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Archive - Oct 2012

October 28th

Breaking News: Brookville officials issue storm advisory

October 28, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Officials in Brookville Borough are coordinating a preemptive response to forecasted severe weather.

The Brookville Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Hoak, The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, the Brookville Police Department, The Red Cross and the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company urge all citizens to take action now against impending inclement weather.

While forecasts are still uncertain, the National Weather Service is predicting severe weather of some extent for our region.

Perry Township Trick-or-Treat clarification

October 28, 2012

PERRY TOWNSHIP — All Perry Township residents are welcome at the fire hall for trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

This event will be held ONLY at the fire hall, not door to door.

For more information, call Chief Kris Grove at 814-938-7731.

October 26th

UPDATE: No injuries in Friday morning Indiana Co. blaze

October 26, 2012

Three occupants safely escaped a Friday morning fire that destroyed the home of Dr. Kitty Scott on Kachmar Road, just off of Route 210 in Indiana County.

The initial call came through Jefferson County dispatch at approximately 7:45 a.m., and initial responders reported that smoke and flames were showing from approximately a mile away.

Perry Township Fire Chief Kris Grove reported that there was no indication of a cause as of Friday evening.

Like father, like son: Punxsy product returns to PAH, fills father’s shoes

October 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Many young children dream of growing up and filling the shoes of their mother or father, but it's not always the case that they have the opportunity to do so.

But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a familiar name — Dr. Khalaf — has continued on despite the fact that longtime solo radiologist Kamai Khalaf retired earlier this year.

Kamai's son, Omar, who is a homegrown Punxsutawney product, has filled his father's shoes at the hospital, stepping into the position — one that few hospitals have.

Purple Heart Memorial Bridge dedicated in Brookville

October 26, 2012

Ryan Blochberger, the youngest Purple Heart recipient present at the renaming ceremony, and his family pose with the sign that will designate the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge, Friday at its dedication ceremony in Brookville.

Pictured (from left) are: Blochberger's father, Bill Weaver; his mother, Patty Weaver; Blochberger; and his grandfather, Gene Mineweaser.

Lois P. Smochek, 83

October 26, 2012

Lois P. Smochek, 83, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John R. and Ardna (McCracken) Bell.

She was married to William P. Smochek, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2011.

She was a homemaker.

Breaking News: AP reporting Corbett has declared disaster emergency in PA

October 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a disaster emergency in the state in anticipation of a potential storm that is expected to hit the East Coast early next week.

Residents are advised to stock up on enough food and water for three days and also anticipate potential power outages, along with rain and possible snowfall, according to The Associated Press.

Read more in Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

BREAKING NEWS: Structure Fire on Kachmar Road

October 26, 2012

Details in Saturday's Spirit

October 25th

Chucks seniors seek to wrap up Warriors in home FB finale

October 26, 2012

The Punxsy offensive line leads the way on a running play from earlier in the season. The Chucks will honor 14 seniors including Alex Bevak (23) and Brandon Snyder (76, pictured) before tonight's game against the Warriors of Moniteau with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.

For a full preview of the Senior Night matchup with the Warriors, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy spikes DCC on Senior Night, coasts to D-IX playoffs

October 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Putting an exclamation mark at the end of the successful 2012 campaign, Punxsy spiked DuBois Central in the regular season finale. On Senior Night, the Lady Chucks coasted into the District IX playoffs over the Lady Cardinals, 3-0, with games of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-11.

"The team kept up their intensity well during this match and played well," commented Punxsy head coach Heather Good. "It was a good game for Shayla (Brink), Chelsea (Engeholm) and Sydney (Weaver) to go out on our home court."

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