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August 17th, 2012

Mahoning Shadow Trail ‘Free and Fun Day’ set for Sunday

August 17, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

FORDHAM — What two things do you hope for most when you learn of an event that may be taking place?

If you said it's free, and it's fun, then you'll want to attend the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association's "Free and Fun Day" to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fordham trail head of the Mahoning Shadow Trail, said Susan Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area Rails to Trails Association secretary.

August 16th

The Sharpe Tones rock Barclay Square

August 16, 2012

The fifth installment of music in the park featured 50's/60's band "The Sharpe Tones" Thursday night in Barclay Square. The Hollidaysburg-based band returned to Punxsy to perform to a crowd of about 350 residents.

They performed such classic hits as "Cara Mia," originally performed by Jay & The Americans, "Monster Mash," "La Bamba," and "Iko Iko."

They are (from left) Oscar "Oz" Stuckey, Denny Ivory and Lorelei McCarty.

The final installment of music in the park will be held next Thursday, featuring oldies/country band "The Moore Brothers."

More Dayton Fair fun

August 16, 2012

Hayden Shoemaker (left) and Lyndon Boyer (right) are shown riding the Wiggle Worm together earlier this week at the Dayton Fair.

Fun and activities at the fair continue today with a premier showman contest at 10 a.m.; the 4-H and Vocational Ag Contest from 1 to 3 p.m.; an animal dress-up contest at 2 p.m.; a freestyle performance to music in the horse arena at 6 p.m.; and a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.

Jeff Tech sees fall in students’ most recent PSSA scores

August 16, 2012

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) testing for Jeff Tech took a downward trend this year.

"We received a 56-page report from the Pennsylvana Department of Education on how to calculate Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)," said Jo-Ann Olszewski, assistant principal at Jeff Tech, at Wednesday's Joint Operating Committee meeting, which was held at the former lumbering building again.

Olszewski said scores for Jeff Tech students went down, which was projected to occur based on the history for this group of students.

August 15th

Under Construction: Sewer line separation project underway

August 15, 2012

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The sewer line separation work that is partially paid for through the H2O Grant that Punxsutawney Borough was approved for, is moving along quickly thanks to the good weather.

"Mealy Construction began work this past Sunday and is working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night on the storm sewer project that is taking place around the railroad underpass and the Punxy Plaza on West Mahoning Street," Brian Sekula, Punxsutawney Borough engineer from the Eads Group, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Hope you aren’t afraid of heights

August 15, 2012

Workers for Keith Tanner Contracting are shown replacing the shingles Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church on Sutton Street in Punxsutawney. Clifford Schall, project supervisor, said not only are the shingles being replaced, but so are some of the facing boards. The work is being performed due to leaks in both of the steeple roofs. Shown are Bobby Lawson (window) and Keith Tanner on the rope replacing shingles. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

The fun rolls on at the Dayton Fair

August 15, 2012

Patrick Durish of Clarion is shown riding a motorcycle on Swank's Steel City Shows midway at the Dayton Fair earlier this week. The fun at the fair continues today with the rides opening at 3 p.m.; harness racing in the grandstand at noon; the junior livestock auction beginning at 6 p.m.; a 4x4 mud bog at 7 p.m. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

August 14th

Council honors four firefighters, Miller for their service to the community

August 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer was awarded the "key to the city," and four members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were honored for their years of service upon their retirement at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

"Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Ryan Miller was given the coveted 'key to the city' for his heroic act when he jumped onto a suspect who had an explosive device attached to his body," said James T. Wehrle, mayor of Punxsutawney Borough.

It’s Dayton’s turn! The fair is underway

August 14, 2012

Bea Barnett (left) and Dallas Barnett are shown riding the Merry-Go-Round, which is part of the Swank Amusements midway at the Dayton Fair. The fair continues today with harness racing at noon; the midway opens at 3 p.m. with Swank's Steel City Shows; the community pet show is at 4:30; a grand cavalcade and six-horse hitch at 5:30; mini-horse fun show at 6:30; and the Lucas Oil pro pulling league will begin at 7. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

August 13th

Punxsy school board continues to discuss potential closures

August 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the notion of closing some elementary schools for the sake of staying within budget at its meeting on Monday.

Jenks Hill Elementary stayed in the hot seat, as much of the discussion centered around it. However, Parkview was also brought forward as a potential closure.

There was some talk of Mapleview as well. However, not as much data was available as of yet in order for the board to fully discuss the implications of such a closure.

Jenks Hill had already been discussed at a prior meeting of the board.

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