Archive - Apr 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ The month of April is perhaps best known as the beginning of spring, but for children across the country, it also marks something much more important â National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month came to be in the early 80s, when Congress began to recognize the devastating rate at which children were being abused and neglected.
Minor injuries were suffered in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:05 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Snyder Hill Road and Route 119.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a Dodge Neon driven by James Downey, 26, of Kane, was traveling north on Route 119 when a Buick driven by Claire Schrock, 95, Valier, turned in front of Downey, causing a two-vehicle collision in the intersection.
Police said Downey's vehicle was towed from the scene by South Side Service, and Schrock's vehicle was able to be driven.
A Chamber of Commerce Mixer was held Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
The event gave members of the Chamber a chance to mingle with the medical and senior administrative team of the hospital.
It was also an opportunity for the general public to meet some new healthcare providers and to learn about the services that are currently offered.
Matt Kengersky, chairman of the hospital board (left), chats with John âButchâ Prushnok (middle) and Daniel D. Blough, CEO.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With spring finally here, the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. is looking for volunteers to come out this Saturday to help clean up the trail.
"We hope to see every trail user come out to help," said Matt Taladay, president of the Rails-to-Trails Association, adding that the trail would not exist without volunteer help.
The Mahoning Shadow Trail is a 15.2-mile trail that stretches from Valier to Hudson.
Individuals can access the trail at a variety of spots, including the Indiana Street location, Sportsburg, Cloe, Fordham Trailhead and others.
CREATE Brookville has opened a new exhibit at the CREATE Cafe on Main Street in Brookville.
The exhibit highlights the artwork of Brandi Elkin, who is from the Punxsutawney area.
The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of April.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just what you've been waiting for: warm springtime weather so you can hit the highway and travel throughout the area without having to worry about snow and snow plows.
But now, those plows have been replaced with rather large farm equipment that may be traveling not only the back roads, but the main highways too.
That's why the Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Day at Fezell's County Market Tuesday to bring awareness to the need for caution.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Nestled in the middle of town is a small and cozy book store that is open to book lovers of all kinds. Though it sometimes would be easy for it to go unnoticed, it will make its presence known Friday.
For the full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
ANITA â If you're having trouble navigating your way around the "Weather Capital of the World," instead of checking Google Maps, you can ask the students in Cheri Barenchik's second-grade class at Parkview Elementary School in Anita.
The students once again have created a mini display of Punxsutawney from shoeboxes, said Barenchik, adding that each student has to take a little car and give her directional words on how to travel around from place to place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the arrival of spring comes those wonderful warm nights where one can look at the stars in the sky.
Thursday, you can see stars much closer to earth at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which will host, for the second year, First Church of Godâs "Brighter Than the Stars."
The doors will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Punxsutawney
Memorial Library, and there will be refreshments and live music.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Perhaps the hardest thing for a wife and mother to do is to learn that her husband has been in a horrible accident. Even more terrifying is hearing that the accident has left him in such a state
that he has to be flown to a hospital for treatment.
For Crystal Wooten, that nightmare became a reality on March 10, when her husband, Dustin, was in a ATV accident near Glen Campbell.
Dustin was flown via helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital with head and brain injuries.