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RESPONDERS BATTLE BANKS TWP. FIRE

December 17, 2012

A fire destroyed a trailer located at 4015 Millstone Rd. in Banks Township that was used for storage at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.

Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Lucas said the trailer, owned by Deb and Gregory Patterson, was on the ground when firefighters arrived on scene.

Lucas said it took about an hour to put out the hotspots. Glen Campbell was assisted at the scene by Rossiter, Big Run, Commodore and Burnside Volunteer Fire Departments.

Students drink up fun, milk at Ag Night

December 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The first Ag Night held last week at the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria was quite a “moo-ving” experience for elementary students.

"This was the first Ag Night that was put on by the members of the
Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club," said Chad Stiteler, PAHS technology education and woodworking teacher and Ag Club advisor.

Stiteler said the primary focus was on the dairy industry, which is the closest agriculture in the local area.

"It's the agriculture the kids see the most of," he said.

WEATHER CENTER DONATION

December 17, 2012

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center received a donation of $2,500 from the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) last week.

Josephine Posti, of PAWC, said this was one of 20 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grants the water company was handing out to qualifying businesses and organizations, allowing them to offset some of their tax obligations to benefit educational organizations in the Commonwealth.

Rep. Sam Smith (far right), speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the Weather Center qualifies as an educational improvement organization.

Way Back When

December 17, 2012

(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
November 18, 1896

Fatal Nitro-Glycerine Explosion

A magazine contained nitro-glycerine, dynamite and other hight explosives, situated about two miles northwest of Johnsonburg, was blown up last Saturday afternoon.

The explosion was something terrible, over 200 quarts of nitro-glycerine being in the magazine.

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