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March 7th

Area gas prices skyrocket, nearing $4 a gallon

March 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —
Motorists are starting to get worried about the possibility that the price of gas could rise as high as $5 per gallon within the next few weeks throughout the area.

Punxsutawney gas prices skyrocketed 16 cents per gallon this week, said Bevi Powell, communications director for East Central AAA.

The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline has risen to $3.53 per gallon, she said.
Powell said it is hard to predict if the price of gas will actually rise to $5 per gallon.

Rotary names Lellock Feb. Boy of the Month

March 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club has named Casey Lellock, son of Jeff and Marlene Lellock of Punxsutawney, as its Boy of the Month for February.

An honors student enrolled in the academic curriculum at Punxsutawney Area High School, Lellock is a member of the Robotics Club, Spanish Club and Student Government. He has also taken part in track and cross country.

March 6th

From the pond to the small screen, Big Run Peeper watcher getting his big break

March 6, 2011

BIG RUN — The legendary Big Run “Peeper Watcher” John London will appear on either Discovery Channel or Animal Planet at a date and time that is yet to be determined.

London said he was surprised when the TV crew that was taping Groundhog Day activities showed up on his doorstep to do an interview last month.
The spring peeper is a small treefrog that makes high-pitched peeping sounds and can be heard just after the spring thaw — hence this frog's name.

PASR encourages support of troops

March 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Due to increased interest from the public, as well as continuing requests from soldiers, the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is again sponsoring a Support the Troops project for military personnel serving in Afghanistan.  

From now through March 30, a county-wide drive will seek to collect a wide variety of food and hygiene items, as well as stationery and recreational supplies. 

Way Back When

March 6, 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 Looking-Glass Causes Trouble

Vehicle crash sends woman to hospital

March 6, 2011

March 4th

IUP celebrates community, teamwork at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex opening

March 4, 2011

INDIANA — If the new Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex has a goal of bringing people from around the region to Indiana for athletic, entertainment and business purposes, its dedication ceremony bore a resemblance to what guests could see in the future.

The official grand opening of the $79 million, 150,000-square foot KCAC Friday included references to a classic film and even an impromptu, a cappella version of a Frank Sinatra standard by a state senator.

IUP, KCAC look to serve as a regional presence in Indiana

March 4, 2011

INDIANA — It’s a good thing that officials from IUP and the Kovalchick Convention & Athletics Complex (KCAC) officially dedicated the $79 million, 150,000-square foot building Friday, because the first ticketed event, the Harlem Globetrotters, will hit the floor of the Ed Fry Arena next Friday.

Amy White, the KCAC’s director of marketing, said the goal of the complex is to bring different kinds of events — big-name, family-oriented shows and concerts — to the Indiana area, and help people avoid longer trips to Pittsburgh, Altoona or State College, for example.

March 3rd

Bruce Breth’s therapy isn’t puzzling at all

March 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For Bruce Breth, life was always on the move while he was employed at Harvey Company in Punxsutawney, as a nitrogen truck driver during his younger years.

Today, however, life has slowed down a bit for Breth, 88, and the walls of his room at Wellington Heights are adorned with 70 finished puzzles. His current work in progress is uncompleted on his table.

Police: Scamming season is here again

March 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents who’ve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.

Fedigan said there’s such a large variety of scams occurring that it’s hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.

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