Archive - 2013 - News Article
(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.)
February 3, 1897
John Barr, aged fifty years, while driving home in a sled last Friday night, lost his way in the woods near Glen Hazel, Elk County, and froze to death.
He was found the next morning lying face downward, in which position he had fallen when the sled struck a stump and held the team.
ROSEVILLE â€” Penn State Cooperative Extensionâ€™s Jefferson County Extension held its annual dinner at the Roseville Grange and elected four people to its extension board for 2013.
Don Tanner, extension director, honored two people who are coming off the board; Michel Pifer, president; and Louise Christofor, treasurer.
Tanner said he will miss their services on the board and asked that they would keep the extension in mind to serve again in the future.
He then presented both of them with certificates of service.
The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR) are sponsoring a Bloodmobile to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the SS.C.D. Auditorium.
Laudrea Frampton, DAR chaplain and Red Cross bloodmobile chair, said due to the recent storms in the northeast, many blood drives were cancelled, leaving the blood supply at an all time low.
She said it is important that all healthy individuals donate.
Donors may make appointments at: redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
All blood types are needed.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's been a busy month for Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney.
First, he was named Man of the Year at the Groundhog Banquet on Feb. 1, and now, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) has appointed him to the first Pizza Industry Council.
Anthony said the NRA is a non-profit organization that represents restaurants across the country and educates the public regarding food safety.
The 14 members will serve as the primary advocate for the pizza industry, he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to change the tax collector compensation at a special meeting held Thursday.
Prior to the vote by council, Punxsutawney Borough Tax Collector Susan Mitchell said in a statement:
"It's a bit disheartening to realize that my hard work and dedication to my job is not appreciated. I have never received an unfavorable report from any taxing district or auditor. My records have balanced to the penny the entire time I have been in office."
BIG RUN â€” The members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company want to say â€śthank youâ€ť this weekend for all the help they've received in fund-
raising this past year with a free breakfast to be served at the fire hall on Saturday.
Rick Smith, Big Run Fire Company vice president, said that the free breakfasts that have been held in the past have been for Santa Claus and the kids.
"This one we're holding on Saturday, we decided to do something for the the real supporters of the fire company," Smith said, adding that the fire company had a really good year fundraising in 2012.
Mapleview Elementary School students were encouraged to wear Valentineâ€™s Day-themed attire to school Thursday in order to earn money for their classroom from PTO.
Pictured here are (front, from left) Kaylin Smith, Abby E. Smith, Kira Haught, Charlie Compton, Abby C. Smith, Jaimie Sierzega, Laci Lingenfelter; (back) Emma Dale, Kayla Pearce, Jaide Stockdale, Kaylee Smith, Maggie Aul, David Kunselman, Emmalee Heckendorn
and Grace Hayes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the school year begins to wind down, the PAHS Drama Club is hard at work as it prepares to perform its last play of the school year.
The title of the play is "The High Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy," and it is written by Brian Starchman. The play is a comedy about four 7th graders who are about to embark on the journey of beginning high school.
The night before school is set to begin, they are visited by a couple of guides who show them how to go about surviving at the high school level.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A much-needed upgrade to the Horatio Street Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad crossing was approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at Monday's voting meeting.
"PennDOT is filing an application with the PUC for the approval to upgrade the railroad flashing lights (currently there are none) and circuitry where Horatio Street Crosses, at grade, the single track owned by B&P Railroad," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
INDIANA â€” In a follow-up to the death of a Glen Campbell man on Friday evening, Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said that toxicology tests will likely be the deciding factors in determining the cause of death of 28-year-old Christopher Brandner, whose frozen body was discovered Friday evening in a vacant lot in Glen Campbell borough.
The coroner, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police and the Indiana County District Attorney investigated at the scene of the death.