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March 11th, 2012

Five injured in Big Run wreck

March 11, 2012

BIG RUN — Five people were injured around 4 p.m. Saturday in a wreck along Route 119 in Big Run near Mitchell Street, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Dylan Irwin, 19, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 119, and Jodi Campbell, 31, Punxsutawney, was traveling north when, for unknown reasons, Irwin was traveling in the opposite lane of travel and failed to enter back in the appropriate lane prior to impacting Campbell's 2003 gold Cadillac Escalade.

Way Back When

March 11, 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
(May 6, 1896)

DIED OF HIS INJURIES

March 9th

Mesoraco continues to do his part in giving back

March 10, 2012

ST. MARYS —Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, a Punxsutawney native, recent- ly visited with area youth during a stop in St. Marys as the guest instructor at a catching clinic held at Beimel Baseball.

During the clinic, Mesoraco spent time instructing players on catching fundamentals emphasizing throwing, blocking and receiving.

Players also had the opportunity to ask Mesoraco questions. They were each given an autograph and had their individual photos taken with the MLB catcher.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

March 10, 2012

Jack Gaston, 81, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, aced hole No. 9 at the East Polo Park Golf Course in Davenport, Fla., near Orlando Jan. 9. Gaston used his four-iron on the 101-yard par three. Dennis States, Gaston’s brother-in-law, formerly of Punxsutawney, witnessed the shot. An avid golfer, Gaston spends several weeks each winter in Florida to keep up with his game. This is Gaston’s first career hole-in-one.

Brookville motivated for today's opening round of PIAA playoffs

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — After falling in the District IX Class AA Championship game last Friday, the Raiders have been hard at work in practice this week preparing for the PIAA playoffs, which begin today.

Brookville (18-6) will face Sto-Rox (22-3), the No. 3 seed out of District VII, today in the opening round.

Outage causes 911 Center to activate emergency plan

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.

“Emergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,” the commission said.

Pennsylvania’s 4-H program celebrating its 100th anniversary

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Lois Pifer and Dolly Smouse have served as 4-H program leaders for 41 and 39 years respectively.

And it's this kind of service that has kept the Pennsylvania 4-H program thriving over the last 100 years, said Mya Rushton, team program management coordinator for the 4-H program.

"One of the biggest reasons 4-H has survived for 100 years is because of the dedication of the volunteers," she said. "4-H runs on volunteers. They dedicate their time to teaching kids, guiding them and supporting them. It's incredible."

ATA: Work on transit center is right on schedule

March 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction of the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center in Punxsutawney continues on schedule and possibly a little ahead, thanks to mild winter weather this year.

Crews are running on a tight schedule to complete construction of the new center along North Findley Street, said John Lacny, ATA public information director.

“Construction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,” he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission’s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.

Gertrude Ames, 93

March 9, 2012

Gertrude Ames, 93, Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Oliver Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Wilson and Edna (Brosius) Hoffman.

Feb. 29, 1936, she married Howard Ames, who preceded her in death July 2000.

Mrs. Ames was a lifetime member of the Langville Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for 55 years and enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

Burr Berringer Sr., 86

March 9, 2012

Burr Berringer Sr., 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Rossiter, a son of the late Blair and Nellie (Smyers) Berringer.

He was married to Betty Lou (Mullins) Berringer, who preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2007.

Mr. Berringer was employed by I.A. Construction for 34 years before retiring. He was a lifetime member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and Moose.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an expert homemade wine maker.

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