March 11th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After learning about proposed budget cuts to school districts presented by Gov. Tom Corbett this week, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Friday that Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget cuts to school districts may have placed all-day kindergarten in jeopardy.
Wolfe said he had just returned from a superintendentsâ meeting at Riverview Intermediate Unit (IU) No. 6 in Clarion, and the amount of concern was astronomical.
INDIANA â Students planning to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) â or any other school within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education â should prepare for their wallets to get a little lighter in light of cuts in Gov. Tom Corbettâs proposed budget.
In his budget issued Tuesday, Corbett proposed cutting $625 million in higher education costs. If the budget is approved, funding for state and state-related schools â including Penn State, Temple University and Lincoln University â would be slashed by 50 percent.
Trisha Lee (OâHara) McCallister, 46, Plano, Texas, died Friday, March 4, 2011.
She was born Feb. 19, 1965, in Sandusky, Ohio, a daughter of Ernest and Phyllis (Smith) OâHara, who survive, of Indiana.
She grew up in Huron, Ohio, and was a 1983 graduate of Huron High School.In 1987, she graduated from Bowling Green State University and later attained her CPA license.
Samantha Jo Painter, 22, Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at home.
She was born March 11, 1988, a daughter of Ernest Ray and Diana Sue (Haag) Painter Jr., who survive, of Punxsutawney.
Miss Painter was a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.Â She then completed an online dog grooming course.
She attended Chestnut Grove Independent Church.
Miss Painter was a daycare attendant at Little Dreamers Daycare in Big Run.
HERSHEY â Both of the Punxsy wrestling team's state-qualifiers are one victory away from a medal after each won a bout at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Spack (31-6), a junior, won his only bout of the day and will compete next in today's championship quarterfinals, and Young (32-3), a senior, went 1-1 Thursday and will next compete in the consolation second round.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The guests at Mulberry Square may not be able to attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but they were able to attend their own special Mardi Gras parade through the halls of the resident home.
The Mardi Gras parade has been an annual specialty for the past five years, Activities Director Vickie Amundson said.
Over the past five years, this has become a growing project, as many of the floats have been created by the residents with the guidance of Sue Keane.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Route 119 Committee recently received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Timothy J. Jablunovsky, P.E., portfolio manager for PennDOT District 10, said with the arrival of spring, it will be time to complete some projects and begin others.
âą Elk Run Bridge, and the 310 Intersection â This project is actually three projects occurring at this location, Jablunovsky said.
The first is the sight distance improvement project that will remove a house at the corner of Route 310 and Route 119 in Elk Run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Kody Young and Seth Spack enter today's PIAA Class AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament with something that not many past Punxsy grapplers can lay claim to: Experience at states.
Both wrestlers have competed at the Giant Center in Hershey before. Spack was there last year as a Northwest Region runner-up. He was eliminated after two bouts.
Young, a senior, entered states as a sophomore as the region's No. 3 seed. After losing his first bout, he won to advance to the second day, only to be eliminated in his third match â one victory away from a medal.
John M. McMillen, 92, Marion Center, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born in 1918 in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late Samuel A. and Emma (Martin) McMillen.
He was married to his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Plyler McMillen, who survives.
Mr. McMillen was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church for 63 years, having served as elder and a board member for more than 30 years.
For 35 years, he was a director with the Indiana County Conservation District, and was named district director emeritus.