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October 19th, 2012

Area trick-or-treating schedule

October 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• Halloween Parade, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating to follow until 9 p.m.

The parade will form at 5:30 p.m. by Napa Auto Parts on Union Street.

The parade route will lead to Barclay Square, where the costumes will be judged and the participants will receive a treat from the firefighters.

Police, the fire department and REACT will be on hand for assistance.

October 18th

What a catch! Mesoraco items among those to be auctioned off by Salvation Army this weekend

October 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Cincinnati Reds may have been eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs, but their memory will live on during Saturday's Punxsutawney Salvation Army Harvest Auction, as an autographed Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball jersey, baseball and bat will be up for grabs.

"Our auction continues to grow every year in merchandise and the money collected from it," said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.

Jache said the 2011 auction raised about $10,000, and this year, they've set a goal of $12,000.

Numerous injuries reported in afternoon accident involving school van

October 18, 2012

A number of injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Punxsy between a Ford school van, operated by Ida Mae Uplinger of Brookville, and a Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Lakin Frampton of Punxsuatwney.

A total of seven juveniles and both drivers were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of injuries.

For the full story, see Friday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Punxsy Borough announces leaf collection schedule

October 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Borough's annual fall leaf collection program will begin on Monday and continue through November.

The schedule will be as follows:

• Monday: East End

• Tuesday: Elk Run and Park Avenue Area

• Wednesday: Middletown and Findley to Center Street

• Thursday: Church Street and Indiana Street

• Friday: West End and South Side

Changes to this schedule could occur due to weather and/or the amount of leaves that need to be picked up.

Leaves should be raked to the curb next to the road, but not raked onto the roadway.

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Route 119 at Hampton/Ridge/Clark to close Oct. 26 - 29.

October 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State Route (SR) 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street will close in Punxsutawney to replace the railroad crossing.

The intersection will close on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 pm, and is expected to reopen at noon on Monday, Oct. 29.

The railroad crossing replacement is part of the Elk Run Bridge Replacement and SR 119/310 intersection widening project in Jefferson County.

This $3,351,119 bridge replacement and roadway construction project is being completed by Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion.

Donaldson charged with stealing from Brookville Cheerleaders Booster Club

October 18, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Borough Police Department has reported that it has charged Shelly C. Donaldson with theft by unlawful taking, forgery and other related charges following an investigation stemming back to August.

It is alleged that Donaldson stole over $12,000 from the Brookville Cheerleaders Booster Club.

Donaldson was arraigned in front of District Judge Greg Bazylak and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

October 17th

Crosstown Ministries invites kids of all ages to ‘Fall for Jesus'

October 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You can "Fall for Jesus" this weekend as Crosstown Ministries — a collaboration of Grace United Methodist Church and Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church — will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) reunion Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Young Township just below the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

"There will be classes, songs, snacks and crafts for the whole family, ages nursery through adult," said Shelly Bishop, education chair for Grace United Methodist Church.

October 16th

Punxsutawney Area Hospital: We never used medicine targeted as source of meningitis outbreak

October 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In response to the escalating number of inquiries about the tainted spine steroid shot related to a deadly national outbreak of meningitis, practitioners at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) want to reassure patients that PAH’s supply of steroids was not involved.

“Punxsutawney Area Hospital does not currently (have), nor have we ever had, any medication in our facility that was produced by NECC, the compounding pharmacy which shipped the vials of the potentially contaminated product,” said Tom Moore, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Services.

Highlights from the new Big Run Burn Ordinance No. 220

October 16, 2012

BIG RUN - Big Run Borough Council passed a burn ordinance Monday in a 4-1 vote.

Here's the details:

The ordinance applies to all outdoor burning and open burning within the Borough of Big Run.

It does not apply to burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation.

It also does not apply to the use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction or maintenance activities.

Lions Club seeks clearer vision with upcoming White Cane campaign

October 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're driving around town Saturday and come upon a group of men who are in the road holding huge white canes, be advised it's the Punxsutawney Lions Club's annual "White Cane Day" collection.

"'White Cane Day' is an annual event that the Punxsy Lions Club has held for a number of years," said Mike Ruffner, president of the Punxsutawney Lions Club.

Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member, said there are quite a few people who can't afford to purchase eyeglasses, and the Lions Club offers the program to assist those individuals.

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