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August 15th, 2012

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.

After executive session, council approves sale of Mack fire engine

August 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following the opening of bids and an executive session, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to approve the sale of a 1981 Mack fire engine to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company at Monday's council meeting.

The borough received three bids for the truck on a re-bid, and Elk Run was the high bidder at $3,000, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

White said the other two bids were $2,975 and $2,250.95
Chenoga said that he thought the matter should be tabled and went into an executive session to discuss the options.

13-year-old Syler puts on concert for her biggest fans: her family

August 13, 2012

TROUTVILLE — You may not have heard of Lacy J. Syler yet, but if things keep going as they have been for the 13-year-old country singer, that just may change.

The up and coming country music star, who now lives in Nashville with her grandparents pursuing a career in music, recently put on a show for some of her biggest fans — her family at its latest family reunion in Troutville this past weekend.

"Lacy has had a microphone in her hand since she was two years old," said Connie McCarty, Syler's grand mother.

August 12th

Borough, state police targeting unsafe drivers

August 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In some activities, being aggressive is a good thing — but driving is not one of them.

To emphasize the hazards of unsafe driving, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have been targeting aggressive drivers over the past month.

The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PA ADEEP) Wave 2 enforcement effort continues throughout the area.

Three fire calls, no injuries

August 12, 2012

An oven fire at 3:31 p.m. Saturday at a residence at 105 Woodland Ave. could have turned into a more serious situation if the fire had not extinguished itself.

When Punxsutawney firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was out and the damage was limited to the oven itself.

Shown are Punxsy firefighters Josh McAfoos (left) and Steve Bowser, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company lieutenant, checking the interior of the wall surrounding the oven for possible fire extensions into the interior with the thermal imaging camera.

Way Back When

August 12, 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 19, 1896)

SCHOOL BEGINS AUGUST 31
The Punxsutawney schools will open on Monday, August 31st.

The average small boy will be delighted to know that his long vacation, during which he has added little to his intellectual growth, is about over, and that he can begin again the assiduous process of cultivating his brain.

August 10th

Punxsy man creates display commemorating Korean War

August 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the Korean War commemorating its 60th anniversary July 27, for veteran Richard Bianco, there was only one thing to do — memorialize it in the form of a display in his apartment at Mahoning Towers in Punxsutawney.

“I wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.

“(The Korean War) is ‘the forgotten war,’” he added, borrowing a phrase that is frequently used to describe the event.

When asked if people seemed to know much about the war, he said, “They don’t, but I speak up.”

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