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August 13th

After executive session, council approves sale of Mack fire engine

August 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following the opening of bids and an executive session, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to approve the sale of a 1981 Mack fire engine to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company at Monday's council meeting.

The borough received three bids for the truck on a re-bid, and Elk Run was the high bidder at $3,000, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

White said the other two bids were $2,975 and $2,250.95
Chenoga said that he thought the matter should be tabled and went into an executive session to discuss the options.

13-year-old Syler puts on concert for her biggest fans: her family

August 13, 2012

TROUTVILLE — You may not have heard of Lacy J. Syler yet, but if things keep going as they have been for the 13-year-old country singer, that just may change.

The up and coming country music star, who now lives in Nashville with her grandparents pursuing a career in music, recently put on a show for some of her biggest fans — her family at its latest family reunion in Troutville this past weekend.

"Lacy has had a microphone in her hand since she was two years old," said Connie McCarty, Syler's grand mother.

August 12th

A. J. Parise youngsters work hard for 2012 season

August 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The future PAHS football stars have been sweating out practice in the A. J. Parise youth football program since July 25 in anticipation for the 2012 season. The youngsters started working in full pads two weeks ago and have been hitting hard ever since.

The 75-plus youngsters, 15 coaches and many parents watching, pack into the Punxsy Borough Police firing range, which serves as the practice field, Monday to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. to work on drills for the upcoming season.

Their first game will be held Aug. 18 in Punxsy against Grove City.

Borough, state police targeting unsafe drivers

August 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In some activities, being aggressive is a good thing — but driving is not one of them.

To emphasize the hazards of unsafe driving, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have been targeting aggressive drivers over the past month.

The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PA ADEEP) Wave 2 enforcement effort continues throughout the area.

Three fire calls, no injuries

August 12, 2012

An oven fire at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at a residence at 105 Woodland Ave. could have turned into a more serious situation if the fire had not extinguished itself.

When Punxsutawney firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was out and the damage was limited to the oven itself.

Shown are Punxsy firefighters Josh McAfoos (left) and Steve Bowser, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company lieutenant, checking the interior of the wall surrounding the oven for possible fire extensions into the interior with the thermal imaging camera.

Way Back When

August 12, 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
(August 19, 1896)

SCHOOL BEGINS AUGUST 31
The Punxsutawney schools will open on Monday, August 31st.

The average small boy will be delighted to know that his long vacation, during which he has added little to his intellectual growth, is about over, and that he can begin again the assiduous process of cultivating his brain.

John James Collier Jr., 28

August 12, 2012

John James Collier Jr., 28, of Rossiter, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

He was born Nov. 9, 1983, in Punxsutawney, a son of John J. Collier Sr. and Linda (Bair) Collier, both of whom survive.

He was a roofer by trade.

He enjoyed time with his friends and family, and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, music and playing with the family pet, Cody.

Robert Leonard “Bud” Mangioni, 72

August 12, 2012

Robert Leonard “Bud” Mangioni, 72, of Big Run, died Friday, Aug, 10, 2012, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born April 9, 1940, in Punxsutawney, one of 14 children of Leonard and Gladys (Campbell) Mangioni.

The love of his life and best friend was Elsie (Himes) Yeager, who preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1992.

He enjoyed his family and grandchildren.

His grandchildren called him “a funny grandpa,” because, at 71 years old, he still did cartwheels and headstands at their birthday parties.

Bud enjoyed tinkering around with televisions and tractors.

August 10th

Hemlock View holds club championships

August 10, 2012

RINGGOLD — Championship Sunday at Hemlock View golf course in Ringgold was held last Sunday, and the day began with light rain and a forecast that did not sound very promising.

It just so happened, though, that the club had the best window of time to play, because after the second hole of play, the clouds remained but the rain subsided.

After everyone was done, the rain returned, but the championship went on and had some great storylines transpire for what was a two-day event last Saturday and Sunday.

Punxsy man creates display commemorating Korean War

August 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the Korean War commemorating its 60th anniversary July 27, for veteran Richard Bianco, there was only one thing to do — memorialize it in the form of a display in his apartment at Mahoning Towers in Punxsutawney.

“I wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.

“(The Korean War) is ‘the forgotten war,’” he added, borrowing a phrase that is frequently used to describe the event.

When asked if people seemed to know much about the war, he said, “They don’t, but I speak up.”

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