April 4th, 2012
HARRISBURG â€”Â The state House voted Wednesday 140-49 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 153, and to reduce the number of senators from 50 to 38.
â€śI believe that by reducing the size the House, it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other personâ€™s problem,â€ť said Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), who authored the bill. â€śAnd I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.â€ť
With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.
Just in time for Easter, Jeanne Curtis, Punxsyâ€™s resident expert on the art of pysanky eggs, finally has her PT Cruiser eggs-actly the way she wants it, complete with pysanky egg decals placed on the body to match the eggs she is known for designing in the area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On another perfect day for a track meet weather-wise, Punxsy hosted the boys' track teams from Altoona and Brookville, and despite being out-powered by the Lions, 128-22, Punxsy picked up a dual win over the Raiders, 98.5-51.5.
While the team score didn't look so good against Altoona, Punxsy head coach John Smith said their well-tuned team overshadowed a lot of individual performances for the Chucks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Hosting a pair of impressive track squads in the Brookville Lady Raiders and the Altoona Lady Lions, Punxsy knew it'd have to work for a victory in either dual meet Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, they fell short in each match.
The Brookville meet was the closest, with Punxsy being edged 81-69.
Tuesday evening, the 2011-12 Punxsy Chucks boys' basketball team gathered for a well-deserved final meal at their banquet at Neko's Restaurant & Lounge in Punxsutawney. Along with earning the final recognition, the players who earned letters this season were also honored. Pictured here are letter-winners (from left) Daniel Triponey, Tim Pearce, Brandon Mancuso, Garrett Zimmerman and Luke Janocha. Missing from the photo are fellow letter winners Alex Fedigan, Ian Miller, Michael Rosenberger and Jesse Venturini.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Friday, four friends pooled their money together for a shot at the coveted Mega Millions prize.
Around 7 p.m., after enjoying a pizza dinner, the four hopefuls walked to Mikeâ€™s BiLo in Reynoldsville and purchased $100 in tickets, $25 apiece.
Although they didnâ€™t come out as millionaires, five out of six numbers on one of the tickets matched, making the group $250,000 richer.
â€śThe Mega Millions game is all over the country, so we were really fortunate to have one of the winners here,â€ť Mikeâ€™s Bilo co-owner Theresa Kister said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Safety meeting opened Tuesday with comments from council President Larry Chenoga in support of a resource officer for Punxsutawney Area High School.
â€śIâ€™m asking that a member of Public Safety and the rest of council seriously consider the suggestion that was made at a recent school board meeting for the Punxsutawney Area School District to hire a police officer to help protect students, faculty and staff at the school,â€ť Chenoga said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For many, it has been a rite of passage over the years, passed on from generation to generation: The first day of trout fishing season and the pre-season stocking of Cloe Lake.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission held its annual pre-season trout stocking Tuesday at the popular fishing spot, with several generations on hand to carry on the tradition.
According to the commission, Cloe Lake, located on the Jackson Run Creek in Bell Township, was constructed in 1909.
Robert A. Snyder, 73, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy and Clearfield's pitching staffs combined for 17 walks, and Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey said after the game, "It wasn't a pretty one." But the Chucks did what they needed to in order to pick up a 12-6 victory over the Bison's baseball team Monday evening in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy's offense was productive, and the Chucks took advantage of a few well-timed errors by the Bison, including two attempted pickoff plays which led to Punxsy runs, to put up their 12 runs.