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July 16th, 2012

Construction expected to start soon on W. Mahoning sewer project

July 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction is expected to begin this week on the H2O grant projects beginning with the West Mahoning Street sewer project.

Punxsutawney Borough Engineer Brian Sekula, EADS Group, said work will be done first on West Mahoning because of the paving work needed following construction of storm sewers, which should help with the high water in the area of the Punxy Plaza when a heavy thunderstorm occurs.

Sekula said the Horatio Street sewer project will be second, and South Main Street will be third.

In other business:

Vietnam War memorial coming to Jefferson County in 2013

July 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Numerous officials and local community groups are working together to bring a piece of history to Brookville next summer.

But it’s not an easy feat.

American Legion Post 102, county officials and interested agencies and individuals would like to bring a moving Vietnam War memorial wall to Brookville for a five-day stay from Aug. 21-25, 2013.

At a cost of almost $80,000 however, it’s going to take a lot of work and community support to see the goal through, Brookville American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Secretary Valerie Zents said.

July 15th

Community rallies for another successful Relay for Life

July 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — What is it that helps Punxsy's Relay for Life achieve its goals, despite the economy and the weather?

It's an easy answer: The community and the Relay for Life teams.

This past Saturday, 27 registered teams in Punxsy's Relay for Life raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society during its eighth-annual event, surpassing its goal of $86,000 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Teams have until July 31 to submit their earnings, which will only push the overall total even higher.

Way Back When

July 15, 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)

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall

July 13th

Jefferson County Fair kicks off today

July 13, 2012

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.

While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.

“I’m excited about all kinds of stuff,” said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.

Despite today’s view, brick was tops years ago

July 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As discussions as to the future of Punxsy’s two brick streets — Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way — continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.

“In the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,” said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.

July 12th

Files from Young’s audit turned over to DA

July 12, 2012

WALSTON — The investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds in Young Township has been turned over to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to investigate.

During the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Wednesday, Chairman Andrew Meterko said there was nothing new to report regarding the audit, except that all the findings and the audit from the Cantanese Group has been given to Burkett’s office.

The 'Crisis' continues at Music in the Park's opening night

July 12, 2012

As it did last year, Midlife Crisis — (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar — opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.

July 11th

Punxsy’s Relay for Life is Saturday

July 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Punxsy will not only celebrate life through this year’s event, but also through art.

For the first time ever, Lilly Oncology’s art display, “Oncology on Canvas,” will be on display during Punxsy’s annual Relay For Life, set for this Saturday in Barclay Square.

According to Jennifer Pavlak, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Robyn Shaffer, Lilly will set up 25 canvases and will have the top three pictures on display Saturday.

July 10th

NWS, EMA: Heat, humidity caused Saturday storms

July 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — It wasn’t a tornado or a microburst, just high, straight-line winds, the result of severe thunderstorms that caused widespread property damage in the Sykesville/Henderson Township area Saturday.

Two separate severe thunderstorms warnings were issued for Jefferson County, the first at 4:45 p.m., the second at 6:15 p.m., according to Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County.

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