Archive - Oct 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy mayor Jim Wehrle has declared a declaration of disaster emergency in the Borough of Punxsutawney effective Monday at 6 p.m. to enable staff and related officials to respond effectively to any possible impact of Hurricane Sandy in the borough.
The storm, which will begin to hit the mid-state area sometime Monday evening, is expected to bring heavy rain to the borough and region, resulting in low area flash-flooding and wind-related power outages, which could last for several days. Sustained high winds will likely contribute to tree damage around the borough as well.
The Punxsutawney Area School District has cancelled all classes for Tuesday, October 30 due to the forecasted weather.
Also cancelled are all sporting events for tonight, Monday, October 29 and tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30.
RIDGWAY â€” After falling just short the past two seasons, the Lady Chucks captured a convincing District IX cross country crown on Saturday in Ridgway.
Punxsy ran away with first by 28 points, 31-59 over runner-up Clearfield. The two-time defending champion Bradford was third with 64 points, while St. Marys completed the field with 67 points in fourth.
â€śI certainly thought we had an excellent chance of winning, but I surprised at the margin of victory,â€ť admitted Punxsy coach George Wehrle. â€śThe girls proved they were for sure the best team in the district this year.â€ť
Seth Burkett (left) and Eric Ingros (right) are shown running at Districts in Ridgway Saturday.
Punxsy emerged as District IX AA champions with a team score of 31.
The complete story will be featured in Tuesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Karns City Gremlins spoiled the Brookville Raiders football team's Senior Night with a 45-20 win Friday night.
The Gremlins diverse running game gave the Raider defense fits all night, putting up 311 total rushing yards.
"They're fast and we're not," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach. "We had some things open, but penalties hurt us more than usual, missed execution hurt us more than usual because they're tough. They're fast, and it's more painful when you play teams like that," he said.
A worker operates a machine Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Route (SR) 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street.
The intersection closed at 6 p.m. Friday for the replacement of the railroad crossing.
PennDOT has said the intersection is expected to reopen at noon today.
Detours are posted throughout the borough and surrounding areas.
Both children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual East End Trick-or-Treat event Saturday night. Noella Hartzfeld (left), 9, dressed up as a â€śDizzy Lizzyâ€ť monster, while Nakoma Hartzfeld, 12, donned an â€ś80s Girlâ€ť costume.
Their mother, Linda Hartzfeld, said the girls opted to hand out candy at their Mahoning Street residence this year instead of going trick-or-treating, which she thought was a fine idea.
BROOKVILLE â€” Due to continued population issues, the Jefferson County Jail is presently uninterested in programs involving the housing of state inmates, Warden Tom Elbel said at its most recent meeting last Monday.
The matter was raised when District Attorney Jeff Burkett brought up an email that had been sent to members of the board
by County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin, who also sits on the Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board but was not present for that particular meeting.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
September 23, 1896
A Somewhat Dramatic Court Scene
Patricia S. Jarbeck, 64, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
Mrs. Jarbeck was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late A. R. Sweeney and Josephine (Dessy) Sweeney.
She was married to her loving husband, William J. Jarbeck II, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Pat and her husband were foster parents for many children whom they raised.
She worked for County Market, the Chamber of Commerce and the Groundhog Festival Committee for many years.
She loved card games with her friends and her dogs, Bear and Baby.