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Archive - Aug 2012

August 20th

Verizon chooses PWDC as recipient of EITC funding

August 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Monday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC) was the recipient of a donation from Verizon.

Verizon participates in the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), for which it receives a tax credit said Frank P. Budzylowski, director, state government relations for Verizon in Pennsylvania.

"Speaker (Sam) Smith is one of the big supporters in the state House of the EITC and voted to expand it this year," said Budzylowski, adding that Verizon, being a participant, had the opportunity to contribute $2,500 to the weather center in Punxsy.

Rhodes’ loved ones ready to get down and dirty for his cause

August 20, 2012

ROSSITER — When bad news comes one's way, that individual is faced with a choice: to sulk or to make the most of the time and resources he or she has in the situation.

This past May, Terry Rhodes was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and now he is in the final stages of the life-threatening illness.

Some of those closest to Rhodes were forced to make a decision, and they chose to make the most of the time they had with Terry and to hold a benefit doing something they enjoy most: Mud drag racing.

Storm clean-up still on Big Run Council’s mind

August 20, 2012

BIG RUN — Once again the Big Run War Memorial came to the rescue in the time of emergency, providing shelter for people without power following numerous thunderstorms with high winds that knocked out power in the Big Run, Gaskill and Henderson Township areas this summer.

Bob Hartman, the emergency management administrator for Big Run Borough and Gaskill Township, said at Monday's Big Run Council meeting that it has been a very busy summer of heavy storms and high winds, which have caused power outages throughout the area.

Shirley A. Barnoff, 77

August 20, 2012

Shirley A. Barnoff, 77, Anita, died Sunday Aug. 19, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 11, 1935, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Preston and Rose Lewis.

Nov. 21, 1959, she married Richard C. Barnoff, who preceded her in death on March 3, 1998.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Brenda Easton and husband David of Anita and Karen Fetterhoff and husband Quinley of Smicksburg; two granddaughters, Stephanie Ansinger and Crystal Wooten; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

August 19th

Boys golf gets ready for new season

August 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 2012 Punxsy boys golf team will strive for another solid season after a 6-3 regular season last year that earned it a District IX title.

Punxsy's season kicks off today with a match against DuBois at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Motorcyclist airlifted after Saturday wreck in Oliveburg

August 19, 2012

OLIVEBURG — The operator of a motorcycle was injured when he lost control of his bike at 9:03 p.m. Saturday on Route 36, Oliveburg.

Mike Coleman, Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company assistant chief, said the operator of the motorcycle was traveling on Route 36 when he lost control, which caused his bike to skid down the road, coming to rest in front of the former location of H&H Supply.

Coleman said the victim was flown by STAT MedEvac helicopter from the field adjacent to the Oliveburg Post Office to Altoona Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Changes coming in the pipeline for Medical Assistance delivery systems

August 19, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Big changes are about to land in Jefferson County for recipients of the ACCESS Plus Medical Assistance delivery system.

"This is a really major change that's coming up," said Francesca Chervenak, senior attorney and director of client representation for the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) in Pittsburgh.

The PHLP hosted a presentation on Tuesday at the Heritage House in Brookville designed to explain the specifics of the change, who it will affect and how to adjust to the new healthcare environment in Jefferson County.

GIVING MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY THE BOOT

August 19, 2012

The Punxsutawney Fire Department raised $3,696.45 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in a boot drive held Saturday. Tami McFarland, Central Fire Department president, holds out her boot in front of Central’s fire hall.

Way Back When

August 19, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(September 2, 1896)

A ROW AT WALSTON
Two Italians Received a Dose of Lead from Constable Cook

Last Sunday Gostinio and Michael Carino, two brothers residing at Walston, were disputing about a line fence, and fearing that trouble might ensue, Constable Isaac Cook was sent for.

Frances Magdalene Manco, 92

August 19, 2012

Frances Magdalene Manco, 92, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.

She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Samuel and Johanna (Canton) Caridi.

Oct. 3, 1942, she married Santo Manco, who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2002.

She was a former organist for St. Adrian’s Church and taught piano lessons in the Punxsutawney area for more than 35 years.

She loved art and music and all things domestic: cooking, baking, knitting and crocheting.

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Thursday was a busy one on the links, as Punxsy's boys' and girls' golf teams were both in action,...
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