Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â€” A huge windstorm that caused damage to property, trees and electric lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships was determined to not be a tornado, according to Jefferson County Emergency Services.
A severe storm passed through Jefferson County at 2:57 p.m. Monday, causing minor home damage, and downing numerous trees and power lines in Oliver and Ringgold townships.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county around 2:15 p.m., which was upgraded to a tornado warning about 25 minutes later.
ROSEVILLE and WASHINGTON â€” The Jefferson-Clarion-Clearfield County Farmers Union met recently at the Roseville Grange. Members primarily discussed high costs of production and the pending farm bill.
Larry Breech, president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, and Shannon Schaffer, director of membership for the National Farmers Union, encouraged union members to get involved as Congress begins to construct the farm bill that will take effect in 2012.
â€śHe who cries out the loudest is the one who gets heard,â€ť Breech said. â€śEverybody needs to stay active. Now is the time to get involved.â€ť
COOLSPRING â€” Jefferson County 911 dispatched the Oliver Township Fire Company to its station around 3:05 p.m. Monday for possible tornado activity in the area.
The 911 center said lines and trees were down in the area of St. John's Road. Reports said a tornado did indeed touch down, although there were no reports from the 911 center confirming it.
Other reports said a tornado had also touched down near New Bethlehem prior to the call in Oliver Township. Those reports were also unconfirmed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Center and Fox's Pizza teamed up to hold their second annual fund-raiser, "Eat a Pizza, Make a Difference," during the week of April 10-16.
Rob McCoy director of the community center, aimed for financial fitness with the Fox's Pizza fox.
The goal for the fund-raiser was to sell 1,000 pizzas, allowing Fox's to donate a dollar a pizza to the community center; however, if 2,000 pizzas were sold, $4,000 would be donated.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A Punxsutawney man was injured in a one-vehicle accident when he struck a tree at approximately 5:45 p.m. Sunday along Route 119 in Bell Township, across from Jefferson Machine.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Steven Test, 35, was traveling southbound on Route 119 when, for unknown reasons, he struck a tree head on.
Route 119 was closed for nearly an hour while debris and fluids from the accident were removed from the road way.
(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.)
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Pysanky eggs, a Ukrainian art, display a great variety of ornamental patterns. Each pattern, design and color depict a different meaning when displayed on the egg. Jeanne Curtis shared her wisdom on the Ukrainian art during a pysanky egg workshop March 26 at the Lattimer House. She has been designing the pysanky eggs for 21 years after taking an instructional
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center would like to introduce three new administrators to its team.
Karen Brown, nursing home administrator, and Charlotte McConnell, director of nursing, began working at the facility March 28. Jennifer Poltrack, director of admissions and marketing, started March 31.
Brown has worked as a manager at a long-term care pharmacy and in skilled nursing administration.
McConnell, a 41-year nurse, has directed long-term care facilities and served as director for two different home health companies.
To celebrate achievement and success, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) inducted 36 new members during an assembly Thursday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
(Front, from left) Carolyn Barnett, Brandon Bennett, Paul Brauer, Mikeelee Brink, Nicholas Brothers, Abigail Calvert, Madison Cary, Nicole Cromley, Brandon Douthit, Morgan Doverspike, Ivy Ferko, Braxton Giavedoni and Nichole Heitzenrater were many of the new members being inducted.
Throughout the ceremony, speakers elaborated on the traditions of the NJHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Seventy-nine-year-old Joe Cary, of Punxsy, will participate in the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas, during the last weekend in June.
June 25, Cary will compete in the 5K race â€” or 3.1 miles â€” in the 75 to 79 age group, and he expects to be the eldest in the category. In addition, June 26, he will compete in a triathlon that consists of a 400-yard swim, a 12.5-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run.