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December 3rd

David G. Van Horn, 50

December 3, 2010

David G. Van Horn, 50, Templeton, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, a son of Blaine and Ruth (Waltz) Van Horn, who survive.

Mr. Van Horn was married to Denise Ross, who survives.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Van Horn belonged to the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, where he was a certified crane operator.

December 2nd

Punxsy uses hard work to improve during preseason practices

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With three starters gone from a team that played just five or six players nearly every game last year, the Punxsy girls' basketball team is concentrating on working hard to improve with new faces expected to play vital roles this season.

Gone are Amber Fye and Megan McCully, who each graduated this past June. Also, senior Hannah Neal — last year's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game — isn't playing this season, meaning seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz are this year's only returning starters.

DELIGHTED DEER HUNTERS

December 2, 2010

Frank Johnston (second from left), of Punxsy, bagged this 175-pound, nine-point buck — his first — at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Township. Pictured are (from left) Antonio Thorp, Johnston, Zachary Thorp and Carol Johnston. (Photo by Tracy Smith/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

It’s too early for your winter Phil!

December 2, 2010

Indiana First Bank’s “You Can Bank on Phil” statue fell victim to snowflakes Thursday evening. Today, with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 20s, marginally higher than Thursday, Phil may fare a little better. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy to receive new traffic signals through PennDOT

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This may not be on your Christmas list, but Punxsutawney is going to receive new traffic signals courtesy of PennDOT District 10 throughout the downtown area.

Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that the traffic signal upgrade is a PennDOT project.

“Each of the intersections along Mahoning Street — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms,” White said, adding that Hampton is currently the only intersection that has mast arms that support the traffic signals.

PennDOT waiting to finalize sale of house for intersection project

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursday’s Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.

Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection — a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition — has not been completed yet.

David G. Van Horn, 50

December 2, 2010

David G. Van Horn, 50, Templeton, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, a son of Blaine and Ruth (Waltz) Van Horn, who survive.

Mr. Van Horn was married to Denise Ross, who survives.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Mr. Van Horn belonged to the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, where he was a certified crane operator.

December 1st

Elementary students won’t be washed away by waves of technology

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.

“We used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,” elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. “There was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.”

Dept. of Education salutes PAHS for tech use

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District was recently recognized by the state Department of Education (PDE) for its use of technology from the Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant throughout the district.

PAHS Principal David London said this is the first full year of the “One-to-One” program at the high school, where every student in grades nine through 12 has his or her own laptop.

London said the district was recognized by the state education department as one of five districts in the state as a CFF success story.

Jail to review policies following death of Crawford County corrections officer

December 2, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, following the violent death of a Crawford County corrections officer, Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel told the jail board that the jail’s policies are being reviewed.

According to Elbel, the death of corrections officer Gary M. Chapin, of Conneaut Lake, occurred as a new inmate, Gregory G. Brown, 24, of Meadville, was being processed.

Brown became violent while being processed, during which he was not placed in any restraining device, and killed Chapin.

When asked if Brown used any sort of weapon, Elbel responded simply, “The wall.”

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