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February 8th

Clean-up on trail after spill almost done

February 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The environmental clean-up of the Mahoning Shadow Trail will finally be completed this week, months after a fuel spill that occurred when a box truck crashed over the side of a bridge and landed on the trail, according to Borough Manager Ben White.

During Tuesday's Public Safety meeting, the environmental cleanup which will be completed this week.

"The company that was contracted to clean up the spill should be finished this week," White said during Tuesday's Public Safety meeting. The trail cleanup was supervised by Tracy Zents and Jefferson County Emergency Services.

February 7th

PennDOT gives initial OK to lower speed limit on Indiana Hill

February 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PennDOT District 10-0 has granted tentative approval for Punxsutawney Borough Council to lower the speed limit to 35 mph from 45 mph on Route 119 (Indiana Hill).

Tuesday, during a meeting of council’s Public Safety Committee, Borough Manager Ben White said last year, council requested that PennDOT perform a traffic study on Route 119 between the bridge over Mahoning Creek to the bridge over the Mahoning Shadow Trail, so the speed limit could be changed from 45 mph to 35 mph, in order to transition to the 25 mph speed zone.

Commission rep says human services could be hurt under proposed budget

February 7, 2012

BROOKVILLE — As Gov. Tom Corbett delivered his budget proposal Tuesday, Doug Hill, the executive director for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) predicts the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 to be a “watershed budget.”

The state is anticipating a $500 million deficit resulting from the current fiscal year, which could call for a complete restructuring of programs.

February 6th

Groundhog Day 2012: Much better than 2011, Deeley says

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After months of planning and weeks of preparation, it’s hard to believe that Groundhog Day is over for another year.

Bill Deeley, Inner Circle president, is citing 2012 as a huge success compared to 2011.

“It’s amazing, the difference of the weather being 25 degrees warmer, no snow to move around and no ice to contend with will do for attendance,” he said.

Rural environment a bit different than new PCS administrator’s last school

February 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and that’s something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.

“I’m amazed by the behavior of the kids,” said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCS’ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. “They are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.”

That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.

February 5th

Weekend brings car fire, car into Mahoning Creek

February 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Fire Department responded to two emergency calls that were reported at the same time at 3:22 a.m. Saturday.

Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company was the recipient of both calls, a car fire at a residence along Route 310, Young Township, Harmony, and a car that was driven into the Mahoning Creek at the Route 310 and Route 119 intersection.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith ordered Elk Run to go to the car fire and Central Fire Department to respond to the car into the creek.

Other school districts looking to Punxsy for technology tips

February 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Don't take the 21st Century Learning Initiative and One to One Computing for granted in the Punxsutawney Area School District — especially after seeing how some other, larger school districts don't have the advantage of a technology program like Punxsy’s.

Way Back When

February 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)

Stahle Took the Property

February 3rd

GREETINGS FROM GROUNDHOG DAY 2012

February 3, 2012

Inner Circle members gaze upon the fireworks display that dazzled the crowd Thursday morning at Gobbler’s Knob just before Punxsy Phil’s prognostication. (Photo by Alan Freed)

Lily’s celebrates fifth anniversary in business with cake for loyal customers

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Opening a restaurant is no easy task, but that didn’t stop Lillian Cameron.

And Jan. 31, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business, Lily’s Restaurant, Bakery & Deli, by handing out pieces of cake to customers.

“It took a lot of hard work, dedication,” Cameron said. “I’m happy to be here. I hope I’m here for 25 more years.”

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