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April 14th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It is said that when William Penn discovered Pennsylvania in the 1680s, at least 95 percent of the land was covered by forest.
Its hard to believe that now, as we look around us at the once-big forest now populated with towns and cities.
Once known as the lumber region, Pennsylvania became the home of many lumber camps.
Traveling from one lumber camp to another was William T. Clarke, a photographer who loved capturing the daily life of the lumber industry.
DUBOIS â On behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett, PennDOT has announced that work to improve the Route 119/322 "Blinker Parkway" intersection in Sandy Township will begin today.
When work completes late this year, area drivers will be able to travel through a wider intersection with improved visibility and enhanced safety.
Work will include construction of turning lanes, roadway widening, slight roadway re-alignment, drainage improvements, new curbing and sidewalk, curb ramps and traffic signal upgrades.
(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.)
April 28, 1897
FIRE AT MCGEES
Six Buildings Were Destroyed Invoicing a Loss of $12,000
A disastrous fire occurred at McGees, Clearfield county, last Saturday night, causing a destruction of property amounting to near $12,000.
âThat's a wrap,â as the 2013 Punxsutawney Area High School Variety Show will wind down tonight with one last performance at 7 p.m. at the PAHS Auditorium.
Pictured here performing a Geico Calculus commercial parody are (from left) Garrett Neal, Alexa Shaffer and Erin Long.
Tickets for the show are available at the door, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Margaret C. Boles Foundation.
CRAWFORDTOWN â There is still no determined cause as to what started the fire that destroyed a camp at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at 44 Crawfordtown Rd. in Crawfordtown, Young Township.
"The structure was fully involved and was a huge fireball when firefighters arrived on scene," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire
Smith said firefighters got a good hit on the fire and were able to knock the flames down in quick succession.
The Punxsutawney Area Hospital will proudly welcome four new health providers to its team with a Chamber of Commerce Mixer, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the front lobby of the hospital.
The event will give the public a chance not only to meet the new providers but also to talk with members of the Senior Administrative Team and Medical Staff.
From 5 to 6 p.m., the Medical Outpatient Clinic will be giving demonstrations on the Teleburn Service.
BELL TOWNSHIP â Anglers from across the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8 a.m. on Saturday, which marks the traditional statewide opening day of trout season.
Rick Vlazek, Jefferson County Waterways Conser-vation Officer said that since mid-February, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has been busy replenishing waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown and rainbow trout.
The Variety Show continues tonight at 7 p.m. â the show's second of three performances âÂ at the PAHS Auditorium.
Pictured is Corey Good performing an original piece on the piano entitled "Tara" at the 2013 Variety Show.
Tickets are available at the door for $5. The show's finale will be held Saturday at 7 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After two frustrating contests, Punxsy was able to take a second-inning lead and allow only two hits over the final frames on Tuesday afternoon.
Trailing 3-0, the Chucks plated six runs in the home second inning and added two more scores in the fourth to bounce the Clearfield Bison, 8-3.
âI like how we answered back when Clearfield took a 3-0 lead,â noted Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey. âWe had just enough from our bats to win.â
Punxsy (3-2) recorded eight hits in the seven-inning contest, but did hold Clearfield to just four hits.
CRAWFORDTOWN â A quickly spreading structure fire caused heavy damage to a house located at 44 Crawfordtown Rd. in Crawford-town, Young Township, on Wednesday evening.
Elk Run, Central and Lindsey were called to the blaze at 8:40 p.m., with McCalmont Township Fire Company first on scene and reporting that the structure was fully involved with the orange flames showing bright in the night sky. Firefighters were able to knock the blaze down within a few minutes.