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February 24th, 2012

Thompson’s ‘bus stops here’ for re-election announcement

February 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — “The bus stops here” was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.

“We’re in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,” he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.

Thompson said he likes the message it sends when he’s running for re-election every two years.

Brockway residents question Flatirons’ proposal

February 24, 2012

BROCKWAY — Wednesday night, more than 150 people attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about a gas company’s proposal to drill in Brockway borough.

Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78), called the meeting to give Brockway residents the opportunity to get answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Flatirons Resources, the company whose proposal has caused dissatisfaction for local residents.

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91

February 24, 2012

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91, County Acres Personal Care Home, Titusville, formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

She was born May 1, 1920, in Colombus, Ohio, the youngest daughter of the late James and Nannie Mae Sims.

She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Bodenhorn Sr., whom she married Jan. 26, 1943, and who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1974.

Mrs. Bodenhorn had been a secretary for Canoe Township for 20 years and held many positions while living at Mahoning Towers.

Betty Stear Long, 97

February 24, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.

After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

Shirley L. McMillen, 69

February 24, 2012

Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.

A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.

February 23rd

Chucks will lean on experience in upper classes

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After Thursday's examination of the lightweight seedings and anticipated matchups for the District IX Individual Championships, which will be held at Clarion University Saturday, today's edition of Spirit Sports examines the other end of the spectrum: The heavyweights.

Three of the four Chucks wrestlers in the top six weight classes enter the tournament as seniors, knowing this will be their last run to states, and overall, Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy anticipates and hopes for big things from his big men.

One last chance at the 'Big Dance'

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While many children dream of one day playing in the NCAA's March Madness, known as the "Big Dance," most will never reach that level.

What took place this week at PAHS, the boys' elementary tournament, gives the children a taste of what it's like to take center stage just as the college players do every March.

This year's tournament, coached by the varsity and JV players and put on by the boys' basketball coaches from all levels, was a glaring success and concluded with five games Thursday night.

Sixth-grade: Penn State 34, Ohio State 14

The Zak Zone

February 24, 2012

I used to be Kobe Bryant in my driveway. And Michael Jordan. And Shaquille O'Neal, who I really didn't like all that much.

Whether it was because I lived out in the country, or that I just didn't have enough real friends, I used to play one-on-one basketball in my driveway... against myself... with two-man teams.

I liked Kobe and MJ back then, so the "team" I always wanted to win consisted of those two players.

The rules were simple.

Since I was the only player, and I was lazy, I never had to take the ball back to the three-point line.

Police, PennDOT offer reminders about new teen driving law

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were no citations, only warnings: Pennsylvania’s new laws regarding teenage drivers have changed, and unless they are in compliance, they will be cited.

Thursday, Punxsutawney Borough Police officers, Pennsylvania State Police troopers and representatives from PennDOT performed a detail during dismissal at Punxsutawney Area High School, handing out literature about the new law — Act 81, which took effect Dec. 27, 2011 — and to check for seatbelt usage among departing students.

Lent asks Catholics to pray, to fast and to give

February 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season for Roman Catholics around the world.

For the next six weeks, Msgr. Joseph Riccardo, of the Ss. Cosmas & Damian parish, is asking his parishioners and all Catholics to remove the growing number of distractions that usually inhibit a person of faith from making a full commitment to the Lenten season.

“It’s a hectic world, and we’re distracted by many things,” he said. “We have a lot of responsibilities and commitments, and unfortunately, that also serves as a distraction to the practice of our faith.”

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