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October 28th, 2012

Perry Township Trick-or-Treat clarification

October 28, 2012

PERRY TOWNSHIP — All Perry Township residents are welcome at the fire hall for trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

This event will be held ONLY at the fire hall, not door to door.

For more information, call Chief Kris Grove at 814-938-7731.

October 26th

UPDATE: No injuries in Friday morning Indiana Co. blaze

October 26, 2012

Three occupants safely escaped a Friday morning fire that destroyed the home of Dr. Kitty Scott on Kachmar Road, just off of Route 210 in Indiana County.

The initial call came through Jefferson County dispatch at approximately 7:45 a.m., and initial responders reported that smoke and flames were showing from approximately a mile away.

Perry Township Fire Chief Kris Grove reported that there was no indication of a cause as of Friday evening.

Like father, like son: Punxsy product returns to PAH, fills father’s shoes

October 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Many young children dream of growing up and filling the shoes of their mother or father, but it's not always the case that they have the opportunity to do so.

But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a familiar name — Dr. Khalaf — has continued on despite the fact that longtime solo radiologist Kamai Khalaf retired earlier this year.

Kamai's son, Omar, who is a homegrown Punxsutawney product, has filled his father's shoes at the hospital, stepping into the position — one that few hospitals have.

Purple Heart Memorial Bridge dedicated in Brookville

October 26, 2012

Ryan Blochberger, the youngest Purple Heart recipient present at the renaming ceremony, and his family pose with the sign that will designate the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge, Friday at its dedication ceremony in Brookville.

Pictured (from left) are: Blochberger's father, Bill Weaver; his mother, Patty Weaver; Blochberger; and his grandfather, Gene Mineweaser.

Breaking News: AP reporting Corbett has declared disaster emergency in PA

October 26, 2012

HARRISBURG — The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a disaster emergency in the state in anticipation of a potential storm that is expected to hit the East Coast early next week.

Residents are advised to stock up on enough food and water for three days and also anticipate potential power outages, along with rain and possible snowfall, according to The Associated Press.

Read more in Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

BREAKING NEWS: Structure Fire on Kachmar Road

October 26, 2012

Details in Saturday's Spirit

October 25th

What a treat! East End hosting 4th annual Halloween event

October 26, 2012

EAST END — Halloween may mean you have the opportunity to go out to just trick-or-treat, but in the East End it's much, much more. Halloween is an annual celebration.

The fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and is open to all area children, said Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, who, along with her partner, Jan Zamperini, have been transforming their fabulous old-fashioned home into a haunted house.

The East End Trick-or-Treat begins at the East End Bridge and concludes at Cindee's Country Corner and includes State Street, said Lorenzo.

Don't forget: Major RR crossing project begins Friday night

October 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State Route 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street will close in Punxsutawney to replace the railroad crossing.

The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday night, and it is expected to reopen at noon on Monday.

The railroad crossing replacement is part of the Elk Run Bridge Replacement and Routes 119 and 310 intersection widening project in Jefferson County.

This $3,351,119 bridge replacement and roadway construction project is being completed by Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion.

Is field turf in the future at PAHS?

October 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Improvements to Jack F. Lamarca Stadium are still years in the future, as the Punxsutawney Area School Board discussed aluminum bleachers and a storage building that would be constructed adjacent to the stadium grounds at Wednesday's athletic committee meeting.

Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

PennDOT advisory: Driver license centers to be closed Nov. 5

October 25, 2012

HARRISBURG — Recently, PennDOT announced that its driver licensing centers, normally closed on Mondays, would be open on Monday, Nov. 5, the day before Election Day, to serve customers with last-minute Voter ID needs.

Oct. 15, the department along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union representing its driver licensing center employees, announced that those centers will remain closed on that day.

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