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May 6th, 2012

PAHS 2012 Prom King and Queen

May 6, 2012

At the 2012 PAHS prom, “A Starry Night,” Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.

Police warn of thefts, scams

May 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.

Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.

"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.

Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.

Way Back When

May 6, 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
(June 24, 1896)

A BROAD GRIN

John Andrew “Simon” Meterko, 77

May 6, 2012

John Andrew “Simon” Meterko, 77, Delancey, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born May 6, 1934, in Delancey, a son of the late John Andrew and Susie (Pluchinskey) Meterko.

In August 1962, he married the former Adda Louise Biggie, who survives.

He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.

A man of strong faith, with a dedication to his daily prayers, he prayed for many people and causes.

Mr. Meterko was a self-employed carpet installer and a hardworking man who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.

May 4th

PLAYING THE WAITING GAME

May 4, 2012

Members of the Groundhog Little League's junior league team, Jefferson Grocery, look on from the dugout during a rain delay in what was scheduled to be a 6 p.m. contest with DuBois' Buriak Painting. Unfortunately, looming storm clouds and lightning in the distance forced the game to be postponed to a later date, and the only game the teams were able to play was the waiting game.

MORE SUCCESSFUL HUNTS

May 4, 2012

Father and son did it again, as Ray (left) and Ryan Flick each nabbed opening-day turkeys — last Saturday — at 7:30 a.m. while hunting in Gaskill Township. Ray's gobbler weighed in at 18 pounds with an 11-inch beard, while Ryan's was a 20-pounder with an eight-inch beard.

Another successful hunt

May 4, 2012

Karen Arrington poses with her 21-pound gobbler, shot on Filtering Plant Road in the game lands. Arrington's bird had a 9 1/2-inch beard with one-inch spurs.

Write-in votes from Dems fall short for 66th challenger

May 4, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The count of write-in votes from Jefferson County’s April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.

Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.

Mock crash shows lives can be changed forever with one bad choice

May 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.

PAHS’ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.

After fire, Big Run Carpet reopens

May 4, 2012

BIG RUN — A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.

The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze — which was later classified as arson — but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.

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