April 3rd, 2015
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's just about time for the annual Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show.
The show will take place April 9 through April 11 in the PAHS auditorium. Every year, The Spirit gives a preview of some of the original skits that we're likely to see as part of the show.
We're going to bring that to you next week, but for now, we're going to take a look at the person whose name is most identified with the Variety Show â€” Margaret C. Boles.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy's Braxton Giavedoni (pictured here) put the exclamation point on a convincing win for the Chucks in their season opener against St. Marys when he hit a long, towering home run to cap a 20-5, four-inning mercy rule victory over the Dutch.
Punxsy's softball team didn't fare as well against the Lady Dutch, falling 6-1 in a five-inning, rain-shortened affair.
See Friday's print edition for full recaps.
The Chucks and Lady Chucks track and field teams got things rolling on the spring sports season on Wednesday at Brookville, with the boys taking all three of their meets and the girls winning two of three.
For a full report on the event, see today's print edition of The Spirit.
Today's schedule includes a baseball game at home against St. Marys at 3 p.m. and a softball game against the Lady Dutch at 4:15 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy Borough Council approved the contract
of the newly hired police chief at a special meeting held on Wednesday.
James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new police chief at a special meeting held on March 24 in council chambers.
Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, said the motion to approve the contract for retired state trooper James Borza, was made by Aaron Hendricks, council member, and seconded by Brian Smith, council member, and was approved 7-0.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company presented five area fire companies with grants on Friday afternoon. The grants were presented by Josephine Posti, APR of Pennsylvania American Water, and Dave Drozd, also of American Water, and will be used to purchase necessary fire equipment that is needed for each fire company. Pictured (front, from left) are Jim Esposito, Central Fire Department; Posti; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; Wendy Peace, Big Run Volunteer Fire Company; (back row) Drozd; and Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.
FAIRVIEW â€” If all goes well, it appears that it will be a busy highway construction season throughout Jefferson County during the spring and summer driving seasons.
At the PennDOT Community Outreach, Paul Koza, PE, PennDOT District 10.0 assistant district executive/constructions, said in the Punxsutawney Borough, they will remove the Route 119 bridge that travels over the
Mahoning Shadow Trail, which is scheduled to be replaced during the 2016 construction season.
He said the cost of construction is estimated at somewhere between $2.5 million and $5 million.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnâ€™t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was right in the middle of the busy lunch hour when a small explosion on the grill shot flames up into the duct work above, causing Lily's Restaurant at 535 West Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, to be evacuated due to a fire at 11:26 a.m. on Sunday.
According to Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, the flames extended from the exhaust fan vent and into the wall and ceiling, causing flames to be seen on the roof.
Wachob said thanks to a quick response, Punxsutawney firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen.