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February 29th, 2012

Alexis Jane Clark, infant

March 1, 2012

Alexis Jane Clark, infant, Big Run, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

She was born Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, daughter of Deanna Surkala and Stephen Clark, who survive, of Big Run.

In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include her maternal grandparents, Joseph Surkala and Tamela Robinson, both of DuBois; her paternal great-grandparents, Catherine and Marty Clark of Punxsutawney; her paternal great-grandmother, Charlotte Young of Anita; her paternal grandfather, Michael Clark of Punxsutawney; and her paternal grandmother, Toni and step-grandfather Robert Lewis of Timblin.

Leonard Emberg, 84

March 1, 2012

Leonard Emberg, 84, Union City, passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Oscar and Liza (Chapman) Emberg.

Nov. 4, 1948, at the First United Methodist Church in Union City, he married Darlene Ballog, who survives. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past year.

Mr. Emberg attended Punxsutawney schools and then served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class during World War II.

He was retired from Barnes Group, Raymond Manufacturing, Corry.

Patricia Ann Zimmerman, 82

March 1, 2012

Patricia Ann Zimmerman, 82, Oregon, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in her home under hospice care.

She was born July 23, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Francis and Florence (Kingsley) Lento.

She was the wife of Earl Zimmerman, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oregon; the Eastern Star for many years; and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Surviving relatives include three daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

JH hoops teams end seasons on high notes

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the Punxsy Chucks varsity basketball team prepares for its District IX championship game Saturday at Clarion University, the junior high basketball teams' seasons have come to a close.

The ninth-grade squad closed on a high note, winning two of its last three games, with the only loss being a close overtime loss to the Bradford Owls in the last game of the season.

The Zak Zone

March 1, 2012

I hate to admit this, but I used to be a little bit ashamed to call Punxsutawney my hometown.

I learned from an early age, as I traveled to roller hockey tournaments across the country, that telling people you were from Punxsutawney quickly drew the same question no matter where you found yourself visiting: "Hey, that's where that groundhog is from, right?"

Now, the embarrassment grew stronger as a teenager, after Bill Murray put Punxsutawney on the map for folks outside the quirky circle who had already heard of our little, local holiday.

Firefighters respond to three calls — two at the same time

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Damage was kept to a minimum at Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers on Hampton Avenue, when an electrical malfunction in the grill caused the building to fill with smoke at the heart of the lunch hour around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith, the fire began in the grill in the kitchen, although originally, it was reported that the fire had had gone into the roof through the grill hood.

Wolfe: No tolerance for threats in district

February 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just days after a school shooting near Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, a threat via social media at Jeff Tech and the lockdown of a Bradford area middle school, the superintendent of the Punxsutawney Area School District says there are ramifications for such behavior.

“There are definite consequences from it,” Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Wednesday. “So many times, someone could say, ‘We were just messing around,’ but you can’t do that. You can’t joke about something like that.”

Board explores ways to cut spending, increase revenue in budget

February 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Budget discussions continued during the Punxsutawney Area School Board’s monthly committee meeting Wednesday.

Business Manager Susan H. Robertson said the majority of the district’s budget is fixed costs, so the administration needs the board and the public to brainstorm ways to save money. She also said that department budgets are being reviewed at this time.

Board members received handouts with suggestions on how to reduce spending budget and increase revenues for the district.

Fire Alarms

February 29, 2012

The location of the two fire alarms were:

• Rt. 119 South for a reported house fire

• Wendy's for a reported grill fire

Please read The Spirit for more information.

February 28th

Jeff Tech locked down, evacuated after threat via social media

February 28, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — A male juvenile was arrested for making threats of violence against students at the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational Technical School (Jeff Tech) Tuesday morning.

According to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police, a threat was made via a social media outlet against Jeff Tech students, implying that firearms and explosives would be used against members of the student population.

According to police, it was determined that a 16-year-old male juvenile acted alone in the commission of this crime and will be charged with disorderly conduct.

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