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June 26th, 2012

PASR volunteers saved county $630,812

June 26, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a mock check to the county commissioners during the June 26 meeting.

The check, in the amount of $630,812, represented the amount of money school retirees saved the county through the 29,532 hours members volunteered last year in a wide variety of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations. 

June 25th

Old Home Week kicks off tonight behind Punxy Plaza

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.

"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.

TIME TO PICK THAT LUCKY DERBY DUCK

June 25, 2012

Monday, these youngsters — (clockwise from left) Elizabeth Smith, Kaitlyn Lowmaster, Anna Newman, John Mizerock, Gabriell Peles, Rachel Houser and Hannah Fetterman — were helping staff members from the Playhouse Children's Center sort plastic ducks for the upcoming Duck Derby, set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the George C. Brown Community Pool.

History of Old Home Week stretches back decades

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Welcome to Old Home Week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will present the annual celebration beginning Tuesday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

According to “McKnight's History of Jefferson County” and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the celebration was first held Aug. 23-28, 1909.

"During this eventful week, nearly everyone who had ever lived in Punxsy returned to visit, and an elaborate program was carried out each day for their entertainment," William J. McKnight wrote, adding

Oven fire in Rossiter fills personal care home with smoke

June 25, 2012

ROSSITER — A catastrophe was averted early Sunday morning when an oven fire filled the West Side Manor Personal Care Home in Rossiter with smoke.

The fire alarm was called in at 6:11 a.m. Sunday when the oven malfunctioned, said Joe Pisano, Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company chief.

Pisano said he was able to arrive on scene quickly and contain the fire to the oven itself.

Residents of the home were evacuated, and there were no injuries, as firefighters ventilated the structure with an exhaust fan.

Way Back When

June 25, 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
(July 29, 1896)
A TERRIFIC STORM

Western Pennsslvania Swept by Flood and Wind

June 21st

Mock rescue helps pool staff remain prepared for an emergency

June 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, the injury was simulated, but the lifeguards at the George C. Brown Community Pool treated it as if it was real.

For the first time in about three years, staff at the pool staged a mock rescue in order to maintain the skills for when a real emergency occurs.

And with weather that has been seen this week, multiple swimmers at the pool make it all the more important to be prepared.

During the mock rescue, pool co-manager Adrienne Goss posed as a swimmer who dived into the middle-depth of the pool and suffered a neck injury.

THE SHOW STARTS TONIGHT

June 21, 2012

What is the important message that Toad (Dustin Jewell, far left) is receiving from Snail (Jessica Schidlmeier, second from the right)? Mouse (Ilona Ball, second from left), Frog (Doug Fye, center) and Lizard (Jen Soliday, far right) know: It’s that the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” begins its run at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium. The show continues Saturday night, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, and again June 28, 29 and 30. There will also be shows at 8 p.m. July 4-7 at the Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest.

June 20th

Rezoning approved for proposed medical facility

June 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Three parcels of land located along Prushnok Drive were approved for rezoning for a proposed medical facility Wednesday at a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Council first held a public hearing regarding the proposed change in zoning from industrial to town center commercial on Prushnok Drive, where Primary Health Network (PHN) proposed to construct the new, three-story medical facility.

"I just want everyone to know that I'm grateful for the jobs that will be created by this medical facility," said Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president.

Veterans honored with ‘Day on the Water’ event in Brookville

June 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — U.S. Army veteran Bill Kellman was wary.

After hearing about Project Healing Waters, a program which aids in the rehabilitation of disabled veterans through fly fishing outings, he wasn't sure if it was for him.

At the time he learned of the program, Kellman, a Vietnam vet, said he struggled with socializing.

"If my wife were here, she would tell you I never got out of the house," he said. "I would just stay home because I didn't like dealing with people. I had no friends, I had nobody I wanted in my life except my wife."

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