Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
Construction workers from Power Contracting and Jefferson Paving work on the $1.1 million PennDOT downtown traffic signal project Wednesday at the Jefferson Street/Mahoning Street intersection. Construction was halted for the last two weeks to accommodate Old Home Week and the Groundhog Festival. Motorists are advised to avoid this area as flagman are directing traffic during periods of construction. (Photo by Larry McGuire)
BROOKVILLE â€” Although this is the first time in nine years that Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a state budget on time, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered.
During Wednesdayâ€™s Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners could not relay information about final budget figures because they themselves have little to no information.
Chairman Paul Corbin called it a game in progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Now that the festival season has concluded in Punxsutawney for another year, itâ€™s time for borough residents and motorists to prepare for the return of construction season.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said at Mondayâ€™s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that motorists should prepare themselves for significant delays beginning today.
Contractor Power Contracting will shut down the intersection of Jefferson Street and Mahoning Street today, Fedigan said, and there will be delays in the downtown area, along with parking restrictions and tagged meters.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There are festivals for mountain laurel, Punxsutawney Phil and even fall leaves, but this weekend, there will be a festival in Barclay Square that celebrates life: The American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay For Life.
Not only does the relay celebrate many cancer survivors, it also promotes research to find a cure.
As of last week, teams have raised $45,000. The ultimate goal is $78,000.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śDisco â€” Stayinâ€™ Alive.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board will waive a fee for the local police departmentâ€™s Civil Service testing, but some board members wonder if that will mean other groups looking for waivers on facility fees as well.
Monday, the agenda item â€” moved by board member Jack White, seconded by Penny Pifer â€” was already defeated with a 3-3 vote at a previous meeting. Because of the tie vote, the motion did not pass, but Monday, it passed with a 5-3 vote.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the second time, the Jefferson County Historical Society is receiving national recognition.
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that the Jefferson County Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit, â€śLiving on the Land.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a real honor for a small organization to be able to win this national award,â€ť said Kenneth Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County History Center.
In 2008, JCHC was also recognized by the AASLH.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 18, 1896
The Golden Sands of Alaskan Lakes
ADRIAN â€” Multiple fire companies responded to a call at AM/PM Personal Care Home in Adrian when smoke alarms went off at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Firefighters from seven companies were called to the scene of the facility that houses mostly elderly residents.
Bryan Smith, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company chief, said there was quite a bit of smoke in the structure when firefighters arrived on scene.
Smith said a short search helped firefighters determine the smoke was coming from an air conditioning unit.
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” A driver and passenger were injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on Snyder Hill Road, Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, an Acura RSX driven by Jeffrey W. Smith Jr., 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Snyder Hill Road when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a left curve in the roadway.
George C. Brown Community Pool lifeguards help ducks toward the finish line Sunday during the annual Duck Derby that benefits the pool. "Duckmaster" Brian Smith picks the winners from the water as they make it through the gate. SPLASH has been holding the event for over a decade, and it started out in the Mahoning Creek but has since moved to the pool. Over 750 tickets were sold this year, and all proceeds go toward the pool's maintenance and upkeep.