July 9th, 2014
The 2014 edition of music in the park continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight with the local rock band The Avenue. Snacks and drinks will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.
HARRISBURG â€” Pennsylvania State House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) has issued the following statement upon receiving the â€śLegislator Leadership Awardâ€ť from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) on Wednesday.
â€śI want to convey my sincere appreciation to the PACD for this distinguished award. My interactions with the Jefferson County Conservation District span many decades, and Iâ€™ve always been grateful for the open lines of communication and the positive and productive relationships weâ€™ve shared.
Lawrence "Amos" Ray Gaston, 78, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 9,
2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 27, 1936, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Boyd Ray and Sarah Henrietta (White) Gaston.
Mr. Gaston was a United States Army Veteran who dutifully served his country during the Vietnam War.
On May 16, 1959, he married the former Gladys Evelyn Milliron. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2014.
Amos was a devoted husband and lovingly cared for his wife during her illness, in spite of his own health issues.
At long last, construction began on Tuesday on the property where the Punxsy Hotel was located on North Findley Street before it was destroyed by fire.
Pictured is a worker from Yates Excavation digging up the dirt and old cement pads to make way for the new sports bar that is to be constructed on that site.
For the full story â€” including details on when the bar is scheduled to open â€” pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP â€” Thereâ€™s something for everyone at this yearâ€™s Jefferson County Fair, so mark your calendars for July 13-19, and plan to take the whole family out to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, located on SR 28, to enjoy as much as you can.
This yearâ€™s fair includes the staples â€” rides, animals and plenty of food â€” as well as old favorite events and a couple of brand-new shows and activities. Thereâ€™s lots going on for kids and adults of all ages.
For the full schedule of events, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that sent Jacob A. Hazlett, 26, Punxsutawney, to the hospital with moderate injuries and also caused minor injuries to his passenger, Dustin R. Passmore, 25, Valier.
Police said the incident occurred at 12:48 a.m. Monday along Route 3008, No. 8 Road.
Hazlett was traveling east along the road when he allegedly failed to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve.
In what was their second meeting of the All-Star season, the 2014 Punxsutawney Minor League Softball All-Stars defeated DuBois, 5-0 on a rainy Monday night. For the full story check out page six of The Punxsutawney Spirit
The 2014 Punxsutawney Sr. League All-Stars defeated the Bradford All-Stars in a 3-2 comeback victory. Pitcher Lucas Burkett opened for the Punxsy team and Peyton Graham closed for the win. For the full story check out page six of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre announced on Monday that he will not be seeking re-election at the end of his current term in December 2015 and will be retiring.
He and his wife, Eileen, plan to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina, to spend quality time with their daughters and family.
McIntyre acknowledged all the voters and his supporters over that past 10-and-a-half years and assures all that he will complete the job he was elected to do.
At their most recent meeting, the Jefferson County commissioners gave a plaque to BWP Bats, LLC, celebrating its nomination for the Governor's Impact Award in the Pennsylvania North Central region.
Pictured (from left) are County Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Lashinsky; Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik; Josh Johnson, vice president of BWP Bats; Commission Chairman Paul Corbin; and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.