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February 12th

Thanks to mild weather Feb. 2, souvenir shop doubled 2011 Groundhog Day sales

February 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Talk about irony at its best.

This year's most popular souvenir item — a T-shirt depicting a snow-covered Punxsy Phil, with the advice to "Chill Out" — is a little ironic considering the mild winter weather tourists experienced Feb. 1 and Groundhog Day.

"The nicest thing about this year was no rain, no snow, no ice," Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. "That is one of the best things about Groundhog Day 2012."

Way Back When

February 12, 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
(April 29, 1896)

THE REDS AND THE BLUES
A Contest To Increase
The Membership of
The Y.M.C.A.

February 10th

Motion: Rebert wants new trial or acquittal

February 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.

Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

PennDOT: ‘This is what we’re told to follow’

February 11, 2012

PennDOT, property owners discuss crosswalk devices

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Friday, representatives from PennDOT District 10 met with a group of concerned citizens regarding the placement of pedestrian crosswalk sign activation buttons.

Joe Ferrara, who, along with his wife, Joan VanDyke, owns the building at the corner of East Mahoning and South Findley streets, has spoken at several Punxsutawney Borough Council meetings about his unhappiness with the placement of the walk and don’t-walk activation buttons.

YMCA to host run/walk to honor Brookville teen

February 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Those who were closest to him said Connor Gerg could make friends with anyone.

This was especially true at school and at the Brookville YMCA, Tina Householder said, where Connor spent most of his time.

"Although I wasn't in school with him, I saw that he had such a gift of being friends with everybody," Householder said. "And he often helped the underdog. He was such a kind, kind kid."

Sunday, Feb. 19, the Brookville YMCA is hosting Share the Love, a run/walk event to honor the life Connor lived.

February 9th

PSP: Drug search yields heroin, crack

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police seized heroin, crack cocaine, cash and more in a search of a South Main Street residence where two men were also taken into custody Thursday morning.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the Troop C Vice Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 6:05 a.m. Thursday as the result of an undercover drug investigation.

Taken into custody were Kenneth Edward Ball, 60, Punxsy, and Aaron Albert Meanor, 28, Pittsburgh.

AREA AGENCY ON AGING WANTS TO KNOW: Who is Jefferson County’s oldest resident?

February 9, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Since its inception, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) has tried to provide county residents with resources that would allow them to stay in their homes longer.

But for the agency to continue to be a vital asset to the county’s older citizens, it is seeking help from one specific source — the county’s oldest resident.

“I think there’s so much history out there that we need to embrace,” JCAAA Executive Director Randy Davis said. “We want to ask, ‘How’d you make it? How’d you get there?’ We want to know the secrets to his or her success.”

February 8th

TOLD YOU SO

February 9, 2012

Say! What is that white material on this Phantastic Phil!’s paws, nose and top hat? Oh yes, it’s snow, as evidenced by flurries Wednesday, almost a week after Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication of six more weeks of winter. And some people thought Punxsy Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction was off the mark. Well, turns out he was right again — as usual! (Photo by Dan Long)

No injuries in 119 crash near county line

February 9, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP —There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Nelson’s Mini-Mart on Route 119 north, Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by Elise V. Butler, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 when traffic was stopped ahead, and she struck the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Leonard T. Lang, Rochester Mills.

Clean-up on trail after spill almost done

February 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The environmental clean-up of the Mahoning Shadow Trail will finally be completed this week, months after a fuel spill that occurred when a box truck crashed over the side of a bridge and landed on the trail, according to Borough Manager Ben White.

During Tuesday's Public Safety meeting, the environmental cleanup which will be completed this week.

"The company that was contracted to clean up the spill should be finished this week," White said during Tuesday's Public Safety meeting. The trail cleanup was supervised by Tracy Zents and Jefferson County Emergency Services.

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