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January 7th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the cold winter months upon us, many like to sit down with a good book and catch up on some reading.
Those at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library are keeping warm and staying busy by offering some new and exciting programs this winter for both kids and adults.
Starting Jan. 8, the library will begin offering not only literacy classes but also the Winter Reading Program known as the Tentative-Elementary Fun Program.
The Winter Reading Program is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning the week after Groundhog Day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a celebration â€” albeit a small one â€” as the first anniversary of the opening of Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets took place Friday.
The income-based apartment complex officially opened for business Dec. 16, 2011, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries on that cold December day.
(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
An Explosion of Powder
An explosion of fifty pounds of powder and several sticks of dynamite, which had been placed near a fire to thaw out, yesterday morning at the new glass works cite at DuBois, seriously injured Abraham Horn, a laborer, aged fifty, and also knocked down and hurt three other men who were working close by.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When you can combine efficient shooting and stifling defense together, the combination should spell victory on the basketball court.
The combination was a winner for the Punxsy girlsâ€™ basketball squad at home on Friday night. The Lady Chucks hit 14 of 31 tries while forcing the Lady Bison into 19 first-half turnovers for a going away 46-30 â€¨victory.
CLEARFIELD â€” The Punxsy Chucks were firing on all cylinders in their big 69-31 win over the Clearfield Bison Friday night. By night's end, 10 different Punxsy players lit up the scoreboard.
"We challenged the kids before the game... I challenged each and every one of them. We've been getting some decent leadership out of some people and tonight, everybody stepped forward, and I couldn't ask for anything better. We had guys that averaged three or four rebounds a game coming up with close to double-doubles," said Dirk Neal, Punxsy varsity coach.
COOLSPRING â€” A Worthville man suffered major injuries when his pickup truck was struck by a flatbed truck as he attempted to cross the intersection of Coolspring Road and Route 36 at 10:55 a.m. Friday in Coolspring, Oliver Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Larry Harp, 64, of Worthville, came to a posted stop sign at the intersection of Coolspring Road and Route 36, and Harp was attempting to drive straight across Route 36 onto River Road.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a theft that occurred at Walmart around 9:15 a.m. Friday, when two males were observed on the store's video surveillance system possessing and/or concealing several items.
The items include two DualShock PlayStation 3 wireless controllers; two PlayStation 3 ONN charging cables; a Bear Grylls Gerber knife; and a knife and scissors sharpener.
Police said the total amount in stolen goods is $182.97.
The suspects were at the scene in a black, four-door sedan with a hood scoop.
DUBOIS â€” Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred Friday at the W. Scribner Avenue S&T Bank â€” four days after an armed robbery occurred at the same location.
DuBois City Police said a male entered the bank at 2:37 p.m. Friday, displayed a handgun and demanded cash, but fled prior to receiving any.
Also, police said a similar call was reported at a business in the Sandy Plaza at 3:47 p.m. Friday.
The actor at the bank was last seen on W. Fir Alley heading toward High Street.
BROOKVILLE â€” State representative and Speaker of the House Sam Smith received the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) Community Service Award on Friday, recognizing his work in Jefferson County and abroad.
Dr. Louis "Skip" Nichamin, M.D., the medical director of the Laurel Eye Clinic and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center, who nominated Smith for the award and presented it to him at the organization's Brookville establishment, said he did so because of the doctors' responses to interaction with patients in the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Everyone has a story to tell, but for one local man, his story wouldn't be complete without the generosity of one town â€” Punxsutawney.
Residing in this very town is a man who has achieved a great many goals despite being partially blind.
Ray Lantz was born on Aug. 21, 1946, to Robert and Rachel Lantz. He was born with congenital cataracts, which left him completely blind.
Taught to walk with assistance from a collie dog, he received his first operation at 2-1/2 years of age on his right eye.