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July 15th, 2012

Way Back When

July 15, 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 5, 1896)

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Mahoning Street to be Paved With Brick this Fall

July 13th

Jefferson County Fair kicks off today

July 13, 2012

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.

While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.

“I’m excited about all kinds of stuff,” said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.

Despite today’s view, brick was tops years ago

July 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As discussions as to the future of Punxsy’s two brick streets — Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way — continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.

“In the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,” said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.

July 12th

Files from Young’s audit turned over to DA

July 12, 2012

WALSTON — The investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds in Young Township has been turned over to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to investigate.

During the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Wednesday, Chairman Andrew Meterko said there was nothing new to report regarding the audit, except that all the findings and the audit from the Cantanese Group has been given to Burkett’s office.

The 'Crisis' continues at Music in the Park's opening night

July 12, 2012

As it did last year, Midlife Crisis — (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar — opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.

July 11th

Punxsy’s Relay for Life is Saturday

July 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Punxsy will not only celebrate life through this year’s event, but also through art.

For the first time ever, Lilly Oncology’s art display, “Oncology on Canvas,” will be on display during Punxsy’s annual Relay For Life, set for this Saturday in Barclay Square.

According to Jennifer Pavlak, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Robyn Shaffer, Lilly will set up 25 canvases and will have the top three pictures on display Saturday.

July 10th

NWS, EMA: Heat, humidity caused Saturday storms

July 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — It wasn’t a tornado or a microburst, just high, straight-line winds, the result of severe thunderstorms that caused widespread property damage in the Sykesville/Henderson Township area Saturday.

Two separate severe thunderstorms warnings were issued for Jefferson County, the first at 4:45 p.m., the second at 6:15 p.m., according to Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County.

Library eyes major renovations

July 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a request to sponsor the Punxsutawney Memorial Library for a grant in order to perform some much-needed renovations to the building, which is part of the Mahoning East Civic Center.

Monday, library Director Coral Ellshoff asked council’s permission for the library board to change the building’s layout and to sponsor the library for a Keystone Grant, which is a matching grant, so the library board must match dollar-for-dollar what the state gives.

Say it isn’t so: Board takes action pertaining to start of school

July 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s hard to believe, but actions taken by the Punxsutawney Area School Board during its Monday meeting indicate that the start of the 2012-13 school year is just around the corner.

Monday, the board approved several purchases in the areas of food service and technology, including a combination (or combi) oven from U.S. Foods for $18,954.

July 9th

Music in the Park 2012 begins Thursday

July 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As has been the case for the last several years, Music in the Park again resumes on the heels of the Groundhog Festival, starting Thursday in Barclay Square and running through Thursday, Aug. 23.

Kicking off the free series for 2012 is the band that kicked off the 2011 series, Midlife Crisis. For the rest of the schedule, see the accompanying box.

Music in the Park was first established a number of years ago by John Serian, who always believed that as long as Punxsy had its own natural setting in which to enjoy music, it would be a shame not to use it.

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