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Archive - Jul 8, 2013

Sawmill Run Bridge closure stalled for now, Work on Elk Run Bridge resumes

July 8, 2013

Work resumed on the Elk Run Route 119 Bridge project Monday, the first day that contractor Francis Palo Construction has been able to get into the stream and resume working on the bridge following the high water that occurred Thursday, June 27.

For more information, including details on the Sawmill Run Bridge project, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Director of Emergency Services: Recovery from recent flood could take a year or longer in cases

July 8, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Representatives of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Office and the 9-1-1 center delivered an update at a meeting of the Jefferson County commissioners on the recent flooding that swept through the area nearly two weeks ago.

"Recovery from this flood alone could take a year or longer in some cases," said Tracy Zents, director of Emergency Services.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Burrow Thunder a ‘roaring’ success

July 8, 2013

Saturday, the Punxsy Eagle Riders’ Burrow Thunder event roared through town as a way to bring bikes to the forefront and, most importantly, to raise money for the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.

Leah Grace Droske, 19

July 8, 2013

Leah Grace Droske, 19, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at her mother’s home in North Carolina.

She was born March 22, 1994, in Rochester, N.Y., to Ron Droske, Jr. and Suzanne (Gattone) Powell.

Leah lived in the Dayton area most of her life and graduated from West Shamokin High School in 2012.

She recently worked at Dimaio’s Market as a cashier.

Leah loved horses and in her younger years enjoyed working with her dad at the Dayton Feed Mill.

Singing was her passion in life, and she was known for her amazing voice.

Joseph Anthony Palmer, Jr., 83

July 8, 2013

Joseph Anthony Palmer, Jr, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mulberry Square.

He was born August 18, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph A. and Christine Violet (Pape) Palmer, Sr.

On Aug. 9, 1983, he married Rosemarie (Gallo) Perry. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.

Mr. Palmer was an Army Veteran, having served during World War II.

Joe worked as an engineer for PennDOT for many years.

He was a member of the John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62 for more than 30 years.

Joe was a resident of Mulberry Square for the past few years.

Sydney Sue Steele, 90

July 8, 2013

Sydney Sue Steele, 90, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Butler, Pa., on Nov. 24, 1922, a daughter of Florella Ruth Oesterling and John Lee Shields.

Sydney graduated from Brookville High School in 1940 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in reading education at Pennsylvania State University and Clarion State College.

During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia as a radio operator, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

After developing the reading program at the Jefferson County-DuBois

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