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October 9th, 2012

School board upping facility use fee on weekends, holidays

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area school board approved a motion to add language to the current facility use policy, covering the extra costs associated with use on weekends and holidays.

On weekends and holidays, Business Manager Susan Robertson said, the facility use fee did not cover the expenses of the staff.

Work progressing on borough sewer projects

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The fall construction season is winding down as Mealy Excavating & Construction has been performing restoration work on West Mahoning Street and Horatio Street, following the installation of new sewers.

The West Mahoning Street project is completely finished, and the Horatio Street project is coming together quickly, Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc., Punxsutawney Borough engineers, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Sekula said the base course has been put down, and Mealy will put the wearing course on Horatio Street on Thursday.

AHH...FALL

October 9, 2012

With colors like this, who could resist snapping a photo?

While the majority of the fall foliage has yet to turn color in the Punxsutawney area, there are a few trees ahead of schedule, like this one pictured on Route 119 in Bell Township.

When those leaves hit the ground, Punxsutawney Borough will be ready.

The borough is scheduled to begin leaf pickup with the leaf machine on Monday, Oct. 22.

It’s decided: Halloween Parade set for Oct. 31

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a long discussion at Monday’s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted 5-2 to allow the Punxsutawney Fire Department to hold Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, council member, said there will still be a separate Halloween celebration that will take place in the East End of Punxsutawney from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27, with her traditional haunted house and treat bags being given out.

All area children are invited to attend that event as well.

PAHS principal speaks about pros, cons of seven- vs. eight-period school days

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In light of recent discussions regarding changes to school scheduling, High School Principal David London spoke to the school board at its meeting Monday about some of the advantages and disadvantages of the seven-period school day versus the eight-period school day.

The original discussions came about as the board was mulling the possibility of a school closure, involving moving seventh grade to the high school and third grade to the middle school.

October 7th

Pizza & Prevention raises over $45,000 for fire department

October 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Fox's Pizza Den Pizza & Prevention 11th annual fundraiser has broken more records in raising money for the Punxsutawney Fire Department over the weekend.

The final totals are still coming in, but as of Sunday, Fox's Pizza sold close to 5,000 pizzas and pizza coupons during the annual fire department fundraiser, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsy.

Converting that into dollars, it totals $45,449.79, with the money donated in tips yet to be added to the tally, Anthony said, adding that the public has embraced this as an event more than a fundraiser.

Oktober Fest set for Saturday in downtown

October 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Oktober Fest in Punxsutawney is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Oktober Fest is the last of the 2012 Second Saturday events PRIDE has coordinated in the downtown.

It will take place, rain or shine, and will feature activities for all ages.

Events for the day include “Pick a Pumpkin” discounts at participating stores and sidewalk sales by a variety of vendors.

A Pumpkin Story Walk will take place on the sidewalk of South Findley Street between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Way Back When

October 7, 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
Sept. 9, 1896

Arrested for Malicious Mischief
Dr. Beyer and Dr. Shields have a dispute about a line on North Findley street, both claiming an alley. Last Saturday Des Freas and Ferl Long were having some coal hauled.

October 5th

Community Action Inc. banquet recognizes volunteers

October 5, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Forty-one years of volunteering were acknowledged as more than just free help at the Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteer recognition luncheon held Wednesday at The Foundry in Reynolsville, as a Punxsutawney woman was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year.

"As we gather today to celebrate 41 years of building friendships and communities, I commend each and every one of you for your volunteer efforts and for making our community a better place to live," said Janeen Love, director of the Community Action Inc. Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteers.

PASR urges county to remember troops for holidays

October 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The reports are grim, as deadly attacks continue on American troops serving in Afghanistan.

Nearly every day, the death toll mounts; more than 2,000 military personnel have already lost their lives, an average of one fatality per day.

Providing support while training the Afghan natives to take over security so that the armies from the United States and other countries can withdraw over the next two years is proving to be a dangerous and costly mission.

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