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.)
January 20, 1897
THE B. R. & P. COâ€™S CHARTER
An attempt of an Oil City Man to Have it Revoked
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of flags and veteran memorial rods stolen from the Banner Ridge Cemetery in Mahaffey, Clearfield County.
Police said unknown actor(s) removed five U.S. flags â€” each of which was held with an 18-inch solid brass rod with a plate designating the wars in which the deceased had served, including the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam.
The incident occurred at the cemetery sometime between 7 a.m. Dec. 15 and 7 a.m. Dec. 25.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pennsylvania American Water (PAW) is riding the wave of the future with its CNG vehicles.
Local officials joined with Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Sam Smith and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials Friday at PAW's Punxsutawney office to mark the companyâ€™s launch of a compressed natural gas (CNG) pilot program for its vehicle fleet.
Friday, the company displayed four new CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks at its kickoff event â€” a fleet that will be piloted in Punxsutawney and Coatesville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A fourth-grade student at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) finished third nationwide in the Samsung Superhero Contest.
"This is Madame Marie Curie, alias Lizzie Neal, a gifted student who used her technology skills, learned mostly in Scott Sallack's technology class, to enter the contest put on by Samsung," said Cindy Taylor, sixth-grade English and gifted teacher at the middle school, at Wednesday's Punxsutawney Area School Board committee meeting.
Taylor said the contest was open to all students across the United States, grades K-12.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The old saying goes that one life touches another, and that has proven true for a dearly departed student whose legacy continues to live on long after her passing.
In 1987, Polly Hallman was just beginning her sophomore year when she sadly passed away. Her classmates were stricken with grief, but also determined to do something in her memory.
Since Polly loved to volunteer and help out her community, her classmates decided to band together and establish a scholarship in her honor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The words "the carnival is in town" will likely not be heard for the first time in many years in Punxsutawney the week before the Fourth of July, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department has announced it is unable to contract a company for this year.
"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that there will be no carnival in Punxsutawney this year," said Tami McFarland, president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Committee.
She said that, due to the ever-worsening economy and increasing fuel charges, J&J Amusements can no longer afford to travel to Punxsy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Our very own Punxsy Phil has always been considered to be royalty as the "World's Only True Weather Prognosticating Groundhog."
Now, he has an entrance to his Groundhog Day home that is fit for a king.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle unveiled the new grand "Arch" during a ribbon cutting ceremony held Wednesday at Gobbler's Knob.
"This is a project that I thought would never get done," said Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club president.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney school teachers have ratified the proposed contract with the school board within the last week, according to unofficial reports.
The Punxsutawney Area School Board received word from the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) that the proposed contract has been approved, said Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, following Wednesday's school board committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” All three Punxsutawney fire companies were called to a structure fire involving a shed located at 302 Ellsworth Ave. in Punxsutawney.
The shed sustained $3,000 to $4,000 in damage when it caught fire at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.
"The fire was knocked down when I arrived on scene," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Smith said the fire burned a spot through the wall and a hole in the floor of the shed, which housed two four wheelers and numerous tools.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What are four first-year, first-semester culinary students doing entering a timed cooking competition that pitted them against some of the most recognizable industry names in the nation?
Bringing home a bronze medal, that's what.
Jan. 10 and 11, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts students Bradley Drake, 31, John Mink, 26, J'aime Abramowitz, 28, and Megan Kauffman, 21 â€” a Punxsy native â€” competed in the Skidmore College ACF Sanctioned Culinary Competition at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.