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May 16th

Bridge open in Big Run

May 16, 2011

BIG RUN — The Big Run Arch Bridge replacement is nearly complete, as the new span was open to traffic once again Monday evening.

The project, which began last summer, is almost finished, as work on the tie-ins to the bridge need to be completed and the temporary road needs removed.

Deborah L. Casadei, M.B.A., District Press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 10, said the traffic pattern change occurred Monday evening.

The bridge over Big Run Creek is located between Smyers and Caroline streets in Big Run.

May 15th

Game Commission allowing full-day turkey hunting for first year ever

May 15, 2011

FRANKLIN — Welcome to all-day turkey hunting, which begins today for the first time in Pennsylvania hunting history.

Terry Wills, supervisor at the Northwest Pennsylvania Game Commission office in Franklin, said today is a historic day, now that turkey hunting is allowed throughout the day – from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of Game Commissioners last year, as part of the 2010-11 season and bag limits package. 

Way Back When

May 15, 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 26, 1896

Surprise Party

May 13th

Area ministers offer insight into issue of May 21 as Judgment Day

May 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although they have not sponsored billboards or painted their automobiles with scripture verses or distributed tracts, a number of area ministers realize that there are people in the United States and around the globe, who earnestly believe that May 21 will be Judgment Day, when Christ returns to gather the faithful before the end of the physical world occurs in October.

State police look into recent, suspicious fires

May 13, 2011

SYKESVILLE — A fire in Sykesville caused heavy damage to a house owned by Jeremy Sedor, 400 Mary’s Alley, Wednesday evening.

Sykesville Fire Chief Kevin Yamrick said the fire began around 11 p.m. in a shed adjacent to the house and quickly spread to the house, causing heavy damage to the interior.

Sedor, who is the Sykesville Fire Department assistant chief, said he, his son Jordan and dog Dozer were asleep in the house when his neighbor, Brian Sharpe, noticed smoke coming from the shed when he let his dog out around 11 p.m. Sharpe then banged on Sedor’s door to alert him.

May 12th

Kerri Presloid takes her educational games to the next level: The consumer

May 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As written on the family chalk board in the den, “Dream Big” has always been the motto for Kerri Presloid.

After winning Penn State-DuBois’ B.I.G. (Business Ideas Gone Wild) competition in 2009, Presloid has been able to begin her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. The idea she submitted to the competition was a children’s game entitled “Treasure!” which is intended to help each player learn letter recognition while collecting the treasure of gold coins.

The game “Treasure!” has several ways to play for different age levels, from advanced toddler to kindergarten.

PAH hails employees during National Hospital Week

May 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Because National Hospital Week is a celebration of people, Punxsutawney Area Hospital is honoring its employees by recognizing the role each of them plays in extending a sense of trust to their patients and members of their community.

“A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope,” hospital CEO Dan Blough said. “From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and vibrant community.”

May 11th

Jefferson Grocery closing wholesale division; will maintain retail stores — including Comet

May 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the highly-competitive grocery world, Ben Levy said his family, which owns the Jefferson Wholesale Grocery Company, has found that a certain story from the Bible plays out only in the Bible.

“David beat Goliath only in the Bible,” he said, citing his company as the small David, competing against larger, Goliath-sized “big-box retailers” of the grocery industry.

SPECIAL DELIVERIES

May 11, 2011

Members of the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney — (from left) John Woods, Judy Kemmerer, Patty Dean, Dave Reynolds, Steve White and Gary Krawzyk — will be among those taking part in their annual food drive Saturday at the Punxsutawney Post Office. Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off all day or during normal time of delivery. Anyone who has a rural route may also place foods item in his or her mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up. All food donated will be given to local food pantries. (Photo by Jennifer Barr)

May 10th

Jessica Smochek goes to Congress for victims harmed while serving in Peace Corps

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

“In the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,” she said, saying that these days, people are taught to “mind their own business.”

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