April 12th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Is Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed 2011-12 budget a done deal?
House Speaker Sam Smith says no, and that the proposal Corbett made March 8 will not be the proposal placed on his desk as the final budget.
âDo I support the governorâs budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because itâs all the money we have,â Smith said. âHow that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.â
Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbettâs desk that heâs comfortable with.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board â and the public â will get its first full look at the districtâs preliminary budget during its committee meeting April 27.
Monday, Business Administrator Susan Robertson told board members that she had provided them with reports of where the districtâs budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and âcuts that we think we can.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâs new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who has resigned and is moving to California.
Council President Susan Glessner said Morris has served as the boroughâs solicitor since 1999 and has been very active in the community.
âNot only are we going to miss him at borough council, but the community will also miss him,â she said.
Morris said he believed there is no higher calling than that of a solicitor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are William Vassallo and George Work.
Vassallo played high school basketball at Cameron County High School and college basketball at Lock Haven University from 1973 to 1977, where he was a second team PSAC All-Star during his senior year.
During his career at PAHS, Vassallo was the JV basketball coach from 1977 to 1982 and was the head boysâ basketball coach from 1982 to 2006.
During his 24 seasons as head coach, he had 324 career wins.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy baseball team has been a notoriously slow starter the past few years.
When the Chucks won the state title in 2007, they followed a 6-5 start by winning 10 of their final 12 games. Last year, Punxsy's seventh-straight District IX Class AAA Championship team started 3-7.
Monday, in a change from years past, Punxsy continued its quick start behind home runs by Tyler Skerkavich and Ty Zimmerman when it improved to 4-0 after a 16-9 victory over Class AAAA DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsy senior Dave Roberts had to fight hard to pick up his first win of the season Monday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Roberts, the Chucks' No. 1 singles player, lost the first set 7-5. After forcing a tiebreaker by winning the second set, 6-3, he fell behind by three points in the tiebreaker.
He rebounded and came back to earn his first win of the season with a 10-7 win in the tiebreak, which helped Punxsy (1-2) beat Clearfield, 9-0.
Alexander âJakeâ Testut III, 66, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
He was born on Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Alexander Testut II and Dorothy Wottawa.
Mr. Testut was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before his medical discharge.
He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that the ATA building project along North Findley Street has been placed on hold indefinitely.
Borough Manager Ben White said bids to construct a terminal came in higher than what ATA had to spend on the project.
White said that St. Marys is going through a similar situation, as its terminal project was also bid and came back too high.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Brett, the Jefferson County Sheriffâs Departmentâs K-9 unit, may be close to retirement, but his master and handler Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. would like to see him perform a few more sweeps â ideally, in Punxsutawney area schools.
Monday, board President Gary Conrad, who had invited Gotwald to speak to the board, said he would like to offer Gotwald and Brett an open invitation to search the schools, provided that Gotwald has a class schedule.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Two of the latest inductees into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame are Dominic âMickeyâ Barilar and Roger Raybuck.
Dominic âMickeyâ Barilar
Barilar is a 1950 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, as well as a graduate of Clarion State Teachers College.
While serving in the U.S. Army, he spent 18 months in Germany as the Colonelâs driver of a staff car, later graduating from IUP with a masterâs degree in education in 1963.