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September 18th, 2012
Monday and Tuesday, students, staff and volunteers at the IUP-Punxsy campus did their part to help out their community and the community of Punxsutawney by holding a votersâ€™ registration drive.
Monday, 96 voters were registered, with four absentee ballot applications filled and a few party changes, event coordinator Carol Asamoah said.
Some of Tuesdayâ€™s volunteers (from left) Maria Ziesche, Asamoah and Tom Crumlish pause for a photo between taking time to talk to students about the importance of being registered.
BIG RUN â€” Several residents of Big Run Borough shared their concerns regarding the lack of a burn ordinance in the borough at Monday's council meeting.
"We are aware as to why the majority of people are here, due to the burning problem throughout the borough," said Joe Buterbaugh, mayor of Big Run Borough.
Nick Lantz, Big Run Council president, said the borough can't enforce any kind of illegal burning without a burning ordinance in place.
Tuesday, June 26, Jeremy Tagliaferre â€” a Reynoldsville native who currently resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts â€”Â set out on a journey that many would never dream of completing: a cross country trek.
A cross country trip by any means of transportation is intimidating enough, as a trip in even the most comfortable car would certainly leave any individual with some aches and pains, but Tagliaferreâ€™s journey followed a less traditional mode: bicycle.
Tagliaferre said the idea for this particular trip was inspired by another he took in 2007 when he hiked the Appalachian Trail.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” State Rep. Sam Smith, the local National Guard, members of the community and the staff of Joe's Drive-In gathered at the restaurant/ice cream shop on Saturday to commemorate the unveiling of the famous giant wooden groundhog.
The groundhog had been taken down for repairs and renovations after it was struck by a vehicle back in April.
However, it's back now and more or less "exactly the way it was," said Joe Sikora Jr., the owner of Joe's Drive-In.
Senior cheerleader Kelsey Snyder presents Head Cheerleading Coach Julie Baun with a check before Friday nightâ€™s game against DuBois.
Kelseyâ€™s senior project was a chicken BBQ to raise money so the Varsity Cheerleaders could purchase "Spirit" buses for the cheerleaders and students to go to away games this season.
The project netted $1,500.
Pictured are (front, from left) Hailyn Fye, Afton McAfee, Holly Waltman, Baun, Snyder, Tessa Spearing, Brittnee Tenon, Morgan Smith; (back) Haley Hartman, Tiana Smith, Kaelee Wyant and Janell Burkett.
(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.)
(September 16, 1896)
SUDDEN DEATH OF JACKSON PIFER
Jackson Pifer, a well known citizen of Clayville, died very suddenly last Monday evening. He was in his usual health, and had brought a load of coal to G.W. Porter's machine shops.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” Growing up, you may have seen roller derby on the television, but most probably think of it as a professional-wrestling-like act, set mostly for entertainment.
But a group of women from across the county have started gathering at the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome for a very different style than has become television folklore.
Chucks fans flocked to the student section of the stands Friday night at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium in Punxsutawney to cheer on their squad as it faced a rival in the DuBois Beavers.
Unfortunately for Punxsy and its fans, the Beavers overpowered Punxsy en route to a 50-6 victory.
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.