Archive - 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The residents of a house on Pine Street in Punxsutawney barely escaped with their lives when their house was completely destroyed by a quickly spreading structure fire at 7:28 a.m. on Saturday.
Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said when firefighters from Central, Lindsey and Elk Run arrived on scene at the home owned by Kimberly L. Stormer, 41, at 331 Pine St., it was fully involved with flames and heavy smoke showing.
(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.)
November 3, 1897
The Waverly Hotel
The Waverly Hotel is being remodeled and enlarged, and when these improvements are completed will be of the most commodious hotels in town.
Saturday, Community Action, Inc., held a kickoff event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign at Femco Machine, the location of the gingerbread house.
As the official drop-off site, the gingerbread house was visited by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who gave treats to visiting children.
Hot dogs, cookies, cocoa and coffee was available to those who stopped by.
Four fire companies battled a fully involved house fire at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday on Pine Street in Punxsutawney. Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsutawney Mayor Jim Wehrle (third from left) presents a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Native Americans throughout the history of Punxsutawney.
Pictured (from left) are Santana Olp, DAR recording secretary; Connie Mateer, DAR Native American chairperson; Wehrle; and Joan Miller Olp, DAR regent.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center recently held a special ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor and memory of former Punxsutawney mayor, the late John Hallman, whose handprints were all over the planning and coming about of the center as it was.
Members of the centerâ€™s Board of Directors and Hallmanâ€™s family members were on hand, as well.
Pictured (from left) are Jack Lingenfelter, board member; Garry Hallman and Marcia Botelho, Johnâ€™s children; Nancy Hallman, Johnâ€™s wife; Janet Geer, Dennis Hallman and David Hallman, Johnâ€™s children; and Howard Beezer, board member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Giving 41 years of one's life to anything these days stands out as a great achievement, and one local man â€” Punxsutawney's own Master Sgt. Bill Foster â€” recently retired after dedicating just more than 41 years of service to the military and the local community through his involvement in the Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Colleen Schott.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Colleen Schott is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as a kindhearted volunteer who has rung the bell for the Salvation Army.
Though she may not work right in town, she certainly makes an impact on the lives of those who need guidance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There's soon to be a new mayor in town, as Republican Richard Alexander was elected mayor in Tuesday's general election.
Mayor-elect Alexander said in an interview that running for mayor has been a good experience for him.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
A crane from Smith Hauling Inc. is pictured lifting up a hopper train car which had become derailed and lost its rear wheels after jumping the track on Tuesday evening.
For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.