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January 13th, 2013

Way Back When

January 13, 2013

(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.)

Local Intelligence
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

IUP’s ArtsPath promotes art, both in and out of school

January 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

January 11th

From Venezuela to PAH: Franco’s practices of respect, creativity prove beneficial

January 11, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

PSP-DuBois investigating Thursday death of Reynoldsville boy

January 11, 2013

REYNOLDSVILLE — 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.

This just in! New variety at Phil’s Souvenir Shop

January 11, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

There he is again! Elvis spotted at Mulberry Square

January 11, 2013

There’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.

January 10th

Concerned parent raises safety questions; school board assures community meeting, safety measures are priorities

January 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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
parents.

PTAG dresses to impress at first Chamber mixer of 2013

January 10, 2013

The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild held its 2013 Chamber Mixer Thursday night at Caterina's Cafe.

This event marks the 38th season that the Guild has been active in Punxsutawney.

The mixer featured a variety of community and business patrons who stopped by to show their support.

Those in attendance enjoyed not only some great food, but also some good company in members of the Guild who came dressed in costume.

Members of the Guild provided details for upcoming shows and some history on how the group came to be.

GPS units up and running in borough police cars

January 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You may remember the old television series from the 1960s “Car 54 Where are You?," a comedy about two New York City police officers Gunther Toody and Frances Muldoon, who were always getting lost.

What the dispatchers back then needed was Global Positioning System (GPS) units, which weren't invented as of yet, to locate the
wayward officers.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan announced at this week’s Public Safety meeting that the GPS units purchased by the borough have been installed in all of the borough's police vehicles.

January 9th

PSP responds, promises sufficient manpower for Groundhog Day detail

January 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In regards to the report that Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) would not be providing security detail for Groundhog Day, Maria Finn, press secretary for the Office of the Commissioner of Homeland Security, PSP, would like to clarify that PSP will have a presence at the event.

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