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October 30th, 2012

Keep your eyes peeled for ghouls & goblins running tonight!

October 30, 2012

Sunday evening, Reynoldsville held its trick-or-treat after a 5 p.m. parade. Pictured here after collecting their treats are (front, from left) Connor Ansinger, Joelle Getch, Andrew Getch; (middle) Jacob Getch; and Heather Ansinger (back), holding AnnaMarie Ansinger. Trick-or-treat is scheduled to take place in Punxsutawney and many surrounding townships this evening.

Punxsutawney will hold the Halloween Parade at 6 p.m. (The parade will form at NAPA Auto Parts on Union Street at 5:30 p.m.), and trick-or-treat will follow until 9 p.m.;

October 29th

Toys for Tots gearing up for annual campaign, seeks applicants & donations

October 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In what has become an annual happening, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Ebensburg Unit and Community Action, Inc. are once again teaming up to put together this year’s Toys for Tots drive.

 FEMCO Machine Company became a partner in the campaign last year, and this year will be no different with FEMCO and Chambers Replacement World also assisting with the drive.

Changes to First Church of God Trunk-or-Treat

October 29, 2012

Trunk-or-Treat at the First Church of God will be held inside of the gym from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

If school is closed that day, there will be no Trunk-or-Treat.

Mayor Wehrle declares disaster emergency

October 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy mayor Jim Wehrle has declared a declaration of disaster emergency in the Borough of Punxsutawney effective Monday at 6 p.m. to enable staff and related officials to respond effectively to any possible impact of Hurricane Sandy in the borough.

The storm, which will begin to hit the mid-state area sometime Monday evening, is expected to bring heavy rain to the borough and region, resulting in low area flash-flooding and wind-related power outages, which could last for several days. Sustained high winds will likely contribute to tree damage around the borough as well.

Punxsutawney Area School District Cancels Classes & Sporting Events

October 29, 2012

The Punxsutawney Area School District has cancelled all classes for Tuesday, October 30 due to the forecasted weather.

Also cancelled are all sporting events for tonight, Monday, October 29 and tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30.

October 28th

PennDOT: Intersection should reopen at noon today

October 28, 2012

A worker operates a machine Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Route (SR) 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street.

The intersection closed at 6 p.m. Friday for the replacement of the railroad crossing.

PennDOT has said the intersection is expected to reopen at noon today.

Detours are posted throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

No fright on this great night!

October 28, 2012

Both children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual East End Trick-or-Treat event Saturday night. Noella Hartzfeld (left), 9, dressed up as a “Dizzy Lizzy” monster, while Nakoma Hartzfeld, 12, donned an “80s Girl” costume.

Their mother, Linda Hartzfeld, said the girls opted to hand out candy at their Mahoning Street residence this year instead of going trick-or-treating, which she thought was a fine idea.

Jefferson County Jail currently not interested in picking up state inmates and related programs

October 28, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Due to continued population issues, the Jefferson County Jail is presently uninterested in programs involving the housing of state inmates, Warden Tom Elbel said at its most recent meeting last Monday.

The matter was raised when District Attorney Jeff Burkett brought up an email that had been sent to members of the board
by County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin, who also sits on the Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board but was not present for that particular meeting.

Way Back When

October 28, 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 23, 1896

A Somewhat Dramatic Court Scene

Breaking News: Brookville officials issue storm advisory

October 28, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Officials in Brookville Borough are coordinating a preemptive response to forecasted severe weather.

The Brookville Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Hoak, The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, the Brookville Police Department, The Red Cross and the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company urge all citizens to take action now against impending inclement weather.

While forecasts are still uncertain, the National Weather Service is predicting severe weather of some extent for our region.

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