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What I’ve been up to

October 28, 2016 Leave a comment

So it has been several years since I updated this website. Since then, I:

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2012 in review

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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Tiny Rebersburg schoolhouse makes short move

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

People look at the Gramley School House after it makes the first part of a move to be relocated about 150 feet from it’s current spot. The school, which was built in 1838, is being relocated away from Rebersburg Elementary School because it is made of wood and presents a fire hazard. CDT/Nabil K. Mark August 17, 2011

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

BY ED MAHON

REBERSBURG — Fred Johnson drove his golf cart to the Miles Township Elementary School parking lot to see workers pick up the 30-ton Gramley schoolhouse and move it about 200 feet — far enough to save the last public one-room schoolhouse in Brush Valley.

He brought along his 11-year-old grandson. “Are they just going to keep the front door where it is?” asked Jacob Hockenberry.

Johnson, a retired Penns Valley social studies teacher who attended a similar one-room school, eyed the foundation prepared for the building.

“Yep, it’ll sit just like it sits there now,” Johnson said. “They’re going to jack it up, roll it out in the parking lot, put wheels under it, pull it on the field there, back it in on the south side, and roll it back over on the foundation.”

Then Johnson laughed. “He made it sound so simple.”

The “he” Johnson was referring to was Fred Miller, an 81-year-old contractor from Everett, Bedford County, who specializes in moving buildings. One year, he and his employees — two sons and one grandson — moved more than 60 buildings.

His project this week has been about four years in the making.

Read more: Tiny Rebersburg schoolhouse makes short move.

Schools await House action

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

BY ED MAHON

The state House is expected to debate a bill next week that would reduce proposed cuts for Pennsylvania school districts from $1.11 billion to about $870 million.

For Centre County’s five school districts, it would mean major education cuts would be reduced from $7.57 million, as proposed in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget, to $5.12 million under a budget proposed by House Republicans.

“I’m not getting super excited about it,” said Sal Nicosia Jr., president of the Penns Valley Area school board. “It’s still bleeding. We’re just not bleeding as bad.”

Read more: Schools await House action.

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Pecht remembered as skilled artisan

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Charlie Pecht, the retired Centre Hall electrician who created a 32-inch-high, 1/34 scale wooden replica of the Neff Round Barn, died of natural causes Wednesday morning at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was 88.

“He was truly an artisan because those models are so exact, and so painstakingly and lovingly put together,” said LeDon Young, a lawyer and organizer of the annual Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, where Pecht’s replica was displayed each year.

Pecht was humble about his accomplishments.

Born March 26, 1923, in Mifflin County, he served as top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber during World War II, according to his obituary. After flying 45 missions, he returned to Pennsylvania, married Janet Runkle, and raised three children. He worked as an electrician for more than 38 years, owned an upholstery business, taught Sunday school, bowled in a church league, and in his spare time, tinkered in his Centre Hall workshop.

“I work in the evening — sometimes all night,” Pecht told a Centre Daily Times reporter in August 2002. “If I can’t sleep, I’ll come out here and work.”

Read more: Pecht remembered as skilled artisan.

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State College Area School District fundraising committee resigns over cut

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

FRIDAY, May 13, 2011

BY ED MAHON

All 12 members of the State College Area School District’s private fundraising committee resigned Thursday, in response to the board’s decision to eliminate the development specialist position.

“I believe that there is no longer support for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Private Fundraising and for our mission,” committee Chairwoman Nancy VanLandingham wrote in her resignation letter, following Thursday’s meeting.

The board voted 5-4 Monday to cut the position, saying it was one of many difficult budget decisions they’ve had to make. Administrators will divide the responsibilities of development specialist among three employees.

“It is certainly not news to anyone that school districts across the nation are having to do more with less. That is precisely what is occurring here; and while it is regrettable that committee members have decided not to work with the administration through this transition, the work will go on,” board member Chris Small wrote in an email. “I am confident that our dedicated administrators, with the support of the community, are capable of meeting this challenge.”

Read more: State College Area School District fundraising committee resigns over cut.

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Mextorf gets fine, house arrest after pleading guilty to DUI

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Former State College Area School District Superintendent Richard Mextorf pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DUI and was sentenced to 15 days of in-home detention.

Mextorf, 48, was arrested on Nov. 18, 2010, in Clinton County and charged with DUI and careless driving. The arrest occurred on a weekday morning, and police said Mextorf’s blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit for driving. He resigned as State College schools superintendent 16 days later.

Under the sentence imposed by Clinton County Judge Craig Miller, Mextorf will wear a monitoring device on his ankle during his 15 days home confinement. That will be followed by a 6-month parole period during which he is forbidden to consume alcohol or enter a liquor store or beer distributorship.

He also was fined $1,000 and his driver’s license was suspended for one year.

Read more: Mextorf gets fine, house arrest after pleading guilty to DUI.

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