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September 17th, 2012

Tagliaferre’s trek: Cruising cross country for a cause

September 17, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, Jeremy Tagliaferre — a Reynoldsville native who currently resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts — set out on a journey that many would never dream of completing: a cross country trek.

A cross country trip by any means of transportation is intimidating enough, as a trip in even the most comfortable car would certainly leave any individual with some aches and pains, but Tagliaferre’s journey followed a less traditional mode: bicycle.

Tagliaferre said the idea for this particular trip was inspired by another he took in 2007 when he hiked the Appalachian Trail.

September 16th

LOOK WHO’S BACK TO WATCH OVER TOWN; Joe's Drive in unveils refurbished groundhog cutout

September 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State Rep. Sam Smith, the local National Guard, members of the community and the staff of Joe's Drive-In gathered at the restaurant/ice cream shop on Saturday to commemorate the unveiling of the famous giant wooden groundhog.

The groundhog had been taken down for repairs and renovations after it was struck by a vehicle back in April.

However, it's back now and more or less "exactly the way it was," said Joe Sikora Jr., the owner of Joe's Drive-In.

That's the school spirit

September 16, 2012

Senior cheerleader Kelsey Snyder presents Head Cheerleading Coach Julie Baun with a check before Friday night’s game against DuBois.

Kelsey’s senior project was a chicken BBQ to raise money so the Varsity Cheerleaders could purchase "Spirit" buses for the cheerleaders and students to go to away games this season.

The project netted $1,500.

Pictured are (front, from left) Hailyn Fye, Afton McAfee, Holly Waltman, Baun, Snyder, Tessa Spearing, Brittnee Tenon, Morgan Smith; (back) Haley Hartman, Tiana Smith, Kaelee Wyant and Janell Burkett.

Way Back When

September 16, 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
(September 16, 1896)

SUDDEN DEATH OF JACKSON PIFER
Jackson Pifer, a well known citizen of Clayville, died very suddenly last Monday evening. He was in his usual health, and had brought a load of coal to G.W. Porter's machine shops.

September 14th

Rockin’ and rollin’: Roller derby isn’t just for television anymore

September 15, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Growing up, you may have seen roller derby on the television, but most probably think of it as a professional-wrestling-like act, set mostly for entertainment.

But a group of women from across the county have started gathering at the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome for a very different style than has become television folklore.

Chucks fans in full force

September 15, 2012

Chucks fans flocked to the student section of the stands Friday night at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney to cheer on their squad as it faced a rival in the DuBois Beavers.

Unfortunately for Punxsy and its fans, the Beavers overpowered Punxsy en route to a 50-6 victory.

Despite rain, 50K has another successful year

September 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Saturday, the Big Run VFW Post 9044 hosted 85 runners from nine different states for the 14th-annual Groundhog Fall 50K Trail Race, held throughout the Punxsutawney area.

50 kilometers, which is equivalent to 31 miles, is a long haul, but race organizer Bob Lott said that "Saturday's race went well, even with the rain we had for a large portion of the day. Runners seemed to like the rain. It was the aid station and finish-line workers that suffered through it."

September 13th

Glen Campbell man killed in early morning collision with coal truck

September 13, 2012

BANKS TOWNSHIP — The Indiana County Coroner’s office confirmed the death of a local man Thursday morning as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Coroner Mike Baker said 22-year-old Stephen Robert Yamrick of Glen Campbell was killed when the Dodge Ram pickup truck he was driving reportedly crossed the center line of Route 36 in Banks Township and collided head-on with an oncoming coal truck as the victim was en route to work Thursday morning.

Baker said the collision resulted in the ignition of diesel fuel from the coal truck, causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.

Wehrle signs Constitution Week proclamation

September 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday morning, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle — accompanied by members of the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) — signed a proclamation announcing that the week of Sept. 17-22 is to be held as Constitution Week in Punxsutawney.

Wehrle cited both local and national ties to the declaration, announcing that DAR is a very special organization nationally; that Constitution Week is a very special week in American history; and that the people of Punxsutawney are very proud of DAR.

Young Township doing its part to continue recycling

September 13, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — The Young Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly voting meeting Wednesday.

At the meeting, supervisors decided to take action to help the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority.

Board Chairman Andrew R. Meterko spoke of the committee's efforts.

"We hate to see the recycling bins leave; our’s is used frequently by the borough, so we want to do our part," he said.

To prevent recycling centers from closing and to help defray costs in the area, Young Township will give $1,200 twice at year.

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