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September 14th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Last Saturday, the Big Run VFW Post 9044 hosted 85 runners from nine different states for the 14th-annual Groundhog Fall 50K Trail Race, held throughout the Punxsutawney area.
50 kilometers, which is equivalent to 31 miles, is a long haul, but race organizer Bob Lott said that "Saturday's race went well, even with the rain we had for a large portion of the day. Runners seemed to like the rain. It was the aid station and finish-line workers that suffered through it."
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€”Â The Indiana County Coronerâ€™s office confirmed the death of a local man Thursday morning as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Coroner Mike Baker said 22-year-old Stephen Robert Yamrick of Glen Campbell was killed when the Dodge Ram pickup truck he was driving reportedly crossed the center line of Route 36 in Banks Township and collided head-on with an oncoming coal truck as the victim was en route to work Thursday morning.
Baker said the collision resulted in the ignition of diesel fuel from the coal truck, causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â Thursday morning, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle â€” accompanied by members of the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) â€” signed a proclamation announcing that the week of Sept. 17-22 is to be held as Constitution Week in Punxsutawney.
Wehrle cited both local and national ties to the declaration, announcing that DAR is a very special organization nationally; that Constitution Week is a very special week in American history; and that the people of Punxsutawney are very proud of DAR.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” The Young Township Board of Supervisors held its monthly voting meeting Wednesday.
At the meeting, supervisors decided to take action to help the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority.
Board Chairman Andrew R. Meterko spoke of the committee's efforts.
"We hate to see the recycling bins leave; ourâ€™s is used frequently by the borough, so we want to do our part," he said.
To prevent recycling centers from closing and to help defray costs in the area, Young Township will give $1,200 twice at year.
At their latest meeting, the Jefferson County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring September to be Brookville Area United Fund Awareness Month in Jefferson County. Pictured are (from left:) Commissioner Paul Corbin, Brookville Area United Fund Treasurer Karen Allgeier and Commissioner James McIntyre. Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik was not present for the signing. (Photo by Matthew Triponey of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
SIGEL â€” â€śIâ€™ve always loved books,â€ť local author Colleen Hansen said. â€śMy mom used to read to me from a time that I was very young ... Books have always been magical for me.â€ť
Eventually, it occurred to her that it would be wonderful to write something like that, to be able to take people away and stir their imaginations.
Last month, it culminated in the publication of her first full-length novel, â€śRoses and Moonlight,â€ť on Aug. 4 under the local company Unknown Authors.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even 11 years after the stirring events of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks played out on the television screens of Americans, the importance of remembering those events and those who responded so quickly to help in such a great time of need. Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the Punxsutawney Fraternal Order of Eagles held a memorial service to remember those lost and to commemorate the first responders' brave efforts.
Bob Peace opened the event with a welcoming message, and those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the service.
Last weekend, PRIDE hosted an Apple Pie Contest in downtown Punxsutawney, and despite poor weather conditions over the weekend, the event went over well. The winner was Destiny Sorge of Punxsutawney, who won $50; second place went to Kyle Woods of Mahaffey, who won a $25 Punxsutawney Gift Check; and third place was awarded to Katherine Hartzell of Punxsutawney, who won a gift basket. Pictured are Woods (left) and Martha Jo Rupert, chef and culinary instructor at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, representing Sorge.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the possibility of some combination of scenarios involving closing Jenks Hill Elementary, moving the third grade into the middle school and moving seventh grade into the high school at its meeting on Monday.
Superintendent Keith Wolfe furthered the discussion by bringing along a compiled list of pros and cons of the specific act of moving the seventh grade into the high school.
"There are some definite pros to moving seventh grade to the high school schedule," he said.
Monday evening, a sure sign of summer fading into the fall took place in Barclay Square, where volunteers gathered to take down the bandstand canopy that is property of the Groundhog Festival Committee.
The canopy served many summer events, from the Groundhog Festival to Music in the Park, over the summer months.