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September 27th, 2012

EMS transport vehicle involved in accident at 36/536 intersection

September 27, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Two were injured in an accident involving a Jefferson County EMS transport van Thursday afternoon in Young Township, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Police said the crash occurred at the intersection of Routes 536 and 36, also known as N. Main Street, Punxsutawney.

The report said at 4:07 p.m., a 2009 Dodge Caravan operated by Andrea J. Verdill, 33, of Punxsutawney, was traveling eastbound on 536 and came to a stop at the stop sign at the road’s intersection with Route 36.

School Board to evaluate its fee schedule for upcoming weekend events

September 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Due to the increased usage of Punxsutawney Area School District facilities on Sunday, the school board discussed some alternatives to the fee schedule at Wednesday's school board committee meeting.

"We would like to add a phrase to our facilities use form to let people know if they are using it on Sunday, they will pay the hourly rate and custodial fees at whatever the rate would be," said Susan H. Robertson, Punxsutawney Area School District business manager.

Commissioners recognize domestic abuse issues at latest meeting

September 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, the county commissioners declared at their meeting on Tuesday.

Suella Himes, counselor advocate III with the Community Action Crossroads Project, appeared before the commission to speak about the issue of domestic abuse in Jefferson County.

“Domestic violence is really all about power and control,” she said. “You have an individual who loves someone, but they just don’t understand why this individual that they love is hurting them.”

September 26th

'Something fun for everyone:' Spirit Appreciation Day coming your way Saturday

September 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Years ago, The Punxsutawney Spirit decided to make a conscious effort to reach out to the community and thank it for all the faithfulness it had shown the paper. From that idea, The Spirit's Appreciation Day was born, and after many successful years, the tradition will carry on again this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SS.C.D. auditorium, just across the parking lot from The Spirit's office on Pine Street in Punxsutawney.

School Board closes school closing discussion, welcomes new reps

September 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There will be no elementary school closings for the next school year, as the Punxsutawney Area School Board has decided end the discussion in regards to the next school year.

"As of tonight's meeting, the idea to close any elementary schools is completely off the table," said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent at Wednesday's school board committee meeting.

Bob Pascuzzo, board member, said some day, the district will have to add on an elementary school in town.

MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEES LEND A HELPING HAND FOR PRIDE

September 26, 2012

Lending a helping hand to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and PRIDE was the goal of the day last week, as two employees from McDonald's, owned by Gene Puskash, spent their work day recently installing the scare crows on the parking meters downtown and assisting with the cleanup of the beds surrounding the trees along the sidewalk in downtown Punxsutawney. Shown cleaning up weeds and end of the season flowers are Bill Love (left), from the Brookville McDonald's, and Loni Rodabaugh (right), from the Punxsy McDonald's.

September 25th

Hall of Fame committee seeking Class of 2013 nominations

September 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Committee is asking for nominations of former athletes in the Punxsutawney Area School District to be considered for induction with the next class.

JOC approves HVAC, plumbing/heating programs

September 25, 2012

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The Jeff Tech Operating Committee (JOC) voted to approve HVAC and plumbing and heating as the new courses to be added to replace the lumbering and marketing/retailing course programs which were eliminated back in May.

"I've checked with other vo-tech schools around the state which said don't make the testing in these programs separate, combine the plumbing and heating with HVAC," said Marsha Welsh, director of Jeff Tech at Monday's meeting that was held in the Health Assisting Area.

'Just me doing nails:' Grisso living out lifelong dream with her own shop

September 25, 2012

ANITA – Many would say that it's a lifelong dream to one day be their own boss and do exactly what they've always loved doing. Jamie Grisso, former California resident and current Anita resident, is among those. And now, she can say she's living that dream.

Last week, Grisso started her own business – Atlantis Nail Spa – at 258 Main St. in Anita, right beside the post office.

Grisso said that her journey to the Punxsutawney area had no set plan, and that she just sort of ended up here.

Just passing through: Denniss stops in Punxsy on way to world record

September 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Jan. 1, Australian Tom Denniss officially set out on the first leg of a journey that literally no man or woman has ever completed – running around the world, and doing so following the Guinness Book of World Records' guidelines – and nearly 10 months later, his journey carried him through the Weather Capital of the World.

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