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October 12th, 2012

McCalmont firefighters make learning fun at Parkview

October 12, 2012

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

ANITA — The week of Oct. 7-13 has been designated National Fire Prevention Week, and Friday, firefighters from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company treated the students at Parkview Elementary School to a special program about fire prevention safety.

Six different members from the department — Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven — gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month close to home for local families, too

October 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, which some people believe may not have anything to do with them or anyone they know.

That belief, though, isn't necessarily true.

"Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or parents who share biological parenthood," said Suella Himes, counselor advocate III for the Community Action Inc. Crossroads Project.

Himes said instances of acts of domestic violence include:

CAREER WOMEN READY FOR ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

October 12, 2012

Members and officers of the Career Women’s Club would like to invite local residents to donate blood at their annual blood drive Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at SS.C.D.

The representatives pictured here are (front, from left): Mary Molinari, Helen Whitesell, Lois Vanderpool; (back) Diane Neal, Stacy Volchko, Dena Taylor and Lena VanDyke.

October 11th

Council seeks Fedigan’s opinion on GPS systems

October 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The research is continuing regarding the purchase and installation of a GPS system for Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicles and possibly some others.

The Grant County Sheriff's office in Arkansas has been using the Wireless Matrix GPS system that Punxsutawney Borough Council has been looking at for use here, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief, at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

POPPY DAYS ORGANIZERS SAY ‘THANKS’

October 11, 2012

Last weekend, members of the Punxsutawney VFW Post 2076 and the Ladies Auxiliary participated in “Buddy Poppy Days” to raise funds to help support veterans.

Both organizations wanted to thank everyone who helped and who donated to their cause.

Pictured are VFW Post Commander Jim Dunlap (left) and Ladies Auxiliary member Betty Kotula.

October 10th

‘I Can Cope’ to bring hope to those with cancer, loved ones

October 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Jefferson unit of The American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring another session of “I Can Cope,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the IUP-Punxsutawney Campus on Center Street.

"I Can Cope is the largest single free educational program for adults facing cancer, either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver within the year," said Peg Henninger, R.T.

Henninger said the ACS has been doing this for nine years.

"We've done so well with it because our committee just gels together," she said.

A rare occasion: Today is Ladybug Day — only four such days every 100 years

October 10, 2012

The classic children's show Sesame Street has been in the news of late after being a hotly debated topic at the first round of the 2012 presidential debates this year, but Sesame Street is in the news in another, less-conventional way today as well.

Ladybug Day is the reason the show is receiving national attention today, and a visit to ladybugday.net — a website put together by the Gordon family of Redwood City, Calif. — explains just why today is such a monumental day.

No injuries reported in two- vehicle accident on Route 119

October 10, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday on Route 119 across from Pasquale's Restaurant in Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1999 Ford Escort, driven by Brett Toven of Anita, was traveling north on Route 119, when Toven failed to see a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by John Waters of Rochester Mills, stopped in front of him waiting for a third vehicle that was making a left turn into Pasquale's Restaurant.

October 9th

School board upping facility use fee on weekends, holidays

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area school board approved a motion to add language to the current facility use policy, covering the extra costs associated with use on weekends and holidays.

On weekends and holidays, Business Manager Susan Robertson said, the facility use fee did not cover the expenses of the staff.

Work progressing on borough sewer projects

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The fall construction season is winding down as Mealy Excavating & Construction has been performing restoration work on West Mahoning Street and Horatio Street, following the installation of new sewers.

The West Mahoning Street project is completely finished, and the Horatio Street project is coming together quickly, Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc., Punxsutawney Borough engineers, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Sekula said the base course has been put down, and Mealy will put the wearing course on Horatio Street on Thursday.

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