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April 20th

Ruth M. London, 90

April 21, 2012

Ruth M. London, 90, Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Thomas and Barbara (Lester) Cowan.

July 23, 1955, she married Robert H. London, who preceded her in death May 10, 1999.

Mrs. London was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney and served as the organist at the Anita Presbyterian church.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, cooking and feeding her family.

End of downtown project now in sight

April 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the completion of the paving on Mahoning Street this week, the end of PennDOT’s $1.1 million downtown traffic signal upgrade is in sight.

Workers from Power Contracting, the contractor on the signal project, continued installing the new overhead signage Friday.

The new traffic signals will be activated Wednesday and Thursday, two intersections per day, according to PennDOT Project Manager Kirby Starr, who also said the former traffic light system will be removed once the new lights are activated.

Students take part in safe-driving event

April 21, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Friday, 21 students from seven school districts in Jefferson and Clarion counties took part in the 2012 Clar-Jeff Safe Driving Competition at the Heritage House in Brookville.

The students were tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws and vehicle defects.

66th District seat candidate clarifies remarks from Wednesday forum

April 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Cris Dush, a Brookville resident and Republican candidate for the 66th District Legislative seat in the state House of Representatives, has made the following corrections pertaining to two Spirit articles — one April 19, the other April 20 — from Wednesday’s candidate forum at the IUP Fairman Centre.

April 19th

Riding the momentum wave: Chucks win again

April 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Riding the momentum from an impressive road win against Bradford Tuesday afternoon, the Chucks tennis team picked up another convincing win over the Brockway Rovers Thursday evening in Punxsutawney, 8-1.

"Brockway was 4-2 coming in, and their losses were to DuBois and Elk, so we have a few common losses there," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said after the win. "But I expected us to play well at home after coming off Tuesday's confidence booster against Bradford. It was a good win for us."

Personal bests a theme for Punxsy at Invite

April 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday afternoon was a rare occasion where the ninth- and 10th-grade members of the PAHS boys' track team could compete without the pressure of defeating the more-experienced juniors and seniors at the Indiana Ninth- and 10th-grade Invitational Tournament, and Punxsy head coach John Smith said Punxsy had a good showing.

With 10 teams at the tournament — including the Chucks, Indiana, Greensburg-Salem, Ligonier Valley, Latrobe, Altoona, Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Norwin and Calvary Baptist — the Chucks had plenty of solid competiton.

Study: 911 dispatchers at risk for PTSD

April 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The 911 dispatchers who field emergency calls are just as likely to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as those on the front lines, a new study indicates.

The study, completed by Michelle Lilly, a psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and research associate Heather Pierce, analyzed surveys completed by 171 emergency dispatchers from 24 states, the Huffington Post reported.

Scavenger hunt turns criminal in Brookville

April 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, Brookville Borough Police Chief Ken Dworek reported to Brookville Borough Council about a senior scavenger hunt that had gone awry.

He said some members of the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School senior class participated in a scavenger hunt that was not a school-sanctioned activity.

During the hunt, Dworek said some students became involved in criminal activity.

Dworek said license plates and hubcaps were stolen from vehicles, and lawn ornaments were smashed; some were valued up to $300.

April 18th

In dramatic fashion: Chucks rally past Beavers

April 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Trailing the DuBois Beavers 4-2 entering the home half of the sixth inning Wednesday in Punxsutawney, the Chucks knew they needed to make some noise with their bats. And with a bit of help from the Beavers' pitching staff early, Punxsy did just that, putting up five runs in the frame to take a 7-4 lead — one that would hold up for a win.

Punxsy's come-from-behind rally started with one out in the sixth, when relief pitcher Cory Geer was hit by a John Georgino pitch. No. 9 hitter Taylor Phillips followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second.

ONE LAST MEAL TOGETHER AS A TEAM

April 19, 2012

Wednesday evening, the 2011-12 Punxsy wrestling team gathered one final time for a banquet at the Eagles. The Chucks' senior wrestlers were honored, and the team members and their families shared a catered meal. Pictured here are seniors (from left) Seth Spack, Tyler Titus, Josh Neal and Neko Cappella. Missing from the photo is fellow senior Carl Langley.

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