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May 8th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor James Wehrle said he plans to veto a change in Ordinance 1120 approved in regard to allowing apartments in first-floor commercial establishments.
A public hearing regarding the change was held prior to the vote, with no one speaking against the ordinance change.
BROOKVILLE â€” Before the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to divide about $990 million in expected tax revenue for human services and other agencies, Tuesday, Children & Youth Services Director Brian Mowrey painted a grim picture of what could come for the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF).
â€śThis is one of the funds thatâ€™s on the governorâ€™s proposed budget for next year to be increased in funding but to be cut before the increase occurs,â€ť Mowrey said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Pedestrian safety has a new look in downtown Punxsutawney with the completion of PennDOTâ€™s traffic signal project.
â€śThe new signals may not seem important to many people, but for someone who has some type of special needs, itâ€™s very important for them to get across the street safely,â€ť Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 press safety officer, said during a downtown pedestrian safety effort Tuesday.
He said with the new system, even a child can now press a button and know where the exact physical location he or she is in case he or she becomes lost or needs assistance.
BIG RUN â€” If there's anyone who has been as consistent as the Big Run Peepers, it's Joe Buterbaugh, who has been the mayor of Big Run for the last 30 years and is currently the longest-serving mayor in Jefferson County following the death of Worthville Mayor Forest L. Mauer in 2009.
"I first became the mayor in 1982, and me and the Big Run War Memorial building still look basically the same," Buterbaugh laughed.
At the 2012 PAHS prom, â€śA Starry Night,â€ť Landon Kauffman (left) and Sara Jane Depp-Hutchinson were named the Prom King and Queen, an annual tradition for Punxsy's senior class.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked, as several vehicles were unlawfully entered within the past week.
Purses, wallets and cell phones, among other items, were removed, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief.
"The thefts have been happening throughout the borough," Fedigan said, adding that the most recent thefts occurred along 500 and 600 blocks of West Mahoning and Pine streets.
Fedigan is urging residents to lock their vehicles and store valuables, especially guns, in a secure location.
(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.)
(June 24, 1896)
A BROAD GRIN
BROOKVILLE â€” The count of write-in votes from Jefferson Countyâ€™s April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.
Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.
PAHSâ€™ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.
BIG RUN â€” A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.
The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze â€” which was later classified as arson â€” but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.