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January 13th, 2013
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
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” You may remember the old television series from the 1960s â€śCar 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
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan announced at this weekâ€™s Public Safety meeting that the GPS units purchased by the borough have been installed in all of the borough's police vehicles.