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March 12th

As warm weather resumes, so does maintenance on Mahoning Shadow Trail

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During the warmer months, many residents of Punxsy enjoy a tranquil evening walking on the Mahoning Shadow Trail. But many do not know that maintenance for the trail is a year-long, ongoing project.

The Mahoning Shadow Trail is the Punxsy chapter of the Rails-to-Trails Association, which runs along Mahoning Creek for most of the trail, and passing many scenic sites along the way, such as the coke ovens.

As many know, Rails-to-Trails is a nationwide project that turns old railroads into trails for users to walk, run, bike or cross-country ski.

School board continues to seek savings measures

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it continues work on the 2012-13 budget, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board continue to brain-storm ways to cut expenditures and increase revenue, and a historically-unpopular idea was again raised Monday.

Board member Jack White again suggested consolidating elementary schools, saying there is plenty of space to house what he referred to as 190 students, even after closing a building or two.

March 11th

Area streams, lakes prepare for trout season

March 11, 2012

COOLSPRING — The mild winter weather the area has been experiencing brought out numerous anglers plagued with spring "fishing fever" who assisted with stocking of Little Sandy Creek located in Coolspring Friday.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) white trout trucks made their traditional run from Bellefonte to various fishing spots this past Friday with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

March 31, trout waters in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania will hold their opening.

Five injured in Big Run wreck

March 11, 2012

BIG RUN — Five people were injured around 4 p.m. Saturday in a wreck along Route 119 in Big Run near Mitchell Street, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Dylan Irwin, 19, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 119, and Jodi Campbell, 31, Punxsutawney, was traveling north when, for unknown reasons, Irwin was traveling in the opposite lane of travel and failed to enter back in the appropriate lane prior to impacting Campbell's 2003 gold Cadillac Escalade.

Way Back When

March 11, 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
(May 6, 1896)

DIED OF HIS INJURIES

March 9th

Outage causes 911 Center to activate emergency plan

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.

“Emergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,” the commission said.

Pennsylvania’s 4-H program celebrating its 100th anniversary

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Lois Pifer and Dolly Smouse have served as 4-H program leaders for 41 and 39 years respectively.

And it's this kind of service that has kept the Pennsylvania 4-H program thriving over the last 100 years, said Mya Rushton, team program management coordinator for the 4-H program.

"One of the biggest reasons 4-H has survived for 100 years is because of the dedication of the volunteers," she said. "4-H runs on volunteers. They dedicate their time to teaching kids, guiding them and supporting them. It's incredible."

ATA: Work on transit center is right on schedule

March 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction of the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center in Punxsutawney continues on schedule and possibly a little ahead, thanks to mild winter weather this year.

Crews are running on a tight schedule to complete construction of the new center along North Findley Street, said John Lacny, ATA public information director.

“Construction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,” he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission’s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.

March 8th

Punxsy’s model tech program attracts curious districts for insight

March 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District’s use of technology — specifically its one-to-one, or 1:1 program, in which all students in grades nine through 12 are issued laptop computers for use at school and home — has attracted enough praise and recognition that it has become a model for other districts to study.

March 7th

Library will fight on despite proposed funding cuts — again

March 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Libraries in Pennsylvania are facing yet another five-percent budget cut from Gov. Tom Corbett’s new fiscal year budget proposal.

“I think the state does alright by us, considering that all of the libraries are caught in dire straits right now with the proposed budget cuts,” library Director Coral Ellshoff said.

“I’m not saying that I welcome a five-percent cut in state funding; I think it’s understandable,” she said. “Where it creates an imbalance, the local governments need to pick up the slack.”

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