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Borough employees given hands-on training on defensive driving through grant

July 31, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — They say in sports that good defense will stop good offense every time, and the same can be said for driving, too.
That's why Punxsutawney Borough held a defensive driving course on Wednesday in the parking lot located in front of Jack F. LaMarca Stadium at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief, said that last year, he applied for a grant with the borough's insurance company, Penn Prime, for the defensive driving course.

July 30th

A long-standing tradition: SS.C.D. Lawn Festival returns to town this weekend

July 30, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For 74 years, the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church has followed a tradition that has brought not only members of the parish together but also members of the community — the Annual SS.C.D. lawn festival.

A fixture of the community since 1886, the church is rich with history. The lawn festival began in 1939, when the Catholic Daughters of the Americas ladies wanted to have a social for the parish,

July 29th

It’s official: Sawmill Run Bridge closed to traffic

July 29, 2013

After weeks of waiting the Sawmill Run bridge located on West Mahoning Street (Route 36) was finally closed to traffic on Monday morning, following weeks of delays due to utility relocation issues. The road is closed between the intersections of Walnut Street and Foundry Street for the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 36 over Sawmill Run.
A detour is in place using Route 436 and Route 119. This detour will be in place until November 2013. The $1,091,540 bridge replacement project is being constructed by M & B Services, LLC of Clarion.

Bikers’ ride to provide funding to benefit Clearfield/Jefferson County Suicide Prevention Team, Inc.

July 29, 2013

DUBOIS — When Dianna Helt lost her son, Paul Bair Jr., in 2011 to suicide, she was consumed with grief. But as time went on, she felt a desire to help others who were suffering a similar kind of grief.

Helt is the Chapter Products Officer of the Jefferson County A.B.A.T.E. of PA, Chapter No. 14, District 5, which stands for "Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education."

A.B.A.T.E. is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change, public education and charitable works.

July 28th

Rain clouds chased away, as Church in the Park goes off as planned

July 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once again, those in attendance felt that God was watching over this year's Church in the Park celebration by disposing of the rain in time for the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday in Barclay Square.

For a full story on the event, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

State, Borough Police respond to alleged aggravated assault

July 28, 2013

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police with assistance from Punxsutawney Borough Police, investigated an alleged aggravated assault that occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday at a camper located at 503 Elderberry Hill Rd., Bell Township. According to police, they are investigating a domestic dispute involving a firearm between Peter C. Parente, 50, and a 31-year-old female. Charges have been filed at district court against Parente for aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The investigation is ongoing.

July 26th

Punxsy native conducting research study on local speech, participants needed

July 26, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Does your grass need cut or does it need to be cut? Is there a difference? There is, and it's one that a Punxsutawney native and linguist is eager to study.

Derry Moore is so interested in the roots of language and its usage that he is conducting a research project in the local area as he pursues his doctorate in linguistics at the University at Buffalo — SUNY, in Buffalo, N.Y.

He is looking for 40 residents in the Punxsutawney area — including Rossiter, Anita, Big Run, etc. — between the ages of 30 and 55 to participate in his research project (see below for details).

Burkett: PA Supreme Court upholds murder conviction, death penatly for Rega

July 26, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld, for the second time, the murder conviction and death penalty of Robert Gene Rega for the killing of Christopher Lauth, the former night watchman at the Gateway Lodge.

Burkett tried and convicted Rega in June of 2002 for the slaying of Lauth, as well as for robbery and other crimes.

After a sentencing hearing, the jury held that Rega’s crimes warranted death.

Rega then began a lengthy appeal process.

TWO-VEHICLE WRECK IN BIG RUN

July 26, 2013

A two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. Friday on Route 119 in Big Run, when a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck driven by Lorie A. Lennox, 43, of Big Run, was stopped in the northbound travel lane on Route 119 with an activated left turn signal, waiting to make a turn onto Smyers Street, and it was struck from behind by a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Cammy M. Wardell, 36, of Big Run, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said both vehicles were removed from the travel lanes onto Smyers Street.

July 25th

Fezell’s County Market marks 30 years in business

July 25, 2013

The employees and managers of Fezell's County Market in Punxsy have been busy preparing the store's 30th Anniversary celebration.

Pictured in front of the store in the Groundhog Plaza are (listed with their positions and their total years of service, front, from left) Denise Smith, office manager, 29 years; Kaye Brestovich, service desk, 25 years; Heather Hicks, cashier, 18 years; Michelle Shugarts, receiving, 19 years; Patricia G. Fisher, scanning coordinator, 9 years; Judy Jordan, store manager, 9 years; Bob Shemuha, meat cutter, 22 years; George Rumbaugh, meat cutter, 20 years;

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