April 1st, 2011
HARRISBURG â As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.
The bill could include what Scarnati called an âimpact fee,â which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.
BROOKVILLE â A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.
âItâs frustrating,â resident Jen Radel said. âI love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. Itâs something that we get excited for. Then weâre disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.â
James Edward Armstrong, 60, Loveland, Colo., died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at his home.
He was born Sept. 20, 1950, in Punxsutawney, the son of Evelyn Dolores (Armstrong) Fye, who survives, of Punxsutawney, and the late William Earl Armstrong.
After completion of high school, Mr. Armstrong enlisted in the U.S. Navy, in which he was stationed in Australia and served in the Vietnam War as a communications officer aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.
Daniel B. Grube, 77, Punxsutawney, formerly of Rossiter, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born May 26, 1933, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Charles and Vada (Greene) Grube.
In January 1952, he married Mary Belle McCullough, who preceded him in death June 17, 2008.
Mr. Grube loved traveling with his motor home. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage and spending time with his animals. He was always there for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a proud graduate of Vale Tech.
Lindy C. Lydic, 33, Kane, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, due to injuries received in an automobile accident.
She was born Jan. 26, 1978, in Rochester, N.Y.,Â a daughter of John and Beth (Pearce) Cooper, who survive.
Ms. Lydic performed her master's degree work online and her undergraduate workÂ at NiagaraÂ University.Â She was employed as a business education teacher at the Sheffield Area Middle School.
She was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. â When Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco hit an eighth-inning home run during the first week of spring training with the Cincinnati Reds March 2, manager Dusty Baker said that the slugger hit the ball a mile, a mile-and-a-half.
The home run broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Reds a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
The lengthy blast was the first of many impressive spring training cuts from Mesoraco, who is primed to make the jump to the majors for the first time this season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?
Thatâs what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.
Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011âs show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own classâ Variety Show in 1962.
âOur 1962 Variety Show had the theme, âGoing On a Sentimental Journey,â with âSentimental Journeyâ being the class song,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students in Lisa Kellerâs third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
âIâve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Kellerâs class just blew me away,â Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.