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February 18th

Memorial bench coming to Patsy’s Park

February 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At last week’s Borough Council meeting, its members changed course on a proposal by Drinda Smith to place a memorial bench in Barclay Square and instead authorized Smith to proceed with having one placed in Patsy’s Park.

The bench was requested by Drinda Smith in memory of Joel Riggleman, Dylan Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey and was approved.

Toby Santik, council member, said he had communicated council's decision to Smith via test message that it would not allow the bench to be in Barclay Square but would allow it in Patsy's Park.

February 17th

Coroner: 2 dead, 2 injured in Young Township fire

February 17, 2013

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said two people perished in a mobile home fire late Friday night in Young Township.

The victims have been identified as 9-year-old Michael Jerome Collier, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, and 50-year-old Vickie Milliron of Claridge, who was visiting at the residence.

Baker said two other persons were injured in the fire and transported by emergency helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Baker had no information on their conditions.

A heARTfelt farewell: PAHS teacher retiring after 38 years

February 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There's a saying, "art for art's sake," which would aptly describe Nancy Jones, who retired Friday as an art teacher at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) after 38-and-a-half years of teaching students not just art, but also digital photography.

"Actually this year, it's 111 days that I've taught art, and the reason that is interesting is my classroom number is 111," Jones said, adding that this is the only school district she has taught art in throughout her career.

Jones said she also has taught dance, which she began when she was in high school.

Way Back When

February 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
February 3, 1897

Found Frozen
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.

February 15th

Penn State Cooperative Extension welcomes new board members, honors exiting ones

February 15, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Penn State Cooperative Extension’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.

DAR-sponsored Bloodmobile coming to SS.C.D. Tuesday

February 15, 2013

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.

National Restaurant Association names Man of the Year Anthony to Pizza Industry Council

February 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

February 14th

Borough Council follows school board’s lead, votes to adjust tax collector rates

February 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 VFD opens its heart to those in its service area in honor of Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

BIG RUN — The members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company want to say “thank you” 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.

From Mapleview, with love, on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

Mapleview Elementary School students were encouraged to wear Valentine’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.

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