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Punxsutawney School Board President Conrad discusses settled teacher contract

March 31, 2013

Last week, The Spirit's Larry McGuire sat down with Gary Conrad to discuss the recently finalized contract between the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA).

For the interview, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

DaFEAT gearing up for Autism Awareness Month events

March 31, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — What is Autism? That is the question that runs through the minds of many individuals.

And the answer is: autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are terms for a complex neurological disorder that is characterized by communication difficulties, social impairment and repetitive behaviors.

Children who are autistic may have difficulties with motor coordination or attention span, have trouble sleeping and potty training and have intellectual disabilities.

DAR honors winners of Good Citizenship, history essay awards

March 31, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently named a pair of essay winners — PAHS senior Alexa Shaffer for the DAR Good Citizen Award and SS.C.D. School seventh-grader Kaitlin Nicole Doverspike for the DAR American History Essay Contest.

According to the letter read at the presentation, Shaffer's involvement in a number of community extends from school to church to community and made her an excellent choice for a "Good Citizen."

March 28th

Community Action, Inc. taking action in the fight against homelessness, seeking community’s help

March 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY —  What would you do if you or someone you loved suddenly became homeless? Where would you turn? Where would you go?
These are the questions that are often asked when someone becomes homeless.

The definition of an unsheltered homeless person is "one who resides in a place not meant for human habitation, such as parks, cars, sidewalks, abandoned buildings or on the street." When one thinks of someone who is homeless, he or she often pictures them as being dirty and dressed in rags. However, that isn't always the case.

Honoring a Fallen Soldier

March 28, 2013

People line the streets of DuBois to honor fallen soldier Josh Martino today, March 28, 2013.

March 27th

Get your Sneakers ready: Run/Walk for Someone Special coming up soon

March 27, 2013

Spring is a season of hope, and for avid runners and walkers in the area, the Run/Walk for Someone Special event is a chance to support a great cause.

The event will be held on April 7 in Sykesville with registration at 1:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The race will begin at 3 p.m.

Robindale Energy is sponsoring the event, and all proceeds stay local and will benefit children and adults with special needs through the Arc of Clearfield/Jefferson counties and Camp Friendship.

PennDOT presents potential plans for Margiotti Bridge

March 27, 2013

The Margiotti Bridge on Route 436 is scheduled to be replaced due to the cracks in the pillars beneath the bridge, one of which is pictured here.

A public display of the plans for replacement was held Wednesday
at the Alliance Church.

Work begins on SR 310 bridge replacement project

March 27, 2013

INDIANA – On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett, PennDOT announced Wednesday that the bridges on Route 310 in Young Township will be replaced.

The residents of Young Township and motorists who travel on Route 310
will benefit from the replacement of two structurally deficient bridges in Jefferson County.

The Harmony No. 1 bridge over Elk Run, built in 1925, carries approximately 3,520 vehicles per day and will be replaced with a steel girder bridge.

March 26th

Butler County Community College to bring campus to Brockway

March 26, 2013

BROCKWAY — The staff of Butler County Community College (BC3) visited Brockway Area High School to announce that it will be bringing a campus to Jefferson County in Brockway.

"Butler County Community College was the first community college in Western Pennsylvania, and, therefore, we are the pioneers," said Susan Changnon, director of communications and marketing at BC3, who introduced the speakers for the day. "And so, today, I'm thinking, we're still pioneering."

Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Cleanup continues after diesel spill

March 26, 2013

Tuesday, workers continued to clean up property along Route 119 in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, following a diesel spill on Monday.

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