March 21st, 2011
BROOKVILLE â Monday, the Jefferson County Jail Board discussed a program that could bring state inmates back to their counties of residence for the final six months of their prison terms.
Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel said the state Department of Corrections (DOC) has contacted him, and he expressed interest in participating in the program, which is designed to assimilate state inmates into their hometown communities prior to release, said Susan Bensinger, deputy DOC press secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) has pledged to stand beside the school board as both board and union members fight cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.
During the public comment portion of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's agenda last Monday, PAEA President Don Gill read a prepared statement, saying the PAEA "will stand beside you to fight" the proposed cuts.
Aldona (Kokonaski) Miskavich Reilly, 91, Punxsutawney, and formerly of DuBois, died Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Sept. 5, 1919, in DuBois, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Snurputis) Kokonaski.
She was married to Peter Miskavich, who preceded her in death. She then married James Reilly, who also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Reilly was a medical care worker in the Reynoldsville area and a member of Army & Navy Club in Punxsy.
Carl Eugene Adams, 50, Dora-Timblin Road, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at UPMC Montefiore hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born Oct. 21, 1960 in Brookville, a son of Joseph and Evelyn Marie (Dinger) Adams Jr., who survive, of Timblin.
Mr. Adams was a 1979 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a 2001 graduate of Triangle Tech.
June 30, 1990, he married the love of his life, Marcie Jo Ross, who survives.
He worked as a logger and later as an electrician for Caylor Electric.
Dorothy Divelbiss, 95, North Irwin, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Redstone Highlands in Greensburg.
She was born June 18, 1915, in Oliveburg, a daughter of the late Clair and Blanche McMillen Lukehart.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert, in 1993.
Mrs. Divelbiss became the first full-time executive secretary of the Irwin Chamber of Commerce in 1967. For 14 years, she alone was the coordinator of the Irwin Community Picnic.
Howard G. Huey, 70, Glen Campbell, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.
Mr. Huey was born March 14, 1941, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Walter H. and Frances (Smith) Huey.
He was married to Mary L. (Engle) Huey, who survives, of Glen Campbell.
BIG RUN â Even though the Big Run Peepers appear to be a recent revelation â the tiny frogs peep when spring arrives â the method of proclamation is as old as time itself.
Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora was the guest speaker for the annual banquet and said that speaking at the banquet was one of the toughest assignments that could be presented to anyone over the years.
BIG RUN â The Big Run Citizen of the Year Award is much like the Man and Woman of the year in Punxsy â a closely guarded secret â but every once in a while the word gets out ahead of time.
That was the case this year when the Peepers Banquet committee honored Big Run's oldest citizen, Velma Schierer Bowser, at the grand old age of 93.
Bowser said she found out she was going to win because she received a card in the mail congratulating her before the banquet was scheduled to take place.
Bowser said she was shocked when she read it.