Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A descendent from a long line of family hunters and former Punxsutawney resident, Richard "Dick" Lingenfelter of Haines City, Fla., has found coyotes to be an unending public annoyance.
For Lingenfelter, hunting was a lifestyle as well as a family tradition.
His late grandfather, Hillis Lingenfelter, was a former fur buyer. However, after his grandfather passed away, the family business of fur trade was conveyed to his uncle, Frank Lingenfelter, who continued buying furs, as well as becoming a bounty hunter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The many public service announcements on television featuring the sad faces of abused and neglected animals that bring people to tears are heartbreaking and hard to miss.
In an effort to end animal abuse, a newly formed group, Amend Pa. Humane Enforcement (APHE), has begun to hold workshops throughout Pennsylvania in order to educate the public on why amendments are neededÂ to the way current animal anti-cruelty laws are enforced.Â
The proposed amendments would turn anti-cruelty laws into first-class laws in the state.
(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.)
(February 12, 1896)
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BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council dismissed its code enforcement officer and hired a new one during its monthly meeting.
Council President Nick Lantz called for an executive session near the close of last Monday's meeting to discuss the status of code enforcement officer David Rouch.
Following an executive discussion by council members, the meeting reconvened, and Lantz announced that council would replace Rouch due to his unavailability. Council then approved a motion to relieve Rouch of his duties and send him a certified letter informing him of his dismissal.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Richard Peirce wonât take credit for the idea to use his 1991 Cadillac DeVille to bring a message from God to people everywhere.
âGod put this idea in my mind,â he said.
And if you havenât seen the vehicle, youâre not looking hard enough.
With yellow lettering emblazoned against the carâs maroon body color, the message is clear and startling: Judgment Day is Saturday, May 21, 2011 â eight weeks from today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The fences are up, funding has been approved, and the demolition of the existing buildings is set to make way for the construction of Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors.
Tim Spence, a member of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM), said the $6.5 million project will be constructed at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets on the site of the former Parenteâs Pool Hall, directly across from First English Lutheran Church.
JALSM is constructing the apartment complex in partnership with TREK Development of Pittsburgh.
BROOKVILLE â A former Punxsutawney man was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a state correctional facility after pleading guilty to a variety of charges, including identity theft, with a total of $99,000 owed in restitution.
Michael J. Lainey, c/o the Jefferson County jail, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of identity theft, access device fraud and various other charges mostly involving Gilman Lainey of Punxsy, the defendantâs father, from whom he stole $90,771.
BROOKVILLE â Historic Brookville Inc. (HBI) will present the designs for the planned town square at 7 p.m. April 7 at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Hall.
HBI made that announcement this week after more than six months of design work and several years of dealing with environmental issues.
The final site plan includes:
âą Pedestrian amenities, including a decorative walkway between the courthouse and town square.
âą Lighting and adequate electricity for public performances, such as concerts and plays.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â âAll the worldâs a stage,â according to Shakespeare. Now, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. (PTAG) is proving the truth of that famous comment through its new Web site, punxsytheatre.org.
Developed through the efforts of Guild member Jef Dinsmore and Web site designer John McManigle of Brookville, the site is a âone-stop location for all news and information about PTAG,â according to Dinsmore.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Jefferson County.
Pat Berger, executive director of Western PA CARES for Kids, was on hand for the proclamation. She said the effects of child abuse are long-term and far reaching.
âChild abuse is a community problem, and the community needs to be involved to prevent child abuse,â Berger said. âThere are more than three million children abused each year, and the effects are felt by the whole area.â