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June 27th, 2012

Firefighters, J&J welcome Arc campers to carnival

June 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were some happy campers at the Punxsutawney’s Fire Department’s Old Home Week carnival grounds Wednesday morning, as a group from Camp Friendship ate food and rode rides at the annual free event.

Every summer during Old Home Week, the fire department and J&J Amusements open the midway up and allow the campers — who range from age six up to 44 years of age — to ride the rides and eat for free, said April Barrick, co-director of Camp Friendship’s Punxsy Camp.

Counties join forces for enhancing 911 switching system

June 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — To save taxpayer money and provide better 911 service, eight area counties have formed a cooperative arrangement that will bring about a new 911 switching system.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County commissioners entered into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project with Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties for establishing and maintaining emergency 911 telephone systems within the territorial units of the participating counties.

June 26th

Old Home Week Carnival opens

June 26, 2012

He wasn’t fire breathing, but the spinning dragon ride on the J&J Amusements midway is big, green and friendly. Here (from left), Nicholas and Olivia Gordon; and Lauren Kent of Punxsy, take a ride on the dragon Tuesday during the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week Carnival, which continues from 6 to 11 p.m. every night through Saturday at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza. For more photos, check out the online photo gallery.

Punxsy alumni ready to strike up the band — again

June 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The first weekend of July will see — and hear — more music this summer, even after the conclusion of the Groundhog Festival.

This summer, former members of any instrumental group from Punxsutawney Area High School are invited to take part in the first-ever PHS Alumni Band, with a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and a performance Sunday, July 8.

To learn how to participate, see the bottom of this story.

PASR volunteers saved county $630,812

June 26, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a mock check to the county commissioners during the June 26 meeting.

The check, in the amount of $630,812, represented the amount of money school retirees saved the county through the 29,532 hours members volunteered last year in a wide variety of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations. 

June 25th

Old Home Week kicks off tonight behind Punxy Plaza

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.

"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.

TIME TO PICK THAT LUCKY DERBY DUCK

June 25, 2012

Monday, these youngsters — (clockwise from left) Elizabeth Smith, Kaitlyn Lowmaster, Anna Newman, John Mizerock, Gabriell Peles, Rachel Houser and Hannah Fetterman — were helping staff members from the Playhouse Children's Center sort plastic ducks for the upcoming Duck Derby, set for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 8, at the George C. Brown Community Pool.

History of Old Home Week stretches back decades

June 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Welcome to Old Home Week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will present the annual celebration beginning Tuesday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

According to “McKnight's History of Jefferson County” and the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, the celebration was first held Aug. 23-28, 1909.

"During this eventful week, nearly everyone who had ever lived in Punxsy returned to visit, and an elaborate program was carried out each day for their entertainment," William J. McKnight wrote, adding

Oven fire in Rossiter fills personal care home with smoke

June 25, 2012

ROSSITER — A catastrophe was averted early Sunday morning when an oven fire filled the West Side Manor Personal Care Home in Rossiter with smoke.

The fire alarm was called in at 6:11 a.m. Sunday when the oven malfunctioned, said Joe Pisano, Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company chief.

Pisano said he was able to arrive on scene quickly and contain the fire to the oven itself.

Residents of the home were evacuated, and there were no injuries, as firefighters ventilated the structure with an exhaust fan.

Way Back When

June 25, 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
(July 29, 1896)
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