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October 26th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Many young children dream of growing up and filling the shoes of their mother or father, but it's not always the case that they have the opportunity to do so.
But at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a familiar name â€” Dr. Khalaf â€” has continued on despite the fact that longtime solo radiologist Kamai Khalaf retired earlier this year.
Kamai's son, Omar, who is a homegrown Punxsutawney product, has filled his father's shoes at the hospital, stepping into the position â€” one that few hospitals have.
Ryan Blochberger, the youngest Purple Heart recipient present at the renaming ceremony, and his family pose with the sign that will designate the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge, Friday at its dedication ceremony in Brookville.
Pictured (from left) are: Blochberger's father, Bill Weaver; his mother, Patty Weaver; Blochberger; and his grandfather, Gene Mineweaser.
HARRISBURG â€” The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Tom Corbett has declared a disaster emergency in the state in anticipation of a potential storm that is expected to hit the East Coast early next week.
Residents are advised to stock up on enough food and water for three days and also anticipate potential power outages, along with rain and possible snowfall, according to The Associated Press.
Read more in Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
Details in Saturday's Spirit
EAST END â€” Halloween may mean you have the opportunity to go out to just trick-or-treat, but in the East End it's much, much more. Halloween is an annual celebration.
The fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and is open to all area children, said Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, who, along with her partner, Jan Zamperini, have been transforming their fabulous old-fashioned home into a haunted house.
The East End Trick-or-Treat begins at the East End Bridge and concludes at Cindee's Country Corner and includes State Street, said Lorenzo.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State Route 119 at Hampton Avenue/Ridge Avenue/Clark Street will close in Punxsutawney to replace the railroad crossing.
The intersection will close at 6 p.m. Friday night, and it is expected to reopen at noon on Monday.
The railroad crossing replacement is part of the Elk Run Bridge Replacement and Routes 119 and 310 intersection widening project in Jefferson County.
This $3,351,119 bridge replacement and roadway construction project is being completed by Francis J. Palo, Inc., of Clarion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Improvements to Jack F. Lamarca Stadium are still years in the future, as the Punxsutawney Area School Board discussed aluminum bleachers and a storage building that would be constructed adjacent to the stadium grounds at Wednesday's athletic committee meeting.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
HARRISBURG â€” Recently, PennDOT announced that its driver licensing centers, normally closed on Mondays, would be open on Monday, Nov. 5, the day before Election Day, to serve customers with last-minute Voter ID needs.
Oct. 15, the department along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union representing its driver licensing center employees, announced that those centers will remain closed on that day.
SUMMERVILLE â€” Two Saint Marys residents and one Eldred resident were killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday on Route 28 east of Johns Hill Road in Clover Township, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
One other person, also from Saint Marys, was injured in the wreck.
The crash occurred as the vehicle, a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse, was traveling south on Route 28 in Clover Township.
The unit was ascending an uphill grade when, for unknown reasons, it traveled into the oncoming northbound lane and then off the east berm.
The commissioners welcomed Cindy Cornwell, Jefferson Countyâ€™s new director of Children and Youth Services at their latest meeting Tuesday in Brookville. Pictured (from left) are: Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik, Cornwell, Commission Chairman Paul Corbin and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.
For a full story, see today's print edition of The Spirit.