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August 6th, 2012

A special camp for a special cause

August 6, 2012

ROSSITER — This is the time of year that there are a lot of camps being held by different church groups and other organizations; however, something new is coming to our area: Blind Camp.

Blind Camp will be hosted by Laurel Lake Retreat & Conference Center Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 24.

Laurel Lake Lodge is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and is located at 76 Lodge Rd., Rossiter, just south of the west entrance to Hemlock Lake on SDA Camp Road.

There’s always room for a hot dog!

August 6, 2012

"Hot Dog Days" at Fezell's County Market will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday to benefit the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. The sponsor of the fundraiser is the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, which has a goal of raising $6,000. A hot dog, chips and a drink can be purchased for $2 all week long, and today is a special day, as the community volunteers will also be selling ice cream, and the used book sale will also take place.

August 5th

Hot Dog Days heats up

August 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — That special week that everyone who loves hot dogs looks forward to for the whole year has finally arrived. Hot Dog Days, which benefits the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, will start today at Fezell’s County Market.

This is the library’s largest fundraiser of the year, with a goal of $6,000 for the event, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
today through Friday in front of County Market, said Kathy Smith, secretary for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, which sponsors the event.

SS.C.D. Lawn Festival winner

August 6, 2012

The winner of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox or $18,000 in cash Sunday night at the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival was Tara Covert of Big Run, (second from left).

Shown is Festival Committee Chairman Frank Hetrick (far left) and Covert’s husband, Patrick Covert (right).

The Coverts decided they would rather have the cash than the car.

Way Back When

August 6, 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)

ASSAULTED WITH A COKE FORK
Yesterday evening Andrew Nichol, coal and iron police at Adrian, was called to a Hungarian boarding house to suppress a row.

August 3rd

SS.C.D. Lawn Festival in full gear

August 4, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Saints Cosmas and Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival continues today and Sunday with a variety of events scheduled including the Alumni Social.

Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival, said the annual Alumni Social is tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in Wienker Auditorium.

All graduates of SS.C.D. High School, including those who finished at Punxsutawney High School; SS.C.D. Grade School ; 8th grade graduates and Saint Adrian graduates are welcome, he said, adding that one must be 21 to attend.

Other events for today:

Dangerous crash near Cloe Lake results in ‘minor injuries’

August 4, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — A Big Run teenager suffered only minor injuries when his vehicle drove off of the roadway at 4:35 a.m. Friday Aug. 3 on Cloe Lake Road.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police a 1996 Ford Mustang driven by Justin L. Hasty, 19, Big Run, was traveling north on Cloe Lake Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway while traveling at a high rate of speed.

Police said Hasty lost control, which caused his vehicle to travel off the east side of the road and strike a large tree with the left side.

Big changes coming to Phil Phest

August 4, 2012

The history of Groundhog Day runs rich in one concept: Fellowship. The origin of the tradition is rooted in a group of men spending a day together on a hunt, and in many ways, the Groundhog Picnic has always been a similar event: Rooted in fellowship and a stag event.

Similar to any tradition, though, evaluation and change are always a good thing, and change is coming to this year's Phil Phest, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Gobblers Knob.

August 2nd

MUSIC IN THE PARK BACK TO ITS NORMAL ROUTINE

August 3, 2012

Coal, coke histories run deep in Punxsy, surrounding areas

August 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The coal industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but here in the Punxsutawney area, at one time coal was king.

The history of coal industry in Punxsutawney and western Pennsylvania was the subject of a video presentation followed by a discussion at the Lattimer House hosted Wednesday by the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society.

Shirley Sharpe, Historical Society member, said coal mines originally were like the gold mines out west, where the owner would receive a deed, and the ground and the mineral rites would belong to him.

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