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March 4th

Punxsy wrestler headed to states

March 5, 2012

ALTOONA — Over the past weekend, Punxsy's wrestling team traveled to Altoona for the Class AAA Northwest Regional Tournament, with a record number of 10 Chucks advancing to the tournament.

One Punxsy grappler — sophomore Joel Bowers — earned a berth to the PIAA Class AAA State Championships next weekend in Hershey.

Bowers earned victories over McDowell's Coleman Cousins (2-1 decision) and St. Marys' Evan Smith (10-2 decision), avenging a loss to Smith in the D-IX tournament last weekend.

VEHICLE ROLLOVER

March 5, 2012

A Texas man escaped serious injury when he rolled his vehicle over around 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning in Cloe, Bell Township. According to police, a 2006 Lexus driven by Clarence J. Craft, Texas, was traveling south on Route 36 when he lost control and rolled his vehicle over, shearing off a utility pole at the same time. Police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS, Punxsutawney Fire Department, Rebuck's South Side Service and Penelec.

Way Back When

March 5, 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
(April 29, 1896)

A BLIND MAN SUICIDES
J. B. McCullough, of Beechwoods,
Hangs Himself

The body of James B. McCullough, of Beechwoods, was found suspended from a tree near Coal Glen, on Saturday morning last by A. H. Smith, of the latter place.

March 2nd

Cancer society seeking volunteers to help transport patients

March 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ursula Albino and her husband, Joe, have enjoyed the last 20 years of their retirement, but in that time, they have also found ways to give back to others.

Most recently, in 2010, they signed up to volunteer for the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Road to Recovery program, which pairs community volunteers with cancer patients to provide rides to and from cancer treatments.

But in the last two years, the Albinos have remained the only volunteers covering Jefferson County, so they are seeking some extra hands.

Students celebrate reading, Dr. Seuss’ birthday

March 3, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney Area School District elementary schools celebrated "Read Across America Day” and Dr. Seuss' birthday at the same time.

The National Education Association's “Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading and the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss March 2.

“Anything that promotes reading is a wonderful thing," said Sherri Spicher, first-grade teacher at Bell Township Elementary School.

March 1st

School district intercepts ‘copycat’ bomb threat

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe issued the following statement:
“On the morning of March 1, 2012, the administrators at Punxsutawney Area High School received information regarding a bomb threat that was posted on a social media Web site. While initial evidence indicated that this threat was a ‘copycat’ situation stemming from the recent Ohio school shooting and a similar bomb/gun threat incident at Jeff Tech this week, every threat is addressed as credible and investigated fully.

Winter business dips with lack of winter

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy Phil’s prediction this year was right, as usual, except he should have made one small edit and removed the “more” from his “six more weeks of winter” prediction, since last week was one of the first weeks to feel like “real” winter.

Rumblings about global warming aside, this winter has been very unusual, and though the average citizen has enjoyed it, the average business has not.

AmeriCorps helps students reach out to troops overseas

March 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — AmeriCorps helps students in the Punxsutawney Area School District to get in touch with the rest of the world by writing letters to soldiers of the 4th Platoon stationed in Kuwait.

Wednesday, AmeriCorps member Tony Ross spoke to Punxsutawney Area School Board members about his latest project.

Ross said he obtained the names of individual members of the 4th Platoon, and students were given the opportunity to write an individual letter to a soldier serving in Kuwait.

February 29th

Firefighters respond to three calls — two at the same time

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Damage was kept to a minimum at Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers on Hampton Avenue, when an electrical malfunction in the grill caused the building to fill with smoke at the heart of the lunch hour around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith, the fire began in the grill in the kitchen, although originally, it was reported that the fire had had gone into the roof through the grill hood.

Wolfe: No tolerance for threats in district

March 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just days after a school shooting near Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, a threat via social media at Jeff Tech and the lockdown of a Bradford area middle school, the superintendent of the Punxsutawney Area School District says there are ramifications for such behavior.

“There are definite consequences from it,” Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said Wednesday. “So many times, someone could say, ‘We were just messing around,’ but you can’t do that. You can’t joke about something like that.”

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