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July 15th, 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.)
(August 5, 1896)
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall
PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP â 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.
âIâm excited about all kinds of stuff,â said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As discussions as to the future of Punxsyâs two brick streets â Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way â continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.
âIn the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,â said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.
WALSTON â 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 Supervisorsâ 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 Burkettâs office.
As it did last year, Midlife Crisis â (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar â opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The American Cancer Societyâs Relay for Life in Punxsy will not only celebrate life through this yearâs event, but also through art.
For the first time ever, Lilly Oncologyâs art display, âOncology on Canvas,â will be on display during Punxsyâs annual Relay For Life, set for this Saturday in Barclay Square.
According to Jennifer Pavlak, who is co-chairing this yearâs event with Robyn Shaffer, Lilly will set up 25 canvases and will have the top three pictures on display Saturday.
BROOKVILLE â It wasnât 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request to sponsor the Punxsutawney Memorial Library for a grant in order to perform some much-needed renovations to the building, which is part of the Mahoning East Civic Center.
Monday, library Director Coral Ellshoff asked councilâs permission for the library board to change the buildingâs layout and to sponsor the library for a Keystone Grant, which is a matching grant, so the library board must match dollar-for-dollar what the state gives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs hard to believe, but actions taken by the Punxsutawney Area School Board during its Monday meeting indicate that the start of the 2012-13 school year is just around the corner.
Monday, the board approved several purchases in the areas of food service and technology, including a combination (or combi) oven from U.S. Foods for $18,954.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As has been the case for the last several years, Music in the Park again resumes on the heels of the Groundhog Festival, starting Thursday in Barclay Square and running through Thursday, Aug. 23.
Kicking off the free series for 2012 is the band that kicked off the 2011 series, Midlife Crisis. For the rest of the schedule, see the accompanying box.
Music in the Park was first established a number of years ago by John Serian, who always believed that as long as Punxsy had its own natural setting in which to enjoy music, it would be a shame not to use it.