Archive - 2012
A fire destroyed a trailer located at 4015 Millstone Rd. in Banks Township that was used for storage at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.
Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Lucas said the trailer, owned by Deb and Gregory Patterson, was on the ground when firefighters arrived on scene.
Lucas said it took about an hour to put out the hotspots. Glen Campbell was assisted at the scene by Rossiter, Big Run, Commodore and Burnside Volunteer Fire Departments.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The first Ag Night held last week at the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria was quite a âmoo-vingâ experience for elementary students.
"This was the first Ag Night that was put on by the members of the
Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club," said Chad Stiteler, PAHS technology education and woodworking teacher and Ag Club advisor.
Stiteler said the primary focus was on the dairy industry, which is the closest agriculture in the local area.
"It's the agriculture the kids see the most of," he said.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center received a donation of $2,500 from the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) last week.
Josephine Posti, of PAWC, said this was one of 20 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grants the water company was handing out to qualifying businesses and organizations, allowing them to offset some of their tax obligations to benefit educational organizations in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Sam Smith (far right), speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the Weather Center qualifies as an educational improvement organization.
(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.)
November 18, 1896
Fatal Nitro-Glycerine Explosion
A magazine contained nitro-glycerine, dynamite and other hight explosives, situated about two miles northwest of Johnsonburg, was blown up last Saturday afternoon.
The explosion was something terrible, over 200 quarts of nitro-glycerine being in the magazine.
BROOKVILLE â For the second night in a row, the Route 36 Rivalry took to the hardwood. The location moved to the north location, but the result remained the same.
After netting the nightâs first 12 points, Punxsy kept the advantage wire-to-wire to prevail, 53-42, over Brookville in boysâ basketball Friday in Brookville.
The Chucks (3-1) would be challenged for only a two-minute brief burst by the Raiders midway through the fourth frame before the visitors regained control the final three minutes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just as their elder peers did, Punxsy's junior high wrestlers took to the mats for their first official dual meet on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately for the younger team, the result wasn't quite the same, as the Stingers downed the Chucks 51-30 to earn the victory.
"It was a bit of a rough start for our junior high wrestlers in our first dual meet of the season," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Marion Center has a nice team with some well-seasoned wrestlers. Although they were missing a few guys for this match, we still didn't match up with them very well at all."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In what has become a Christmas tradition for not only Punxsutawney but the surrounding area, The 2012 Make-A-Wish "Light up A Child's Life" Campaign concluded Friday in the lobby of the Pantall Hotel after another successful year.
Al Lockwood, Renda Radio Inc. program director, and Tiffany Bennett, a long time "Wish Kid" announced during the wrap-up on WPXZ 104.1 that this year's campaign raised $66,515.68.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âThere are numerous ways to show oneâs holiday spirit, and this weekend, the churches of Punxsutawney are offering a variety of those expressions.
Two churches in particular â the First United Methodist Church and the Punxsutawney Alliance Church â are hosting their own programs to deliver the Christmas message this weekend.
For weeks, the First United Methodist Church Choir has been practicing, hard at work for its program, titled âCome, Let Us Worship the King.â
Punxsutawney firefighters managed to knock down a fire before it got started in a building that was used for storage by Brian Horner's HPS Tire on South Gilpin Street extension, Punxsutawney, at 9:47 p.m. Friday.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, a small fire was discovered in back of the brick structure that is located across from Horner's business.
Foam was used by Elk Run's engine to smother the potential blaze.
Anna âRitaâ (Porada) Clark, 71, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Michael M. and Ann (Knopick) Porada.
On May 20, 1967, she married William Francis Clark, who survives.
Mrs. Clark was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.
She was everyoneâs âAunt Ritaâ â a very friendly, loving and nurturing woman who took care of everyone. She loved her family and enjoyed being with them.