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November 5th, 2012

Thornhill trial begins with opening statements

November 6, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of Pittsburgh resident Christopher Lawrence Thornhill began Monday in Brookville with opening statements heard from the defense and the prosecution.

Thornhill faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and weapons violations following a shooting incident that occurred on Sept. 22, 2011, near a residence on Cranberry Alley in Punxsutawney.

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

Public Works Committee reports on leaf collection, PennDOT railroad project

November 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Committee held its Public Works/Wastewater Committee meeting on Monday.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Larry Chenoga, and Borough Manager Ben White gave an update on the leaf collection that has been taking place.

White reported that this is the third week for leaf pickup and said that overall, it has been a pretty good leaf season.

White also reported that the H20 project has practically been completed.

The final touches will be a bit of restoration while the borough awaits grant reimbursement from the state.

Young Punxsy collector finds himself a new fancy

November 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of Punxsy's most well-known collectors is back at it, and this time around he's putting a new spin on an old trick.

After collecting a license plate from each state from cars, Douglas Bartlebaugh, a 17-year-old Punxsutawney Area High School student, decided it might be time to start collecting a miniature version of one of his old favorites: motorcycle license plates.

"My uncle gave me a Pennsylvania motorcycle plate, and I already had all the states for the cars, so I figured it was time to start something new," Bartlebaugh said.

November 4th

After 50 years of service to the community, Comet Market to close its doors

November 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The old saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."

Last week, the Levy family, which has owned and operated the Comet Market at 1028 W. Mahoning St., announced to their employees that the difficult decision to close the store's doors had been made.

The decision, Ben Levy said, was a difficult one for the entire family, as the Comet has always been a business it has been associated with since it opened in 1963.

Rake em’ up - borough leaf collection schedule

November 5, 2012

Workers from Punxsutawney Borough's Public Works Department have been busy collecting leaves with the leaf machine.

The borough's annual fall leaf collection program will continue through the week of Nov. 12.

The schedule will continue to be: Monday — East End; Tuesday — Elk Run and Park Avenue Area; Wednesday — Middletown and Findley to Center Street; Thursday — Church Street and Indiana Street; and Friday — West End and South Side.

Changes to this schedule could occur due to weather and/or the amount of leaves to be picked up.

Way Back When

November 5, 2012

(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

September 19, 1896

Two Hundred New Ovens
Work was begun this morning on two hundred new coke ovens at Eleanora Mines. Two hundred ovens added to the already enormous coke plant of R. & P. Company which now has close to two thousand ovens will add considerably to the importance of this community as a coke producing centre.

Back From Cook’s Inlet

Police investigating attempted burglary at Summerville Fire Dept.

November 4, 2012

SUMMERVILLE — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an attempted burglary that occurred around 1:22 a.m. Sunday at the Summerville Volunteer Fire Department.

During that time, police said, unknown actor(s) used a crowbar-like object to pry open a rear entry door, and then proceeded through the damaged door, activating an audible security alarm.

Police said the actor(s) exited the scene undetected in an unknown direction of travel.

Total estimated damaged is approximately $100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 938-0510.

November 2nd

From pink to blue, these little ones say, ‘Boo!’

November 3, 2012

Halloween was a busy day for many preparing for trick-or-treaters. But it was also a busy day at Punxsutawney Area Hospital. While black and orange are known as Halloween colors, PAH was seeing pink and blue. In this photo, Dr. Emil Dib, the OB/Gyn physician PAH, poses with three special treats for area families that he delivered Wednesday.

November 1st

SHAFFER’S SENIOR PROJECT RAISES MONEY FOR WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER

November 2, 2012

Senior Alexa Shaffer presented Mary Jean Johnston of the Weather Discovery Center with a check for $ 989.21. She was approached by her mentor, Sue Walher, who came up with the idea of selling food at the Music in the Park event. The event runs every summer from July 12th through Aug. 23rd. As part of her project, she set up a refreshments table where everyone could purchase slices of Laska's pizza, soda and water. The project was a success, with $989.21 being raised and donated to the Weather Discovery Center.

October 31st

Five years and still going strong: My Fair Lady marks anniversary today

November 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It would be fair to say that My Fair Lady in downtown Punxsutawney has had a fairly good run over the past five years.

"Today is our fifth anniversary, and it has been a very interesting five years of growth," said Bev Fairman, owner of My Fair Lady.

"We tried to keep the store to the period by retaining the original tin ceiling, which was covered by the suspended ceiling and actually helped to preserve it," Fairman said, adding that over the years, it could've been damaged if it had been exposed.

She described My Fair Lady as a gallery and gift store.

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