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April 8th

Post 62 essay winners thankful for their freedoms

April 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The John Jacob Fisher American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62 recently sponsored an essay contest titled “What Freedom Do I Enjoy Most?” Two hundred eighteen students from the Punxsutawney Area schools, SS.C.D. School and the Punxsutawney Christian School submitted essays.

Fourteen winners were chosen by Unit 62, and five first-place winners were sent on to the American Legion Auxiliary Council for further judging.

April 7th

Run/Walk for Someone Special raises over $63,000 for Camp Friendship

April 7, 2013

SYKESVILLE — One of Jefferson County's first weekends of sunny and temperate spring weather arrived just in time for the 34th Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special event in Sykesville, which raises money each year for The Arc of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties' Camp Friendship program.

This year’s total was $63,400, including money from a Saturday night Zumbathon and Sunday food sales, raffles, donations and sponser money turned in.

BATTLING BAIR ROAD BRUSH FIRE

April 7, 2013

Members of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company are pictured with their brush truck after having extinguished a brush fire with Central Fire Department at 4:02 p.m. Saturday, at 2396 Bair Road in Bell Township.

Earlier, at 12:48 p.m., Central and Elk Run, with assistance from McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company, extinguished a brush fire near the Anita Community Cemetery located in Young Township.

Way Back When

April 7, 2013

(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 28, 1897

A Day in School

Instead of two hundred there should have been five hundred visitors to the public schools last Friday.

April 5th

Punxsy Phil's Bad Rap inspires rap song

April 5, 2013

Punxsutawney — This past month saw Punxsy’s very own beloved groundhog, Phil, in the spotlight once again. With the harsh winter
dragging on, poor Phil became the target of a frustrated fan.

Though he had a suit tossed at him, he managed to make it through without any charges being pressed — with a little help from one of his closest friends, Bill Deeley, president of the Groundhog Club.

That time in the spotlight has garnered Phil a great deal of attention, and now he has a song and music video dedicated in his honor.

Police seek suspect in N. Jefferson St. stabbing

April 5, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police continue to search for the suspect in an assault that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m Thursday along North Jefferson Street in Punxsutawney.

Police are searching for a white male, between the age of 20 and 30, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, who was wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans and possibly operating, or a passenger inside of, a gray vehicle with an unknown registration, said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.

Elk Run, Central battle brush fire; Chief says conditions not right for burning

April 5, 2013

BELL TOWNSHIP — Windy and dry conditions have prompted a red flag warning for brush fires across the Jefferson County Area.

The National Weather Service says gusty winds, along with humidity levels as low as 20 percent, mean there is a "great potential" for wildfires in the area throughout the day, along with the possibility that any blazes that do start could easily spread.

A good sign of spring: Big Run peepers peep

April 5, 2013

BIG RUN — First-year frogcaster Jeff London has reported that the tiny peeper frogs began to sing in the Big Run Swamp at 2:10 p.m. on Friday.

London said that was their first look through the ice, and they have two
more to go before spring settles in for good.

London had predicted earlier in the week that it wasn't going to occur until Friday or today.

Up until this year, April 2 was the latest the tiny frogs had peeped, but now, the new longest record is established
as April 5.

April 4th

Punxsutawney man airlifted after Summit Road rollover

April 4, 2013

A Punxsutawney man was injured late Thursday afternoon after he lost
control of his 1987 Chevy S10 on Summit Road.

The vehicle rolled over on to its roof, causing disabling damage.

The man was transported via ambulance to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, from which he was then flown via helicopter to a trauma center.

McCalmont Township Fire Department and Punxsutawney State Police responded to the scene.

Police release names, file charges in November egging incident

April 4, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have released one name and filed charges related to a series of egging incidents that occurred between the dates of Nov. 17 and 18, 2012.

The incidents occurred in McCalmont Township, Young Township, Perry Township, Big Run Borough, Sykesville Borough, Reynoldsville Borough and Punxsutawney Borough in Jefferson County; Canoe Township, Banks Township, Montgomery Township and Burnside Borough in Indiana County; and DuBois City and Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

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