March 29th, 2015
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.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were called to Aldi in the Punxy Plaza Thursday afternoon to investigate a possible fire, after a burning smell was coming through the HVAC heating and cooling system. Punxsutawney firefighters are pictured checking inside the suspended ceiling.
For more details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.
A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.
This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.
For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council, despite a controversial meeting that at one point called for a reorganization of council, hired a new police chief at a special meeting held on Tuesday in council chambers, with an overflow crowd on-hand.
James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new borough police chief following a public comment section period during which many people spoke in favor of hiring a candidate, Matt Conrad, who already works for the department.
On Monday evening, Punxsutawney elementary school students learned all about science at the 11th Annual Evening of Science/Elementary Science Night. This yearâ€™s theme was The Luck of The Scientist. High school science teachers Lori Burkett and Jen Weible, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade Science Club advisors; Ryan Hayden, 8th- and 9th-grade Science Club advisor; teacher Paige Zinzella; and members of the clubs taught elementary students all about science. Students went to a variety of different stations where they learned different things about science with hands-on activities.
Sunday evening, March 15, Plan B of the State College Area Rollers (SCAR) traveled to Skate Station in Clearfield to take on the Backwoods Bruisers of Northern Allegheny Roller Derby (NARD). This was the first game of the 14-event season for the Bruisers and the first road game for Plan B. Plan B was able to take the victory over the Bruisers, 230-155, thanks to a dominating first-half performance.
BIG RUN â€” It may seem as though the harsh winter that we've endured for the past few months will never go away. However, spring is indeed here, and even though the Big Run peeper frogs have yet to peep, citizens of Big Run and the surrounding areas came out for the 23rd annual Big Run Spring Peeper Banquet.
The banquet was held Sunday night at the Big Run War Memorial building, with Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh hosting the event.
Read the full in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
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