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July 9th, 2012

Conrad: Board, PAEA getting back on track

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Contract negotiations between groups representing the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) continue, although the two committees will not meet again with a state mediator until Tuesday, Aug. 7.

That’s simply because that date was the one that best suited representatives for both groups and the mediator, according to Gary Conrad, president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board.

“We’re back on track,” he said after Monday’s voting meeting.

July 8th

Microburst downs trees, damages homes, leaves 1,200 without power Saturday

July 8, 2012

SYKESVILLE — Emergency officials said the quick — but violent — storm that ripped through the southern part of Jefferson County Saturday evening leaving hundreds without power and damaging several homes was probably a microburst, not a tornado.

Strong thunderstorms hit the Sykesville and Henderson Township area around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh had issued a severe thunderstorm warning just prior to the microburst, said Tracy W. Zents, director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County.

Groundhog Festival Farewell; see you in 2013

July 8, 2012

Kaden Bergstedt (left) and Cameron Lambert take a fun ride on the merry-go-round at the Groundhog Festival, which concluded Saturday.

Way Back When

July 8, 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
(August 5, 1896)

BOROUGH INDEBTEDNESS
Good Streets Cheaper to Tax-Payers Than
Poor Ones

July 6th

Saturday's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 6, 2012

9 to 10 a.m. – Registration for third-annual Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull in park, sponsored by London Farm Supplies.

10 to 11 a.m. — Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; eight and nine.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. – Michelle’s Magical Poodles.
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Dennie Huber, magic.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons.

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Mike Short Jr. & Statewide Band (country, sponsored by PNC Bank).

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

July 6, 2012

Former members of the Punxsutawney Area High School band are gathering from points far and near this weekend to present the first of what is hoped to become an annual concert by PAHS alumni.

This special event is being held in honor of James A. Colonna (retired), the long-time director of the high school band. The public is invited to enjoy the free concert consisting of familiar selections ranging from marches to pop tunes to show music and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Senior High School on North Findley Street.

North Country Homestead celebrates 10th anniversary

July 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The morning that the world was reveling in a noteworthy Groundhog Day — Feb. 2, 2002, or 02.02.02 — Jodi North and her husband, Scott, were pulling up carpet, and, as she said, “We were not sure what we would find underneath.”

What they found were hardwood floors and the foundation of what today is the North Country Homestead, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday.

July 5th

Friday's Groundhog Festival schedule

July 5, 2012

10 a.m. to noon – Children’s Workshops, Boom Town era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach Room off South Jefferson Street.

11:30 to noon, 1:30 to 2 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Michelle’s Magical Poodles.

12:30 to 1 p.m. — Dennie Huber, magic

2 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 9 to 10 p.m. — Rick K & The All-Nighters (two shows, sponsored by S&T Bank and the Punxsy Rotary Club).

State salutes officer for targeting aggressive driving

July 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer and the department recently received recognition for curbing aggressive driving behaviors in the Punxsutawney area.

“As chief of police, I am always happy and proud when an outside agency recognizes the outstanding work accomplished by the officers of our police department,” Chief Tom Fedigan said.

Fedigan said Officer Patrick Renwick, a five-year veteran of the department, was recognized for his outstanding efforts
during the 2011 Pa. Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. 

FRESH AIR IN PENNSYLVANIA

July 5, 2012

After a long bus ride that departed New York City at 10 a.m. Thursday, the first group of Fresh Air Kids arrived at the SS.C.D. parking lot around 3:45 p.m. to greet their host families for a few weeks of fun, sun and activities away from their urban surroundings.

The family of Kelly and Buddy Ross — which includes Jenae Dawson (far left), Brielle, Ahslynn and Ryon Ross — of Sigel, welcomed Fawziyah Salman (second from left), 11, of Bronx, N.Y.

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