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March 19th

Council OKs rezoning south side of Union St.

March 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.

Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

March 18th

Big Run names Robin McKee as annual Citizen of the Year

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sunday’s 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.

Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the “Robert L. ‘BoBo’ Davis Award” by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sunday’s festivities.

McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.

Peepers poet laureate offers his insight into Big Run’s annual phenomenon

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.

“I was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,” he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.

“When I’m at a county commission meeting, I’m bound by Roberts Rules of Order,” McIntyre said. “When I’m at meetings at home, I go by Eilene’s (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though I’m the boss.”

WAY BACK WHEN

March 18, 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)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to “Died of His Injuries” from last week.)

March 16th

Ed Skarbek says maple syrup season is over, spring has arrived

March 16, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — Ed Skarbek knows spring is here when he can't make maple syrup any longer.

And it's just about that time, he said last Saturday morning, while showing a group of Cub Scouts how the "real stuff" is made.

"It all depends on the weather," Skarbek said. "You’ve got to have the cold nights and the warm days."

Cold nights and warm days are perfect for making maple syrup, a Skarbek past-time that can be traced through the generations.

At the turn of the 20th century, within a three-mile radius of Skarbek's current camp in Bell Township, sugar camps began to spring up.

Groundhog Festival Committee prepares for its ‘best-ever’ event during summer 2012

March 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are “real close to putting on the best event ever.”

After dedicating “thousands” of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this year’s festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.

“We’re fortunate to have great sponsors,” Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. “People in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. It’s basically what it comes down to.”

County cites last week in March for weather preparedness

March 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 26-30 as Weather Emergency Preparedness Week.

Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County, said the week is crucial in preparing the county’s residents for possible severe weather outbreaks.

“(We need) to be prepared to take immediate action in the event of bad weather,” he said.

Zents also said the timing of the proclamation is also important, because the county is more susceptible to thunderstorms and tornados during the spring.

March 15th

Just for Jesus guests no longer listed as ‘transient’ offenders

March 15, 2012

BROCKWAY — A recent update to Megan's Law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett late last year, means sex offenders in Pennsylvania are now facing stricter registration and notification requirements.

A few aspects of the law, signed Dec. 20, took effect Feb. 18.
One of the changes that took effect deals with homeless offenders, and is a change about which the Rev. Jack Wisor, director of the Just for Jesus Homeless Ministry in Brockway, recently voiced concerns.

New hayracks for new poles?

March 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, the Punxsutawney Garden Club asked Punxsutawney Borough Council for help in replacing the hayracks that were removed from the light standards for the downtown traffic light replacement project.

“We feel the beautification projects the Garden Club manages throughout the year make a great deal of difference in adding to the charm of the community,” Garden Club President Gloria Kerr said.

She said there is a fear that to replace the hayracks on the new light standards might damage the new poles.

March 14th

Young Township hopes to have found solution for delinquent sewage customers

March 14, 2012

WALSTON — Young Township sewage customers who become late on their sewer bills could find themselves knee-deep in something else.

Wednesday, the Young Township Board of Supervisors displayed its new sewage shut-off device to be used with late-paying sewage customers.

These devices will be used at the discretion of the township supervisors for the most delinquent sewage customers, Chairman Andrew Meterko said.

He said these devices will be installed after a 48-hour shut-off notice is given to the customer, and is in accordance with the township’s sewage rules and regulations.

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