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February 15th

Sewage project on hold without right-of-way

February 15, 2011

Punxsutawney Borough Council is exploring options regarding a proposed west end storm sewer project near the Punxy Plaza, but Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula of the EADS Group reported that the firm has hit a wall in obtaining the right-of-way for the storm sewer project.

Sekula said the firm has made numerous requests via phone and e-mail for a meeting with Punxy Plaza representatives on a draft right-of-way agreement. But he said reps for the plaza have not responded to the request.

Gallery 131 hosts exhibit Friday by artist Brandi Elkin

February 15, 2011

Gallery 131, Pleasant Avenue, in Punxsy, owned by Delbert Highlands, has the entire upstairs dedicated to works by local artists, and will be the site of an exhibit, “From a Crooked Barn,” at 7 p.m. Friday by Brandi Elkin, who describes herself as an abstract artist with a twist.

While Elkin enjoyed drawing and coloring as a child, she continued her passion by taking art classes in high school. She plans to continue art education, possibly attending college.

February 14th

Putting the brakes on aggressive drivers

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Beginning Monday, PennDOT, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police are targeting aggressive drivers in an effort that runs through March 27.

Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 safety officer, said Monday that PennDOT is supporting a statewide crackdown on aggressive driving as part of this year’s distribution of nearly $2.1 million in federal funds, which supports police efforts to reduce the number of aggressive-driving crashes.

Council takes no action on Weaver's proposal

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council took no action regarding a proposal former probational Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Sean Weaver made at the Jan. 10 council meeting.

According to the Jan. 10 minutes, Weaver said it was requested that he have his attorney, Jeffrey S. DuBois, draft an agreement to bring a fair, equitable and amicable end to the lawsuit that he filed against the borough relative to his release at the end of his probationary period.

Council OKs bids for new firetruck

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company is closer to purchasing a new fire engine after Punxsutawney Borough Council passed a motion to advertise for bids at Monday's meeting.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense brought the final bid specs to council for its approval.

February 13th

Fire damages building

February 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were no injuries in a fire that began at 7:20 p.m. Sunday and took four fire departments over an hour-and-a-half to extinguish.

Four college students who rented the apartment at 1001 West Mahoning Street were displaced.

Numerous vehicles stored in the first- floor garage of the building were not damaged.

The alarm was called in by the residents of an apartment that occupied the second floor in the rear of the building.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense said firefighters got a good hit on the blaze when they first arrived on scene.

Long-time Valentines

February 14, 2011

John & Anna Kostick — 60 years

PUNXSUTAWNEY —
Aug. 5, 1950, the young couple tied the knot, becoming not just John and Anna, but jointly emerging as Mr. and Mrs. Kostick.

But about a year-and-a-half before that date, it was a dance where this Cinderella and Prince Charming danced the night away.

As one dance turned into another, the two were soon finding themselves entranced with countless late nights.

Despite the late night that John put in at A&P, the duo still made time, finding themselves dancing again, stopping only to eat.

Way Back When

February 14, 2011

(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
(February 5, 1896)

A SUDDEN DEATH

Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy

February 11th

Mayor lauds Punxsy libraries

February 12, 2011

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mayor James Wehrle — who recently obtained a new library card as part of his commitment to read more books and spend more time at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library — has proclaimed February as “Library Lovers’ Month.”

Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, said Punxsutawney has a rich history of libraries, such as the Tibby Library at the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society’s Lattimer House.

Jeanne Curtis, the librarian at the Tibby Library, said it is primarily used for research, especially genealogy.

Punxsy library keeping up with the times

February 12, 2011

It's not your father's Punxsutawney Memorial Library anymore.

"Unless you're bothering someone else, we won't shush someone," Library Director Coral Ellshoff said. "We hope that if someone hasn't visited the library in quite some time, they come visit and check out all of the changes that have taken place."

While there are many changes going on at the library, located at the Mahoning East Civic Complex, another thing that has changed is the public's perceptions of a library in the modern world.

Courtney Cole, president of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club, is pictured presenting the IUP Rotaract Club with its charter...
The students at Mapleview Elementary School made the most of the sunny weather and the approaching holiday this week by...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post No. 2076) presented the top three winners of the SS.C.D. School essay contest...
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold...
The Chucks will take on the Uniontown Red Raiders tonight at DuBois Area Middle School for its...
After having its Senior Night delayed multiple times, the Punxsy wrestling team will hit the mat...

 

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