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March 17th

Peepers’ Banquet pays tribute to London

March 17, 2013

BIG RUN — It seemed as if it was the same as it always was, but somehow it was different, as Big Run's "Frogman," the late John London, was honored at Sunday's Big Run Peepers’ Banquet.

"Tonight, we will not be honoring a man or a woman Citizen of the Year, but, instead, we will be honoring John H. London, commonly known as the 'Frogman,'" said Joe Buterbaugh, Big Run mayor.

Weekend wrecks cause rollovers but spare injuries

March 17, 2013

Sate police responded to a rollover accidents that occurred in McCalmont Township Saturday.

Borough police also responded to a rollover wreck Saturday on Park Avenue.

No injuries were reported, but both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene.

Way Back When

March 17, 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
March 24, 1897

In Doubt of Their Man
A man supposed to be Jacob Bookamire, who is charged with the murder of William Cunningham, in Banks township, Indiana county, March 16, 1894, was captured at Bolivar, Westmoreland county, on March 20, and placed in the Indiana jail.

March 15th

Work to begin Monday on Route 3011 (Knoxdale Road) railroad overpass removal in Jefferson Co.

March 15, 2013

KNOX TOWNSHIP — PennDOT District 10 is advising motorists that the railroad overpass on Route 3011 (Knoxdale Road) in Knox Township will be removed.

Work includes removing the exiting overpass carrying the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad over Route 3011 between T-405 (Bellport Road) and T-841 (Ramseytown Road).

Beginning, Monday, March 18, at 7 a.m., Route 3011 will closed to traffic and a posted detour will be in place.

The detour will use T-841 and T-405.

PennDOT: Work to begin Monday on Route 119 Elk Run Bridge in Jefferson Co.

March 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Residents of Punxsutawney and motorists who travel on Route 119 will benefit by the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 119 over Elk Run in Jefferson County.

This structurally deficient bridge was built in 1929 and carries 11,607 vehicles per day.

Beginning the week of March 18, daylight flagging operations will be in place on Route 119 between Clark Street and Orchard Street. Congestion and delays are possible in the work zone area; please be patient and allow extra time for your travel.

PAHS hosting Silver Ring Thing Rewind Tour today

March 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Instead of a dead ringer, you can be a live ringer if you attend the The Silver Ring Thing (SRT) Rewind Tour to be held at 7 p.m. today at Punxsutawney Area High School Auditorium.

Silver Ring Thing is a powerful youth event that defies the norms of culture and inspires students to a pure life centered in Jesus Christ, said Mike Hammer, First Church of God Youth pastor.

"Several area churches are hosting the REWIND Tour — challenging students to live for more than just the moment and begin with the end in mind," Hammer said.

IRISH EYES ARE SMILIN’ EARLY

March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, and those at the Pine Street Senior Center celebrated early on Thursday with a party that included great food and some bingo.

The event was coordinated by Mindy Grose, the new senior center director.

Grose started her new position just three weeks ago after working for 20 years at a retirement community, in Wisconsin.

The Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Albion Heights UMC welcomes new pastor

March 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are a lot of part-time jobs you could apply for if you're looking to make some extra cash, but a part-time job as a pastor is more complicated than most.

Tom Krishart is the new pastor at the Albion Heights United Methodist Church, as of March 1.

"I'm considered part-time with a minimum salary, and I'm a full-time

March 14th

London’s family carries on the peeper tradition after his passing

March 14, 2013

BIG RUN — In case you haven't been paying attention, it is almost time for spring to arrive, an occasion that is always trumpeted by the Big Run peepers (frogs).

This year, the peepers are lonely and sad, as their best friend and legendary peeper watcher, John London, passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at his home.

The good news is that his son, Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet, said that he will carry on the family tradition of charting and cataloging the escapades and the sounds that the tiny frogs make to announce the beginning of spring.

A job well done: Mulberry Square given three awards

March 14, 2013

The Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center was recently named the recipient of three different awards — Excellence in Caregiving, Distinguished Service Award and Excellence in Leadership.

Mulberry celebrated with an employee recognition luncheon as a big thank you to all of the employees.

Pictured (from left) are Tina Wonderling, employee; Lois Puharic, employee; Tammy Hawk, employee; Karen Brown, administrator; Angella Tilman, employee; Melissa Fulmer, employee; and Jennifer Poltrack, admissions and marketing director.

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