Archive - 2012 - News Article
Say! What is that white material on this Phantastic Phil!â€™s paws, nose and top hat? Oh yes, itâ€™s snow, as evidenced by flurries Wednesday, almost a week after Punxsutawney Philâ€™s prognostication of six more weeks of winter. And some people thought Punxsy Philâ€™s Groundhog Day prediction was off the mark. Well, turns out he was right again â€” as usual! (Photo by Dan Long)
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€”There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday near Nelsonâ€™s Mini-Mart on Route 119 north, Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by Elise V. Butler, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 when traffic was stopped ahead, and she struck the rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Leonard T. Lang, Rochester Mills.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 councilâ€™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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 â€śwatershed budget.â€ť
The state is anticipating a $500 million deficit resulting from the current fiscal year, which could call for a complete restructuring of programs.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After months of planning and weeks of preparation, itâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™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,â€ť he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and thatâ€™s something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.
â€śIâ€™m amazed by the behavior of the kids,â€ť said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCSâ€™ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. â€śThey are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.â€ť
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Don't take the 21st Century Learning Initiative and One to One Computing for granted in the Punxsutawney Area School District â€” especially after seeing how some other, larger school districts don't have the advantage of a technology program like Punxsyâ€™s.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
Stahle Took the Property