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October 29th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
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.
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.
Both children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual East End Trick-or-Treat event Saturday night. Noella Hartzfeld (left), 9, dressed up as a â€śDizzy Lizzyâ€ť monster, while Nakoma Hartzfeld, 12, donned an â€ś80s Girlâ€ť 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
(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.)
September 23, 1896
A Somewhat Dramatic Court Scene
BROOKVILLE â€” 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.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” All Perry Township residents are welcome at the fire hall for trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.
This event will be held ONLY at the fire hall, not door to door.
For more information, call Chief Kris Grove at 814-938-7731.
Three occupants safely escaped a Friday morning fire that destroyed the home of Dr. Kitty Scott on Kachmar Road, just off of Route 210 in Indiana County.
The initial call came through Jefferson County dispatch at approximately 7:45 a.m., and initial responders reported that smoke and flames were showing from approximately a mile away.
Perry Township Fire Chief Kris Grove reported that there was no indication of a cause as of Friday evening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Many young children dream of growing up and filling the shoes of their mother or father, but it's not always the case that they have the opportunity to do so.
But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a familiar name â€” Dr. Khalaf â€” has continued on despite the fact that longtime solo radiologist Kamai Khalaf retired earlier this year.
Kamai's son, Omar, who is a homegrown Punxsutawney product, has filled his father's shoes at the hospital, stepping into the position â€” one that few hospitals have.