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January 14th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In response to the widespread outbreak and severity of this yearâ€™s seasonal flu, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) has implemented restrictions on visitors to all clinical areas of the hospital, effective immediately.
â€śWe are asking that visitors be free of a fever for at least 24 hours prior to visiting a patient, and that visitors who have respiratory issues or who are under the age of 18 not come to the hospital at all,â€ť said PAH Infection Preventionist and Specialist Abby Kengersky. â€śIf you are visiting, we ask that you wash your hands frequently and
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At approximately 6:20 a.m. Saturday, an unknown white male entered Ragleyâ€™s True Value Hardware Store, located at 248 N. Findley St.,
through a window, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.
Police said the male is seen on Ragleyâ€™s surveillance video as he is going through the store.
A store employee who was coming to work witnessed the male exiting the store through a broken window in the rear of the building, according to police.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Your friendly neighborhood tax collector may be going out of business, if the Punxsutawney Area School Board decides to change the manner in which tax collectors are compensated.
"We're going to discuss the tax collection commission analysis, which is something that can only be adjusted every four years," Susan H. Robertson, Punxsutawney Area School District business manager, said at last Tuesday's school board meeting.
Robertson said it has to be done in an election year for the tax collectors.
(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 13, 1897
Aged Lady Burned to Death
Mrs. Margaret Kunkle, of Washington township, Indiana county, aged eighty-seven years, was suddenly taken ill with heart failure, on Monday, and fell into the open grate and was burned to death before she could be rescued.
January 20, 1897
School House Entered
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to promoting the arts, both in and out of the classroom, Indiana University of Pennsylvania remains quite dedicated.
It currently offers art education through ArtsPath, the Lively Arts outreach program made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
ArtsPath was formed twelve years ago and is a regional and professional arts program that brings in professional artists from outside the school.
These artists come in and perform a variety of different arts in a classroom setting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gustavo Franco, M.D., Punxsutawney Area Hospital's most recent addition to the position of general surgeon, has traveled a long road to end up in Punxsutawney, but since he took over for former general surgeon Dr. Kaufman, Franco says he's really starting to get the feel for the small-town life.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of a two-and-a-half-year-old Reynoldsville boy stemming from an incident that took place on Grant Street Extension in the Reynoldsville Borough at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Police are being assisted in the investigation by the Reynoldsville Ambulance Service, the Reynoldsville Police Department, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.
The investigation is ongoing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With Groundhog Day just around the corner, Punxsutawney Phil's Souvenir Shop is offering some new and exciting items.
Punxsy Phil fans can check out either the souvenir shop or the online shop at GroundhogStuff.com, which offers the same souvenirs but at a convenience for those unable to travel. The online store has been operating since 2000.
Thereâ€™s been another Elvis sighting in the area! Thursday night, the residents of Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center enjoyed a wonderful performance by Elvis impersonator Scott Allegretto.
Allegretto is a Weedville resident who has been performing as an Elvis impersonator for five years.
His award-winning Elvis tribute captured the attention of the weekly series "We are Central PA Live."
Allegretto had the chance to perform on the show this past Tuesday, which also happened to be Elvis' birthday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Discussions continued at Tuesday's Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting in regard to holding a community meeting with the school board and Punxsutawney Borough Council regarding school safety.
Tina Smith of Punxsutawney addressed the board during the two-minute comment section regarding school safety.
Smith said she is not a confrontational type of person or a public speaker, nor does she like to participate in a public debate. But, she said, the topic she wanted to discuss should be a concern for all