April 27th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With all the budget cuts predicted from the state education budget, the Punxsutawney Area School District is proposing $2.7 million in cuts for its 2011-12 budget.
The Punxsy district, along with other districts in Pennsylvania, are having to create budgets that deal with a large number of cuts from the state as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Wednesday, Business Administrator Susan H. Robertson told the school board that the proposed 2011-12 expenses are $38,713,742, a decrease of $2,739,013, which represents a 6.61-percent decrease over last yearâs budget.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Democratic candidates hoping for party nominations to local office in the May 17 primary met Wednesday at the Bellamauro Social Hall in Reynoldsville.
Those speaking included candidates for county commission, magisterial district justice and county auditor.
Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hilliard introduced the candidates, and thanked them for running. He also urged voters to turn out for the local elections.
The candidates for county commission vacancies include incumbent Jeffrey Pisarcik and challengers Tom Swab and Pat McFall.
SYKESVILLE â Police say âno criminal violations were notedâ following the discovery of a human fetus in a Mason jar at an apartment in Sykesville.
Tuesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were dispatched to a West Main Street apartment at 9:50 p.m. Saturday pertaining to a complaint from a landlord about a dog left without care in the apartment by tenants.
While a caretaker checked the conditions of the apartment, a Mason jar containing a human fetus was found inside the apartment, on top of a television, state police said.
WINGATE â A pitchers' duel was ruined due to rain, as the Punxsy and Bald Eagle varsity softball teams were unable to complete a 1-1 game Tuesday afternoon.
With the contest tied at one through four innings, lightning paused the game before a downpour stopped the game. Punxsy manager Alan Pifer was unsure if the game will continue at a later date.
Punxsy senior Shawnna Crago pitched four innings and allowed one run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. She also scored Punxsy's only run of the game.
Robert E. Bennett, 86, Rossiter, died, Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at home.
He was born March 30, 1925, in Clymer, the son of the late Perry and Margaret (Shields) Bennett.
Jan. 12, 1946, he married Avanell Humble, who survives.
Mr. Bennett was a member of the former Rossiter Presbyterian Church. He served as a church elder, Sunday School teacher and former church treasurer.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was also a member of the American Legion of Rossiter and the Carpenters Union Local No. 2274 of Pittsburgh.
A memorial service for Margaret Couser, 99, who was born Jan. 18, 1912, and died Jan. 26, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Union Hill Church.
Drive through Rossiter and turn right up Union Hill. The church is at the top on the right.
Pastor George (Butch) White will preside.
All friends are welcome.
After the service, friends and relatives may gather at the home of grandson Brendan Couser, 223 Pine St.
Questions may be directed to Dyrk or Collie Couser at 952-2618 or 938-3677.
BROOKVILLE â âUsing technology to save county taxpayersâ dollarsâ is how Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre surmised the resent acquisition of video conference technology.
Jen Hamilton, of the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug Commission, reported that she was able to acquire eight video conference units using funds available from a rural outreach grant.
Those conference units will be available to county executives and staff, which should eliminate the need for travel expenses and human resources time lost that occurs when staff attend conferences.
OLIVEBURG â The owners of a house in Oliveburg were fortunate when a basement fire burned itself out just before firefighters arrived on the scene Tuesday.
Oliver Township firefighters, along with McCalmont Township, Perry Township and Knox Dale, were called to the scene of a basement fire at the Colin Hicks residence at 102 Haag Rd., Oliveburg, at noon Tuesday.
Oliver Township Fire Company Assistant Chief John Miller said the owners were working with gasoline in the basement, which is also an attached garage, when they spilled gas on the floor, which ignited the hot water tank.
BIG RUN â The driver of a 2003 Freightliner was uninjured after the vehicle traveled down an embankment Tuesday near Big Run.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania Police said the incident occurred around 10:16 a.m. Tuesday along Route 119, near Route 410, Henderson Township.
Police said Jose Tellez, 51, Pembroke Pines, Fla., was traveling north on Route 119 when his vehicle struck the guardrails on the northbound berm. The vehicle then traveled through the guardrails, police said, before coming to a final rest on the railroad bed facing east.