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June 11th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a house on Pine Street Monday afternoon continues today.
The house at 217 Pine St., owned by Richard White, had heavy smoke showing from the eaves when firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:45 p.m., according to Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Elk Run Chief Doug McAfoos was one of the first officers on scene, and said when he arrived, there was smoke coming from the structure.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy school Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said he took part in ROTC as a college student, but that was his closest experience with the military until he took part in a program offered by the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.
Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase â€śStop Animal Crueltyâ€ť and sold them over the past three weeks.
The shirts â€” designed by Standard Pennant â€” sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, â€śStomp Out Animal Cruelty.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library will kick off its free summer reading program, â€śDream Big, Read!â€ť with an opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the library.
Among the highlights of the party will be two alpacas, games and other activities. Youngsters from ages one-and-a-half years to tweens (ages nine to 12) can also register for the program, which officially begins Wednesday, June 20.
The schedule is as follows:
MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP â€” A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.
"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.
Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.
(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.)
(July 22, 1896)
ROBERT CLARKE DEAD
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Police, corrections and probation officers from Jefferson and Clearfield counties recently graduated from The Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training that was held at the IUP Punxsutawney campus.
The Right Turn Program is a joint effort of the Clearfield and Jefferson County Criminal Justice Advisory boards, said John Brown, instructor and police officer for Clearfield and Punxsutawney.
Brown said the purpose of the program is to teach officers how to handle people who are in crisis situations or have behavioral problems.Â
BROOKVILLE â€” When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.
KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the storesâ€™ franchisee and KFC Corporate.
Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Raoâ€™s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was â€śharassment and discriminationâ€ť from KFC Corporate.
Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.
BIG RUN â€” Alvin Kendall doesnâ€™t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.
â€śI start early when the weather fits,â€ť he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. â€śI have no schedules.â€ť
Kendallâ€™s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for May, and the first of 2012.
Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, â€śbut I donâ€™t play with vegetables,â€ť he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just a few weeks after 17 dogs â€” 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher,Â among others â€” were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.
According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus,Â Ohio.