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Archive - Aug 2012

August 16th

More Dayton Fair fun

August 16, 2012

Hayden Shoemaker (left) and Lyndon Boyer (right) are shown riding the Wiggle Worm together earlier this week at the Dayton Fair.

Fun and activities at the fair continue today with a premier showman contest at 10 a.m.; the 4-H and Vocational Ag Contest from 1 to 3 p.m.; an animal dress-up contest at 2 p.m.; a freestyle performance to music in the horse arena at 6 p.m.; and a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.

Jeff Tech sees fall in students’ most recent PSSA scores

August 16, 2012

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing for Jeff Tech took a downward trend this year.

"We received a 56-page report from the Pennsylvana Department of Education on how to calculate Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)," said Jo-Ann Olszewski, assistant principal at Jeff Tech, at Wednesday's Joint Operating Committee meeting, which was held at the former lumbering building again.

Olszewski said scores for Jeff Tech students went down, which was projected to occur based on the history for this group of students.

August 15th

Phyllis E. Swineford, 88

August 15, 2012

Phyllis E. Swineford, 88, of Airport Rd., Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.
She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Jefferson County, the daughter of William Wyant and Ruth Armstrong Wyant.
Sept. 13, 1941, in Punxsutawney, she married Harry W. "Filse" Swineford, who preceded her in death March 13, 1996.
Phyllis was a homemaker and was known as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Agnes M. Grusky, 90

August 15, 2012

Agnes M. Grusky, 90, of Johnstown, formerly of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Glen Campbell, Pa., to the late Stanley and Mary (Charculla) Brink.
Agnes was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in New Alexandria and its Rosary Altar Society.  She prayed the Rosary faithfully, and enjoyed country music, polkas, cards, and going to casinos and playing bingo.  She will be sadly missed be her family and friends.

Under Construction: Sewer line separation project underway

August 15, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The sewer line separation work that is partially paid for through the H2O Grant that Punxsutawney Borough was approved for, is moving along quickly thanks to the good weather.

"Mealy Construction began work this past Sunday and is working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night on the storm sewer project that is taking place around the railroad underpass and the Punxy Plaza on West Mahoning Street," Brian Sekula, Punxsutawney Borough engineer from the Eads Group, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Hope you aren’t afraid of heights

August 15, 2012

Workers for Keith Tanner Contracting are shown replacing the shingles Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church on Sutton Street in Punxsutawney. Clifford Schall, project supervisor, said not only are the shingles being replaced, but so are some of the facing boards. The work is being performed due to leaks in both of the steeple roofs. Shown are Bobby Lawson (window) and Keith Tanner on the rope replacing shingles. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

The fun rolls on at the Dayton Fair

August 15, 2012

Patrick Durish of Clarion is shown riding a motorcycle on Swank's Steel City Shows midway at the Dayton Fair earlier this week. The fun at the fair continues today with the rides opening at 3 p.m.; harness racing in the grandstand at noon; the junior livestock auction beginning at 6 p.m.; a 4x4 mud bog at 7 p.m. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

August 14th

Council honors four firefighters, Miller for their service to the community

August 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer was awarded the "key to the city," and four members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were honored for their years of service upon their retirement at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

"Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Ryan Miller was given the coveted 'key to the city' for his heroic act when he jumped onto a suspect who had an explosive device attached to his body," said James T. Wehrle, mayor of Punxsutawney Borough.

It’s Dayton’s turn! The fair is underway

August 14, 2012

Bea Barnett (left) and Dallas Barnett are shown riding the Merry-Go-Round, which is part of the Swank Amusements midway at the Dayton Fair. The fair continues today with harness racing at noon; the midway opens at 3 p.m. with Swank's Steel City Shows; the community pet show is at 4:30; a grand cavalcade and six-horse hitch at 5:30; mini-horse fun show at 6:30; and the Lucas Oil pro pulling league will begin at 7. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

White team wins Community center Summer League

August 14, 2012

The White team became the 2012 Punxsy Community Center Summer Basketball League champions with a hard-fought 55-52 win over the Green team Monday night. The White team is (front row, from left): Erickson Amundson, Jeff Smith, Mike Carlson; (back row) Dan Long, Dennis Manges, Joe Long and Mike Cook. (Photo provided by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

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