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May 16th

Officials looking into West End Elementary traffic congestion

May 16, 2013

Travis Monroe, West End Elementary School principal; Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent; and Fedigan are pictured discussing an alternate exit from the school onto McHugh Avenue.

PennDOT issues update for work at intersetion of routes 119 & 322 in Sandy Township

May 16, 2013

DUBOIS — Work to improve the Route 119/322 "Blinker Parkway" intersection in Sandy Township is continuing with an update. When work completes late this year, area drivers will be able to travel through a wider intersection with improved visibility and enhanced safety.

For the time being, drivers can expect:

• Roadway widening, excavation and drainage work to continue;

• Temporary signals are operational and old signals have been removed;

• Utility relocation work will continue.

May 14th

PAHS’ Weather Capital Robotics Club turning heads, battling bots and earning accolades

May 14, 2013

Members of the Weather Capital Robotics Club are shown with “War Monger," their machine that finished second out of 54 teams at California University of Pennsylvania and the BOTS IQ program.

Pictured here are (front, from left) Linsie Adams, Bobby Dicello, Jacob Cekovsky, Renee Huey, Lana Malia, Devan Snyder, Patrick McGinn; (second row) Jakob Coalmer, Marshall Richardson, Ryder Smith; (back) and Keith Hughes. Missing from the photo are Alex Farmery, Kali Wobert, Dillon Huey, Chris Rosetti, Jesse Malia and Kaelee Wyant.

Council tables request for new hoops

May 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council tabled the request for new basketball hoops, backboards and posts for the basketball courts at Harmon Field at Monday's council meeting.

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

Chamber Director Lellock changing hats, search for new director to begin

May 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Jeff Curtis, president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has announced that the Chamber’s executive director has resigned to take a position at another local establishment.

Marlene Lellock has accepted the newly-created position as executive director of the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Screen-free fun always available throughout town

May 14, 2013

A cupcake parade was held recently at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library as a part of Screen-Free Week.

Local organizations held indoor and outdoor activities for children, in the hopes of giving them the opportunity to be more active.

The purpose of Screen-Free Week was to get kids away from televisions, computers and iPad screens — a mission that lasts far beyond one week a year.

Pictured here is 6-year-old Rayven Welch (left), as she decorates a paper cupcake alongside Jennifer Soliday, children's activities director of the library.

May 13th

Sportsburg recycling site to close

May 13, 2013

This recycling site in Sportsburg is slated to close July 1.

Donna Cooper, solid waste/recycling coordinator for the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, announced the closure last week at the Young Township supervisors’ meeting.

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

Police chief addresses recent burglaries

May 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At Monday’s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council had Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan read a letter that he submitted to council detailing how the burglary investigations are progressing.

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

Area foster parents honored at banquet

May 13, 2013

Foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized Monday night at the Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner held at the Anchor Inn in Punxsy.

COMMUNITY FOCUS THANKS ORGANIZATIONS THAT BENEFIT STUDENTS

May 13, 2013

It's the season of giving back to those who help with the education system.

Jeff Kuntz, chairperson of the Community Focus Committee, presented checks to eight individuals, who accepted them on behalf of the organizations they represent.

Checks are distributed through the Punxsutawney Education System several times a year and give money to organizations from which students benefit.

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