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August 12th, 2012

Borough, state police targeting unsafe drivers

August 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In some activities, being aggressive is a good thing — but driving is not one of them.

To emphasize the hazards of unsafe driving, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have been targeting aggressive drivers over the past month.

The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PA ADEEP) Wave 2 enforcement effort continues throughout the area.

Three fire calls, no injuries

August 12, 2012

An oven fire at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at a residence at 105 Woodland Ave. could have turned into a more serious situation if the fire had not extinguished itself.

When Punxsutawney firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was out and the damage was limited to the oven itself.

Shown are Punxsy firefighters Josh McAfoos (left) and Steve Bowser, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company lieutenant, checking the interior of the wall surrounding the oven for possible fire extensions into the interior with the thermal imaging camera.

Way Back When

August 12, 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 19, 1896)

SCHOOL BEGINS AUGUST 31
The Punxsutawney schools will open on Monday, August 31st.

The average small boy will be delighted to know that his long vacation, during which he has added little to his intellectual growth, is about over, and that he can begin again the assiduous process of cultivating his brain.

August 10th

Punxsy man creates display commemorating Korean War

August 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the Korean War commemorating its 60th anniversary July 27, for veteran Richard Bianco, there was only one thing to do — memorialize it in the form of a display in his apartment at Mahoning Towers in Punxsutawney.

“I wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.

“(The Korean War) is ‘the forgotten war,’” he added, borrowing a phrase that is frequently used to describe the event.

When asked if people seemed to know much about the war, he said, “They don’t, but I speak up.”

Day care provider Petroff celebrates 30 years of service to town’s youth

August 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thirty years of day care, and Rona Petroff is still going strong on Church Street in Punxsutawney.

"When I first began taking care of children I really didn't understand what day care was all about," Petroff said, adding that originally she had taken a different job and was then contacted by Child Care Information Services (CCIS) to become a child care giver.

August 9th

Young Township residents urge travelers to watch their speed

August 10, 2012

WALSTON — Young Township residents are requesting help from Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police on slowing down speeders on Ellermeyer Road.

State Police have offered assistance over the years and told residents to call them when they need them to enforce the 25 mph speed limit on the residential road that was recently paved, said Ron Walker, Ellermeyer Road resident, adding that if something isn't done, he thinks there's could be a tragic accident.

Pete Betts, township supervisor, said the township put up the speed limit 25 mph signs on the much-traveled road.

Local residents need not look far for fun

August 10, 2012

Members of the Punxsutawney Area High School senior high (top photo) and junior high (not pictured) cheerleading squads participated at the cheerleading exhibition at the Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair Thursday. Events at the Ag & Youth Fair continue tonight with The Moore Brothers in concert and the Guy Uplinger Memorial Compact Car Demolition Derby in addition to the regularly scheduled daily events. (Photo by Tracy Smith of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

August 8th

Check out the new ride: Borough adds dump truck

August 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Punxsutawney Borough recently purchased a good used dump truck through the PennDOT auction.

"Punxsutawney Borough Council had given permission for the borough to proceed with the purchase of a used dump truck through PennDOT," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough Manager at the Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday.

White said the truck that was purchased is a 2000 International single-axle dump truck with 109,000 miles on it that has an aluminum bed.

Enjoying the animals at the fair!

August 8, 2012

Paul Kot holds up Diane Kot so she can feed Melman the Giraffe at the Sykesville Ag & Youth fair Wednesday. The miniature zoo also has lemurs, macaws and a young zebra. (Photo by Matt Triponey of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Library’s summer program celebrates reading with a splash

August 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library Summer Reading program concluded with an award event for the successful participants held at Harmon Field and concluded with a swimming party at the George C. Brown Community Pool on Wednesday.

There were about 140 kids registered for the program this year, said Coral Ellshoff, Punxsutawney Memorial Library Director.

She said there were 110 kids who reached the goal of reading 10 books over the summer from June 1 to Aug. 1.

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