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December 4th

Pursuit leads to three-car accident in Young Township

December 5, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Two Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police cars sustained heavy damage after being struck by a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 310 in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a PT Cruiser driven by Douglas Bryan Oharah, 41, Reynoldsville, was traveling north on Route 119 approximately one mile south of Punxsutawney Borough when a state trooper attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

Council discusses transfer of liquor license to Tres Amigos

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council's Public Safety Committee held its meeting Tuesday and discussed the proposed liquor license transfer from Sykesville into Punxsy for a new Mexican restaurant that is to be coming to the Groundhog Plaza.

The borough received the application from the developer, Developac of DuBois, which owns the Groundhog Plaza, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

"The restaurant Tres Amigos will be constructed in the former Long John Silver’s/KFC restaurant building," White said.

Three-car incident involving State Police cruisers close Route 310

December 4, 2012

December 3rd

Jules’ latest Bubble’s World book — ‘Isabella’s Magic Dream’ — may just be her last

December 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're a fan of the Bubble's World children's books series, then you'll be happy to know the sixth edition is out and ready for purchase, "Bubble's World — Isabella's Magic Dream."

The bad news is, according to the author Jules (Julie Branken of Punxsutawney), this could very well be the last book in the series.

"This series of children's books are about a magic bubble, which represents children's imagination," Branken said, adding that through their imagination, children can go anywhere and do anything they want.

Weekend’s Sycamore dryer fire ruled arson

December 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A 17-year-old juvenile male from Punxsutawney was arrested by Punxsutawney Borough Police on arson charges regarding the dryer fire that occurred at 2:23 p.m. Dec. 1 at Sycamore Apartments at 505 Sycamore St.

The fire was extinguished by a maintenance worker and the dryer was removed from the building before firefighters arrived on scene.

Tom Fedigan, Punxsy Borough Police chief, said the investigation is ongoing and the case will be forwarded to the Jefferson County Juvenile Court.

December 2nd

Dryer fire breaks out at Sycamore Apartments

December 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A potential catastrophe was averted when residents and maintenance personnel of Sycamore Apartments in Punxsutawney were able to remove a dryer that had heavy smoke showing and use a fire extinguisher on it at 2:23 p.m. Saturday in the laundry room of the building located at 505 Sycamore St.

The dryer had been removed and the building evacuated when members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and Punxsutawney Borough Police arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

PATRIOT’S PEN WINNER

December 2, 2012

Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) presents a Patriot's Pen certificate to Maggie Prutznal of Punxsy for winning this year's essay contest.

Maggie received $100 from the post, and she also has been announced as the District 19 winner.

She will receive $100 from the District 19 Ladies Auxiliary, and her essay will be passed on to the state level for department judging.

Way Back When

December 2, 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
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He Came Down

November 30th

Doverspike’s service to the community a full-time job, and one she loves

November 30, 2012

Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they’ve made to community and family. The club was founded in 1930, originally known as Punxsutawney Business & Professional Women’s Club. On Sept.

Plantation Bed & Breakfast’s new windmills provide a green energy source

November 30, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — The old legend has it that Don Quixote used to tilt at windmills, but today, there are many more people who are installing them for another reason — as an alternative energy source.

Such is the case at the Plantation Bed and Breakfast on Route 119 in Young Township.

"My son, Jesse Branken, came home from college in June, and he had suggested putting up windmills at Plantation Bed and Breakfast in order to save on electricity," said Julie Branken, owner of the popular bed and breakfast.

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