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June 10th, 2012

Fire destroys barn, Jeep

June 10, 2012

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.

"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.

Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.

Way Back When

June 10, 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 22, 1896)

ROBERT CLARKE DEAD

Law enforcement members learn important crisis training

June 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police, corrections and probation officers from Jefferson and Clearfield counties recently graduated from The Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training that was held at the IUP Punxsutawney campus.

The Right Turn Program is a joint effort of the Clearfield and Jefferson County Criminal Justice Advisory boards, said John Brown, instructor and police officer for Clearfield and Punxsutawney.

Brown said the purpose of the program is to teach officers how to handle people who are in crisis situations or have behavioral problems. 

June 8th

Former owner of closed KFC stores alleges harassment, discrimination

June 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — When the doors to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Punxsutawney closed in March, it signified only the beginning of numerous closings for a local franchise.

KFC restaurants in Brookville, DuBois and Clarion recently followed suit after several disputes between the stores’ franchisee and KFC Corporate.

Ganesh Rao and his wife, Gita Rao, of Rao’s Hospitality felt forced to close the stores, which number 14, after experiencing what he feels was “harassment and discrimination” from KFC Corporate.

Because of the closings, 239 jobs were lost.

Alvin Kendall’s garden features fountain, bridge, anti-Y2K cannon

June 8, 2012

BIG RUN — Alvin Kendall doesn’t spend the fall and winter planning what will go into his garden during the spring and summer.

“I start early when the weather fits,” he said at his home along Main Street in Big Run. “I have no schedules.”

Kendall’s schedule-less work plan has paid off, as it has been cited as the Punxsutawney Garden Club’s “Garden of the Month” for May, and the first of 2012.

Born, raised and still living in Big Run, Kendall has lived in his house since 1964, where the backyard was previously a vegetable garden, “but I don’t play with vegetables,” he said.

June 7th

Police cite Ohio woman for abandoning dogs near Stump Creek

June 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just a few weeks after 17 dogs — 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher, among others — were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.

According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus, Ohio.

SINGING MOLES

June 7, 2012

The moles of “A Year with Frog and Toad” — (from left) Jen Soliday, Ilona Ball, Laura Chelgren and Sierra Dinger — are rehearsing now, but they will soon be ready to tell you about the adventures of Frog and Toad when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents its summer show at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, as well as a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee June 24 at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium.

June 6th

PennDOT: No-turn-on-red signs won’t be removed

June 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee discussed a response to its letter from the PennDOT District 10 traffic engineer regarding the “no-turn-on-red” signs installed as part of the recent traffic signal project.

Borough Manager Ben White explained that council directed him to write to PennDOT District 10 about the signs, and the borough received a response from District 10 Traffic Engineer David Tomaswick.

PASR renews, recognizes during spring dinner

June 6, 2012

BROCKWAY — Renewal and recognition were the underlying themes of the spring banquet of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Members gathered at the St. Tobias Church hall in Brockway May 23 as part of the ongoing commemoration of PASR’s 75th anniversary.

June 5th

Detour for Margiotti project begins Monday

June 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Summer’s first official roadwork detour begins Monday, when PennDOT will close one lane of Margiotti Bridge for a rehabilitation project.

Southbound traffic on the bridge will be maintained, while northbound traffic will have to travel the detour on Route 119, down Indiana Hill and down West Mahoning Street to North Main Street, Borough Manager Ben White said during Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.

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