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August 24th, 2012

Blending in

August 24, 2012

Natural camouflage can be a great defense system for animals to hide themselves from potential danger.

But this toad’s camo almost came back to bite him, as he had a too-close-for-comfort run-in with a weed eater Thursday afternoon.

Despite the close call, he was still trying his hardest to blend in when this photo was taken moments later.

Remember: Free & Fun Day planned this Sunday

August 24, 2012

The Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association would like to remind The Spirit’s readers that this Sunday is Free and Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fordham trail head of the Mahoning Shadow Trail. Pictured are (from left) Susan Wolfe, association secretary; Amy Taladay, event coordinator and her dog, Ozzie; and Howard Glessner, trail maintenance supervisor and his dog, Sadie.

August 23rd

With first day just around the corner, School Board discusses transportation

August 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the new school year is set to begin on Tuesday, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board had some questions regarding transportation at Wednesday's school board meeting.

The board approved a motion for STA/Krise Bus Company's list of bus drivers and substitute drivers, the list of buses for the Punxsutawney terminal, the list of home buses and the list of vehicles to be used as spare vehicles, if needed.

The board approved same list for Tri-County Transportation.

Corn Cob Club meets for 131st year

August 23, 2012

The Corn Cob Club— Jefferson County's oldest social organization — celebrated its 131st year Wednesday at Judge Edwin Snyder's homestead, which was established in 1897 and is located near Rochester Mills.

Take a bow: Moore Brothers wrap up 2012 Music in the Park season

August 23, 2012

Members of The Moore Brothers Band — the "pride of central Pennsylvania," as their website states — perform at the final installment of the 2012 Music in the Park season at Barclay Square in Punxsutawney on Thursday.

The band, which shows an eclectic taste, playing oldies, classics and country, consists of four brothers — Rick, Mike, Bill and John — and also features Mike's wife, Janie.

August 22nd

Another stalemate: Options for school closures debated again

August 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Was it a mistake to close Mary A. Wilson Elementary School? One member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board said that it was at Wednesday's voting meeting.

Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe asked the board if it wanted to continue the discussion regarding the possible closing of more elementary schools.

Wolfe said Roberta Dinsmore, board member, brought him information from the last school closing, which was when Mary A. Wilson was shut in 2009.

Big Run mulls over dump truck repair options

August 22, 2012

BIG RUN — The Big Run Borough Council is still discussing the amount of money it's going to cost to repair the bed of the borough dump truck.

Nick Lantz, council president, said it would cost $625 to weld the bed of the truck and could be as high as $725 for a larger area.

Lantz said the time estimated is 15 hours at $35 per hour for each of the jobs.

Marlin Rearick, Big Run maintenance man, said all of the rubber at the bottom of the bed and the bed itself need to be cut out and replaced.

Stan Derise, council member, said council needs more prices by the September meeting.

Things are on the up-and-up

August 22, 2012

Jake Shick (left) and Dane Wishnesky of Charlie Dobson Construction are shown welding the new steel support for the Punxsy Phil large wooden sign at Joe's Drive-in, Punxsy. The sign was damaged back in April when an IAV Stryker National Guard all-terrain vehicle lost its brakes on the Indiana Hill and drove into the emergency truck pull off, striking a steel girder that supported the giant wooden groundhog. The large Phil display should be back up within the next week. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

August 21st

50 years and going strong: IUP-Punxsy celebrates milestone anniversary

August 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In 1960, committees representing the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce and the Punxsutawney Area School Board met to assess interest in pursuing the establishment of a college campus in Punxsutawney.

The construction of the new West End Elementary School had vacated the former elementary building and invited the enthusiastic prospect of hosting a regional post-secondary education institution.

In 1961, Chairman Glenn Henry named a college selection committee and charged it with assessing regional college and university interest in establishing a Punxsutawney campus.

Nine stations assist with midday Sykesville blaze

August 21, 2012

SYKESVILLE — An accidental fire Tuesday afternoon caused heavy damage to the upper stories of a house located at 232 West Main St. in Sykesville.

The alarm was called into Jefferson County 911 at 12:11 p.m. for a working structure fire at the Asti residence, which had smoke and flames showing when the alarm was called in, said Kevin Yamrick, Sykesville Fire Department chief.

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