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April 6th, 2015
HUSTON TOWNSHIP â€” On Monday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a report of a fatal one-vehicle accident that occurred at 11:13 a.m. on Sunday on State Route 255, south of Winterburn Road, Huston Township, Clearfield County.
Police said Robert E. Quetot, 55, of DuBois, was traveling north on State Route 255 when he lost control of his 2008 Suzuki Sedan. The car then left the roadway and crashed into an embankment, causing it to roll over.
Police said Quetot was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected as the car rolled over.
Quetot was pronounced dead at the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Francis J. Molinaro, 80, president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Punxsutawney Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said that Molinaroâ€™s leadership and participation on the school board will be truly missed by all.
"It's certainly a sad day for our district," Wolfe said. "Francis has served on our board for many years, and throughout that time, he has always kept in mind the best interest of the students. For years, he wanted to be board president, and with this last reorganization of the board, he became the board president."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's just about time for the annual Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show.
The show will take place April 9 through April 11 in the PAHS auditorium. Every year, The Spirit gives a preview of some of the original skits that we're likely to see as part of the show.
We're going to bring that to you next week, but for now, we're going to take a look at the person whose name is most identified with the Variety Show â€” Margaret C. Boles.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy Borough Council approved the contract
of the newly hired police chief at a special meeting held on Wednesday.
James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new police chief at a special meeting held on March 24 in council chambers.
Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, said the motion to approve the contract for retired state trooper James Borza, was made by Aaron Hendricks, council member, and seconded by Brian Smith, council member, and was approved 7-0.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company presented five area fire companies with grants on Friday afternoon. The grants were presented by Josephine Posti, APR of Pennsylvania American Water, and Dave Drozd, also of American Water, and will be used to purchase necessary fire equipment that is needed for each fire company. Pictured (front, from left) are Jim Esposito, Central Fire Department; Posti; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; Wendy Peace, Big Run Volunteer Fire Company; (back row) Drozd; and Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.
FAIRVIEW â€” If all goes well, it appears that it will be a busy highway construction season throughout Jefferson County during the spring and summer driving seasons.
At the PennDOT Community Outreach, Paul Koza, PE, PennDOT District 10.0 assistant district executive/constructions, said in the Punxsutawney Borough, they will remove the Route 119 bridge that travels over the
Mahoning Shadow Trail, which is scheduled to be replaced during the 2016 construction season.
He said the cost of construction is estimated at somewhere between $2.5 million and $5 million.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was right in the middle of the busy lunch hour when a small explosion on the grill shot flames up into the duct work above, causing Lily's Restaurant at 535 West Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, to be evacuated due to a fire at 11:26 a.m. on Sunday.
According to Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, the flames extended from the exhaust fan vent and into the wall and ceiling, causing flames to be seen on the roof.
Wachob said thanks to a quick response, Punxsutawney firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were called to Aldi in the Punxy Plaza Thursday afternoon to investigate a possible fire, after a burning smell was coming through the HVAC heating and cooling system. Punxsutawney firefighters are pictured checking inside the suspended ceiling.
For more details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.
A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.
This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.
For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.