November 15th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Borough Police Department was the recipient of the the American Automobile Association (AAA) East Centralâs highest award.
Officers Ryan Miller and Kirk Brudnock traveled to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars to be recognized by AAA for outstanding service, dedication and the significant impact made by the department for improving the quality of life through its traffic safety program.
This was the fifth consecutive year of being recognized by AAA, said Chief Tom Fedigan.
Lysle Clair Bailey, 67, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at home.
He was born Aug. 28, 1944, in Kittanning, a son of the late William W. and Helen L. (White) Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was retired from Rola-Jensen Inc. in Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of private first class E-3.
He was an avid area bowler.
Surviving relatives include a brother, William W. Bailey Jr. and wife Connie of Beaver Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no public viewing or services.
The Lady Chucks' senior setter Cassie Cook (left photo) and junior hitter Sydney Weaver (right photo, left) were named to the 2011 District IX All-Star team Friday. The All-Star team was selected by coaches, who nominated their own players they thought deserved the honor. Then, all the District IX coaches voted to determine the team members. "Cassie and Sydney both had outstanding seasons, and they definitely deserved the votes," Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart said. "They work very hard and have a great passion for volleyball."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs official: Punxsutawney Borough Council approved and voted to place on display the preliminary 2012 budget â with no tax increase â at Mondayâs council meeting.
âThis is a tribute to our department heads and employees that they are able to put together their budget requests for 2012 without a tax increase in this economy,â council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Following a week of tragedy and scandal locally and statewide, Officials with the Punxsutawney Area School District made heartfelt statements at the beginning and the end of Mondayâs school board meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In the annual BOTS IQ competition, PAHS robotics students build machines to destroy or damage other robots.
But during a meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board Monday, the team demonstrated another robot, for the BEST competition, designed to be helpful, not destructive.
Weather Capital Robotics, the PAHS robotics team, competed against 19 other schools Oct 21-22 in the Wolverine BEST Hub 2011 Robotic competition at Grove City College, according to advisor Keith Hughes.
Dr. Lucinda Hart-GonzĂĄlez, 61, co-founder of Paradise Gardens and Farm, an organic farm and goat milk creamery at 2771 Paradise Rd., Reynoldsville, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at her sister's home in Concord, Mass., after a six-month battle with lung cancer.
She was born March 31, 1950, in Oakland, Calif., a daughter of Dr. Edward W. and Flori (Feder) Hart.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂĄlez graduated from Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1967, and received her bachelor's degree from UMass-Boston and her master's and doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University in 1980.Â
CLARION â The Brookville Raiders' season came to a close Saturday after suffering a crushing 40-25 defeat at the hands of the Karns City Gremlins in the District IX Class AA semi-finals.
Following the game, the disappointment was easily seen on the face of Brookville head coach Chris Dworek, who said there were several mistakes made.
"We needed to tackle better, and the rush defense wasn't the best effort," Dworek said. "We can't fix things and get them next week; that's the brutality of the playoffs."
BIG RUN â Following a year in which his business was destroyed in an incident of arson, Jeff London, the owner of Big Run Carpet, is slowly putting the pieces back together as his store is rebuilt.
London said it took only four days from when the fire occurred early Sunday, June 19, from Monday to Thursday before he was back in business.
He had everything up and running, including two small buildings, Internet, telephone and his carpet samples, and was back in business, thanks to the generosity of the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â More than 1,200 pounds of merchandise will be on the way to American troops serving in Afghanistan, thanks to the "amazing support" that area residents gave to the month-long drive sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).