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May 20th, 2014
The members of Cub Scout Pack 245, their families and some representatives of Girl Scout Troop 20293 werenât deterred by a little bit of rain and some chillier temperatures on Saturday, as they made their way to the John Jacob Fisher Post 62 American Legion Cemetery Plot and Circle Hill Cemetery to place American flags on the markers of past veterans who have been laid to rest there.
BROOKVILLE âÂ Tuesday's Jefferson County primary election saw one particular race of interest, and in the end, it proved to be as
close as many thought it would be, with Cris Dush receiving 2,508 votes (51.70 percent) for the spot on the Republican ticket for Representative in the General Assembly 66th District and Paul Corbin receiving 2,166
(44.65) votes within the county.
(Results are unofficial and were obtained through jeffersoncountypa.com, the county's website.)
Harry G. Bodenhorn also received 166 votes on the ballot.
On Monday, representatives of The Spirit visited the local schools to present this yearâs Punxsutawney Spirit Teachers of the Year.
Pictured here is Emily Skamai (front, center), a teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, being presented with the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, a gift certificate to Maryâs Place and balloons courtesy of Walmart by Spirit representatives Bridey Shawgo (to Skamaiâs right), Tracy Smith (to Skamaiâs right) and Zak Lantz (back, far left).
There were several injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 a.m. Monday on Route 36 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 driven by Judith D. Jones, 44, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 36, while a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by Jesse D. Scott, 32, Timblin was traveling north, when Jones allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line of the roadway and impacted the left side of Scott's vehicle.
INDIANA â Three Indiana residents died following a mobile home fire that broke out early Sunday morning at 105 Keystone Dr., according to Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr.
Shawn Marsh, 28, Nicole Novak, 27, and Gabbriella Novak, 9, all lived in the Indiana mobile home and all perished in the fire, according to a release issued by Overman.
The coroner pronounced the victims dead at the scene at 5:08 a.m. Sunday.
The cause and manner of death for all three are pending autopsies, which are scheduled for today at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center on Sunday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building that houses it.
Originally completed in 1914 as a post office, the building was abandoned for several years, then purchased by a group of concerned citizens who developed it into the remarkable education center that it is today.
Current Postmaster General for Punxsutawney John McBee (right) and current Postmaster General for Anita Maragaret Hudock pose alongside a display in the Weather Discovery Center's lobby that commemorates the building's original purpose as a post office.
(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.)
May 30, 1888
A terrific wind storm passed over this place last Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock, frightening the inhabitants out of their wits and destroying a good deal of property.
The roof was blown off the tripple at Horatio mines, killing a mule.
A portion of the roof of Hon. J.U. Gillespie's barn in Claysville, was carried off.
Everything is coming up tulips and daffodils, as Punxsutawney Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 offered a helping hand last fall to the Punxsutawney Garden Club in planting bulbs at the Margiotti Bridge garden.
The garden was chosen as the May Garden of the Month.
Pictured (from left) are Libby Hoover, Margiotti Bridge Garden chair; Susan Lefcowitz, committee member; Meredith Brooks, Riley Franklin, Emma
Brotherton, and Elizabeth Tracy, Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 20328; Elizabeth Penland, committee member; and Tracy Fleming, Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 leader.
Sixth-grade students at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) are pictured during a week-long slate of anti-bullying and anti-drugs programs called "Band Against Bullying and Drugs," which is shown on their T-shirts.
Members of the Key Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) spoke with students from PAMS about alternatives to drug use.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar faces are Patti Fallara & Lou Ann Poole.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Patti Fallara and Lou Ann Poole are familiar faces. You may recognize both of them as the secretaries at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fallara was born and raised in Punxsutawney. She is a 1979 graduate of PAHS.