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May 21st, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council recognized Joe Steiner, Punxsutawney Borough Police warden/dispatcher for his 25 years of service at last Monday's meeting.
"I want to thank you for your 25 years of service to Punxsutawney Borough Police and proclaim May 14 as Joe Steiner Day in Punxsutawney," said Jim Wehrle, Punxsutawney Mayor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thanks to the repeated generosity of area residents, American troops serving in Afghanistan will soon be enjoying a taste of home, as well as appreciating the generous supplies of toiletry and grooming products that they are receiving through the recent drive sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.
Project coordinator Charlotte S. Fye reported that more than 50 boxes, cartons, and bags of "goodies" and health and hygiene supplies were collected throughout the month of April.
CLOE â€” A fire in a cement outdoor fireplace accidentally blew onto the surrounding brush, catching a garage on fire at approximately 7 p.m.
Sunday at the Mike Snyder residence at 122 Cloe-Church St., Cloe, Bell Township.
Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Central Fire Department responded to battle the brush fire, which began in a outdoor cement fireplace where some garbage was burning and was left unattended, accidentally catching the surrounding brush on fire and spreading to an old garage nearby.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police officers are hoping to stop cross parking in the borough.
Police have received numerous complaints as of late throughout the borough regarding cross parking, or parking facing oncoming traffic, with the driver's side of a vehicle facing the curb, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said.
(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.)
(July 8, 1896)
DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS LOADED
A Hen Swallows a Fire Cracker Which Explodes and Kills Her.
BIG RUN â€” The 14-year-old driver and nine passengers in an Amish buggy escaped serious injury when the buggy was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass it at 10:54 a.m. Friday in Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a horse drawn buggy driven by a 14-year-old female juvenile was traveling north on Route 119 when Barbara A. Keller, Big Run, operating a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, tried to pass the buggy when the right front of her vehicle struck the left rear wheel of the buggy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thereâ€™s a lot going on within the Groundhog Clubâ€™s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.
Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circleâ€™s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is â€śFair Weathermanâ€ť Jeff Lundy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrleâ€™s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.
The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.
Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldnâ€™t be attractive downtown.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School â€” 164 students â€” celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.
More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 â€” of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the seniorâ€™s post-graduation party.
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, a Reynoldsville woman who struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene July 19, 2011, was sentenced to time in the Jefferson County jail.
Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, struck Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, with her 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up while Lingenfelter was jogging south on Route 950.
Steele then fled the scene, police said.
Lingenfelter suffered severe injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment, police said.