to Claude and Hattie Hysell.
During World War II, she moved to the Philadelphia area to assist with the war effort. She met and married Harold Cook, and they settled first in Hamilton and later moved to the family farm near Hamilton.
Helen ran her own business for 30 years and was well known in the area for her beautiful antique shop and expertise in all areas relating to the antique business.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In keeping with the tradition that has now become a second-annual occurrence with each respective PAHS sports season, and after overwhelmingly successful responses in the past The Spirit would like to announce the candidates for this year's Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player Awards.
Many athletic teams choose MVP candidates as a group, but in this election, readers of The Spirit have the opportunity to cast their ballots.
Over the past week, I've been sitting at the office searching for the perfect idea for the spring sports preview, which will appear in The Spirit exactly one week from today.
But with the thoughts surrounding the upcoming seasons â including track and field, baseball, softball and boys' tennis â I also found myself reflecting back on the sports season just recently concluded.
As glad as I am to see 70-degree days and bright sunshine, I've also come to realize just how much I enjoyed and will miss the winter sports season.
Martha MacMillan, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at home.
She was born April 6, 1925, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Waelde.
She graduated from Meadville High School in January 1943.
She worked for Talon Zipper during the war and was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.
James Stanley Vrobel, 50, Stump Creek, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at home.
He was born Sept. 27, 1961, in DuBois, a son of the late Jerome & Mary (Horzempa) Vrobel.
Mr. Vrobel was a graduate of Jefferson Technical School of Reynoldsville and earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University.
He worked as an electrical engineer and a certified IR inspector.
Mr. Vrobel was born and raised in DuBois, and for several years, lived in North Carolina, and he had been back in the area the past two years.
WALSTON â Young Township sewage customers who become late on their sewer bills could find themselves knee-deep in something else.
Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors displayed its new sewage shut-off device to be used with late-paying sewage customers.
These devices will be used at the discretion of the township supervisors for the most delinquent sewage customers, Chairman Andrew Meterko said.
He said these devices will be installed after a 48-hour shut-off notice is given to the customer, and is in accordance with the townshipâs sewage rules and regulations.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Goodwill has opened a new donation center in the Groundhog Plaza, near Burger King. The building was provided by Bob Johnson, of Johnson Motors in DuBois, and the space was provided by Joe Varacallo, of Developac Realty.