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March 13th

Michael B. Pollock, 88

March 13, 2012

Michael B. Pollock, 88, of Latrobe, formerly of Punxsutawney and Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Hanyo) Pollock.

He was married to Lucy E. (Sacco) Pollock, who survives, of Latrobe.

Mr. Pollock was a retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. 

March 12th

Borough: Curb ramp replacements should be done this week

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work has resumed on the downtown traffic light project, with the cement contractor replacing curb ramps.

Borough Manager Ben White said at Monday’s Punxsy Borough Council meeting that the last of the curb ramps will be constructed this week.

Power Contracting will also resume installing the new traffic signals in preparation for activation within the next few weeks, he said.

As warm weather resumes, so does maintenance on Mahoning Shadow Trail

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During the warmer months, many residents of Punxsy enjoy a tranquil evening walking on the Mahoning Shadow Trail. But many do not know that maintenance for the trail is a year-long, ongoing project.

The Mahoning Shadow Trail is the Punxsy chapter of the Rails-to-Trails Association, which runs along Mahoning Creek for most of the trail, and passing many scenic sites along the way, such as the coke ovens.

As many know, Rails-to-Trails is a nationwide project that turns old railroads into trails for users to walk, run, bike or cross-country ski.

School board continues to seek savings measures

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it continues work on the 2012-13 budget, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board continue to brain-storm ways to cut expenditures and increase revenue, and a historically-unpopular idea was again raised Monday.

Board member Jack White again suggested consolidating elementary schools, saying there is plenty of space to house what he referred to as 190 students, even after closing a building or two.

LOCAL YOUNGSTERS STILL GOING STRONG

March 13, 2012

March 3, Punxsy hosted the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling (PJW) Area V, Section III qualifier tournament, and 14 of 19 Punxsy participants advanced to the Area V finals, which will be held Saturday at Clarion University. Area V consists of 21 schools, which are mostly the same as District IX at the high school level, with the exception of Marion Center. Section III includes Punxsy, Clarion, Keystone, Marion Center and Redbank Valley. The top two grapplers at each weight class Saturday will advance to the state finals, which will be held at Hershey Park Arena March 23-24.

March 11th

Hackett scores 1,000th, Raiders fall to Sto-Rox

March 11, 2012

MONROEVILLE — As the first-quarter buzzer sounded, Brookville's Zane Hackett sunk a career achievement: His 1,000th career point.

"It means a lot to me," Hackett said following the game. "I think a lot of it you can attribute to the coaching staff, putting in the extra hours. I owe coach (Dan) Cable and coach (Bud) Baughman a lot. ... A big thanks goes out to all my teammates. Without them, it would've never happened."

Hackett entered Saturday afternoon's PIAA opening round playoff game against Sto-Rox with 993 points.

Area streams, lakes prepare for trout season

March 11, 2012

COOLSPRING — The mild winter weather the area has been experiencing brought out numerous anglers plagued with spring "fishing fever" who assisted with stocking of Little Sandy Creek located in Coolspring Friday.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) white trout trucks made their traditional run from Bellefonte to various fishing spots this past Friday with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

March 31, trout waters in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania will hold their opening.

Five injured in Big Run wreck

March 11, 2012

BIG RUN — Five people were injured around 4 p.m. Saturday in a wreck along Route 119 in Big Run near Mitchell Street, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Dylan Irwin, 19, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 119, and Jodi Campbell, 31, Punxsutawney, was traveling north when, for unknown reasons, Irwin was traveling in the opposite lane of travel and failed to enter back in the appropriate lane prior to impacting Campbell's 2003 gold Cadillac Escalade.

Way Back When

March 11, 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
(May 6, 1896)

DIED OF HIS INJURIES

March 9th

Mesoraco continues to do his part in giving back

March 10, 2012

ST. MARYS —Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, recent- ly visited with area youth during a stop in St. Marys as the guest instructor at a catching clinic held at Beimel Baseball.

During the clinic, Mesoraco spent time instructing players on catching fundamentals emphasizing throwing, blocking and receiving.

Players also had the opportunity to ask Mesoraco questions. They were each given an autograph and had their individual photos taken with the MLB catcher.

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PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Concert Association will begin its 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with William...
Halloweenfest, sponsored by Punxsy Dental, is an afternoon of fun set for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in...
This afternoon, Amber Ward (pictured) and the Lady Chucks girls' tennis squad will participate in...
Members of the Punxsy football team were recognized on the field for Senior Night, and on the field...

 

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