Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
BIG RUN â€” A change in state law regarding small games of chance and gun raffles was discussed at Mondayâ€™s Big Run Borough Council meeting.
Every organization that fund-raises must have a small games of chance license, said Scott Bowers, deputy chief, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.
â€śOur fire company has held a license since it first began,â€ť he said, and that as part of the new regulations, all funds raised must be deposited into a separate account.
Karla Strawser (left) and Lesa Walker take part in the Survivorsâ€™ Lap Saturday as part of this yearâ€™s successful Relay for Life, during which 27 registered teams raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society.
GRANGE â€” A Punxsutawney woman escaped injury when her vehicle rolled over at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday along Route 536 in Grange, Perry Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Pamula J. Binnie, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 536 when she swerved to miss a small animal on the road.
Police said Binnie lost control of her vehicle and traveled onto the east side of the road, struck a road sign and then traveled back over to the west side of the road near the Grange Church of God.
Elizabeth Erin McAndrew (from left), first runner-up; Mariah Kay Lemelle, Jefferson County Fair Queen 2012; and Brandy Shreckengost, second runner-up. Lemelle was chosen as queen Sunday during the fair, which runs through Saturday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Construction is expected to begin this week on the H2O grant projects beginning with the West Mahoning Street sewer project.
Punxsutawney Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, EADS Group, said work will be done first on West Mahoning because of the paving work needed following construction of storm sewers, which should help with the high water in the area of the Punxy Plaza when a heavy thunderstorm occurs.
Sekula said the Horatio Street sewer project will be second, and South Main Street will be third.
In other business:
BROOKVILLE â€” Numerous officials and local community groups are working together to bring a piece of history to Brookville next summer.
But itâ€™s not an easy feat.
American Legion Post 102, county officials and interested agencies and individuals would like to bring a moving Vietnam War memorial wall to Brookville for a five-day stay from Aug. 21-25, 2013.
At a cost of almost $80,000 however, itâ€™s going to take a lot of work and community support to see the goal through, Brookville American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Secretary Valerie Zents said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What is it that helps Punxsy's Relay for Life achieve its goals, despite the economy and the weather?
It's an easy answer: The community and the Relay for Life teams.
This past Saturday, 27 registered teams in Punxsy's Relay for Life raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society during its eighth-annual event, surpassing its goal of $86,000 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
Teams have until July 31 to submit their earnings, which will only push the overall total even higher.
(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.)
(August 5, 1896)
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall
PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP â€” The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.
While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.
â€śIâ€™m excited about all kinds of stuff,â€ť said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As discussions as to the future of Punxsyâ€™s two brick streets â€” Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way â€” continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.
â€śIn the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,â€ť said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.