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August 28th

Punxsy man injured in motor scooter accident

August 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney man sustained abdominal injuries when his motor scooter crashed into the guardrail at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Chestnut Street.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, George Grist of Punxsutawney was traveling on Chestnut Street when he apparently lost control of his scooter and struck a guardrail.

Police said the scooter ran along the guardrail a few feet before coming to rest.

According to police, Grist was transported by Jefferson County EMS to Punxsutawney Area Hospital and was flown by STAT MedEvac to an area trauma center with abdominal injuries.

Day No. 1 is in the books! And it went as smooth as can be

August 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you were out driving during the day on Tuesday, you might have noticed the large black-and-yellow buses were out picking up and dropping off kids, as the first student day of classes in the Punxsutawney area began.

Everything went pretty well for the first day of classes in the Punxsutawney Area School District, said Dr. Keith Wolfe, district superintendent.

Wolfe said there weren’t any issues on the buses on Tuesday morning.

August 27th

Getting a head start

August 27, 2012

Friend’s fine flowers earn Garden of the Month honors

August 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the damage caused to area gardens by the many severe storms experienced this summer, Shawnee Friend's garden on Freas Lane continues to shine and was chosen as the August “Garden of the Month" by the Punxsutawney Garden Club this past week.

"I've been planting flowers pretty much since we moved in here 29 years ago," Friend said, adding that her home was built by former owners Dan and Diane Anderson.

"This property was all woods when we moved in; there was no lawn to speak of," she said.

August 26th

Woman airlifted Sunday following motorcycle accident involving deer

August 26, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A passenger on a motorcycle was flown to an area trauma center by a STAT MedEvac helicopter following an accident involving a deer at 7:11 p.m. Sunday on Route 436 near Femco Machine.

According to fire and police scanner reports, the motorcycle struck the deer, causing an injury to a female passenger, while the male operator suffered minor injuries.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by Punxsutawney Borough Police, Jefferson County EMS and members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Comcast looking to offer low-cost Internet access, computers to qualifying students

August 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A cable and Internet provider hopes to bridge the digital divide for students in the Punxsutawney Area School District by offering low-cost Internet access to parents.

Comcast, the nation’s largest Internet service provider, launched the newly redesigned online “Learning Center” on its Internet Essentials website, www.InternetEssentials.com/Learning, said Robert Grove, Comcast public relations director for the Keystone region.

Way Back When

August 26, 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
(September 2, 1896)

AN INDIANA COUNTY FARMER SUICIDE

August 24th

Drivers beware: School safety not just important for kids

August 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In case you haven't noticed, between all of the "Back to School" ads and commercials, it's time for the kids to head back to school this coming week, which means motorists need to keep their eyes open for students walking to school or to bus stops.

"I think it's a good idea to review the proper entrance and exit on school buses," said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.

Wolfe said everyone thinks that they are familiar with the many safety issues, but sometimes there are changes.

Blending in

August 24, 2012

Natural camouflage can be a great defense system for animals to hide themselves from potential danger.

But this toad’s camo almost came back to bite him, as he had a too-close-for-comfort run-in with a weed eater Thursday afternoon.

Despite the close call, he was still trying his hardest to blend in when this photo was taken moments later.

Remember: Free & Fun Day planned this Sunday

August 24, 2012

The Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association would like to remind The Spirit’s readers that this Sunday is Free and Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fordham trail head of the Mahoning Shadow Trail. Pictured are (from left) Susan Wolfe, association secretary; Amy Taladay, event coordinator and her dog, Ozzie; and Howard Glessner, trail maintenance supervisor and his dog, Sadie.

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