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March 28th, 2012

Family ties run deep during the annual PAHS Variety Show

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s strange, the information that may or may not be revealed within the walls of one’s own home.

Weeks ago, after New Year’s Day and before Groundhog Day, PAHS senior Dane Baker successfully auditioned to serve as one of the four emcees — along with Micky DeChurch, Ali Mancuso and Keaton Mohney — for the 2012 Variety Show.

“Both of my parents were very excited,” Baker said. But he didn’t know a very coincidental fact that he shared with his mother, Mary Ann (Pisarcik) Baker.

When she was a PAHS senior, in 1981, she, too served as a Variety Show emcee.

Parent: Bring a resource officer into the schools

March 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The mother of two daughters who attend school in the Punxsutawney Area School District addressed the board at its committee meeting Wednesday about drug use, bullying and hiring a school district police resource officer.

“The reason I stand before you now is the growing amount of drugs and the safety issue that is on the rise in our school district,” said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent.

March 27th

And they're off: Punxsy grabs a pair of dual wins at opener

March 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' track and field team is off to the races, and with a pair of dual meet wins — 93.5-56.5 over Hollidaysburg and 105-45 over ECC — things are looking bright for the Chucks so far.

"Overall, we got off to a good start," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "We had a lot of kids scoring, and all of the teams were glad to get one under their belts."

And they're off: Punxsy grabs a pair of dual wins at opener

March 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' track and field team is off to the races, and with a pair of dual meet wins — 93.5-56.5 over Hollidaysburg and 105-45 over ECC — things are looking bright for the Chucks so far.

"Overall, we got off to a good start," Punxsy head coach John Smith said. "We had a lot of kids scoring, and all of the teams were glad to get one under their belts."

Coach Young likes what he sees, ECC drops Lady Chucks

March 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With some mechanical difficulties preventing Hollidaysburg's girls' track team from making the trip to Punxsy, the pair of dual meets the Lady Chucks had scheduled for Tuesday turned into a single dual meet against Elk County Catholic, and the Lady Crusaders earned an 87-63 victory over Punxsy in the season opener.

Despite the final result, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was pleased with his squad's performance against a difficult ECC team.

PAMS students see fruition of December tulip planting

March 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was perhaps difficult to realize with 40-some degree temperatures Tuesday, but yet another sign that spring is here bloomed this week at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

In December, five Punxsutawney Area Middle School fifth-graders — John Buffington, Guy Heckler, Bailey Jones, Megan Ray and Liam Storms, advised by Jeff Kuntz — began their participation in Journey North’s Tulip Garden and Climate Change study, during which they planted Red Emperor tulips and tracked the approach of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

VARIETY SHOW STARTS THURSDAY

March 27, 2012

Members of the PAHS Class of 2012 practice the first number of this year’s Variety Show, which begins Thursday night. What will you see during the rest of the show, this year themed “Hold On to the Memories?” You’ll have to find out for yourself, when the 2012 Variety Show kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday and also continues Friday and Saturday in the PAHS auditorium.

Jeff Tech committee refutes claims of discontinuing lumbering

March 27, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Monday, supporters of the Jeff Tech lumbering program presented their case as to why the program should not be discontinued due to high expenses.

“Lumbering is one of the most dangerous professions, and thanks to the Jeff Tech program, students have learned how to be safe in the woods while logging,” Harry Bressler, a lumbering class advocate, said during the Jeff Tech Joint Operating Committee’s (JOC) meeting Monday.

Bressler said some of the lumbering equipment was donated to the program.

E. Eugene "Gene" Kauffman, 80

March 27, 2012

E. Eugene "Gene" Kauffman, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 21, 1931, in Mahaffey, a son of the late H. Clayton and Catherine Mae (Lee) Kauffman.

He was married to Eleanor May (Smith) Kauffman, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Kauffman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War and 31 years in the National Guard.

He was retired from Season-All Industries and later worked part-time for CRW Home Supply, where he had many friends.

March 26th

Punxsy reps vote against Jeff Tech budget

March 26, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Jeff Tech’s preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year was approved by the members of the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) 6-2, with Punxsy’s two representatives voting no at Monday’s meeting.

The committee approved the budget of $7,485,723 to be advertised and forwarded to the sending school boards for its review and put on public display in preparation for the JCDAVT Board adoption by mail ballot April 23.

The budget was approved by Patty Battitori, Shelly Caine, Dr. Fred Park, Michael Smith, Lloyd McCreight and Melissa Mowrey.

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