Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library has begun planning for new renovations they hope to start in March of this year.
Partnering with the Punxsy Borough Council, the library applied for the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Program for Public Library Facilities.
On Feb. 16, the facility was approved for the grant â€” in the amount of $60,000 â€” and the plans are now being put together.
The cost for construction is anticipated to come in at around $120,000, so the grant is essential in successfully completing the renovation.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Civil Service Commission held its reorganizational meeting on Monday at the Mahoning East Civic Center.
Rich Alexander, commission chairperson, welcomed new member Ed Boston, who was appointed at last week's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting to replace Bill Leiberton, who resigned from the commission.
Boston was sworn in by Mary Neal, borough secretary, prior to the beginning of the meeting.
Boston made a motion to appoint Mike Ruffner as the chairperson of Civil Service, which was seconded by Alexander and approved.
For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year â€” time for distribution of Girl Scout Cookies.
In this photo from Saturday, Troop 20293 helps sort the Girl Scout cookies
that have been delivered to the Punxsutawney area.
If you havenâ€™t ordered your cookies and would like to, please contact Diane Oswalt at 938-3584.
You may also check http://www.gswpa.org/ for dates and times of cookie booth sales that will be held in the area.
BIG RUN â€” At its most recent meeting Monday evening, Big Run Council changed a resolution it had voted on at an earlier meeting regarding what animals borough residents are allowed to keep on their property.
Tony Adamczyk, Big Run resident, requested that council change Ordinance No. 221 regarding which animals are permitted for borough residents to harbor on their property.
Adamczyk said that he listened to the tape of the borough council
meeting during which the new ordinance was approved, and there appeared to be confusion by some members of council regarding what they voted for.
Two bands recently came together to hold a benefit concert for a pair of worthy charities in the Punxsutawney area.
Ridinâ€™ Shotgun and 4 Way held the concert at the Rossiter Legion Post 582, and Post 582 matched the $500 made at the concert for a total donation of $1,000 to the First Church of God Food Pantry.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At last weekâ€™s Borough Council meeting, its members changed course on a proposal by Drinda Smith to place a memorial bench in Barclay Square and instead authorized Smith to proceed with having one placed in Patsyâ€™s Park.
The bench was requested by Drinda Smith in memory of Joel Riggleman, Dylan Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey and was approved.
Toby Santik, council member, said he had communicated council's decision to Smith via test message that it would not allow the bench to be in Barclay Square but would allow it in Patsy's Park.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said two people perished in a mobile home fire late Friday night in Young Township.
The victims have been identified as 9-year-old Michael Jerome Collier, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, and 50-year-old Vickie Milliron of Claridge, who was visiting at the residence.
Baker said two other persons were injured in the fire and transported by emergency helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Baker had no information on their conditions.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There's a saying, "art for art's sake," which would aptly describe Nancy Jones, who retired Friday as an art teacher at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) after 38-and-a-half years of teaching students not just art, but also digital photography.
"Actually this year, it's 111 days that I've taught art, and the reason that is interesting is my classroom number is 111," Jones said, adding that this is the only school district she has taught art in throughout her career.
Jones said she also has taught dance, which she began when she was in high school.
(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.)
February 3, 1897
John Barr, aged fifty years, while driving home in a sled last Friday night, lost his way in the woods near Glen Hazel, Elk County, and froze to death.
He was found the next morning lying face downward, in which position he had fallen when the sled struck a stump and held the team.
ROSEVILLE â€” Penn State Cooperative Extensionâ€™s Jefferson County Extension held its annual dinner at the Roseville Grange and elected four people to its extension board for 2013.
Don Tanner, extension director, honored two people who are coming off the board; Michel Pifer, president; and Louise Christofor, treasurer.
Tanner said he will miss their services on the board and asked that they would keep the extension in mind to serve again in the future.
He then presented both of them with certificates of service.