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June 25th, 2012

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)
A TERRIFIC STORM

Western Pennsslvania Swept by Flood and Wind

June 21st

Mock rescue helps pool staff remain prepared for an emergency

June 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, the injury was simulated, but the lifeguards at the George C. Brown Community Pool treated it as if it was real.

For the first time in about three years, staff at the pool staged a mock rescue in order to maintain the skills for when a real emergency occurs.

And with weather that has been seen this week, multiple swimmers at the pool make it all the more important to be prepared.

During the mock rescue, pool co-manager Adrienne Goss posed as a swimmer who dived into the middle-depth of the pool and suffered a neck injury.

THE SHOW STARTS TONIGHT

June 21, 2012

What is the important message that Toad (Dustin Jewell, far left) is receiving from Snail (Jessica Schidlmeier, second from the right)? Mouse (Ilona Ball, second from left), Frog (Doug Fye, center) and Lizard (Jen Soliday, far right) know: It’s that the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad” begins its run at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Punxsutawney Area Middle School auditorium. The show continues Saturday night, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, and again June 28, 29 and 30. There will also be shows at 8 p.m. July 4-7 at the Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest.

June 20th

Rezoning approved for proposed medical facility

June 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Three parcels of land located along Prushnok Drive were approved for rezoning for a proposed medical facility Wednesday at a special Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

Council first held a public hearing regarding the proposed change in zoning from industrial to town center commercial on Prushnok Drive, where Primary Health Network (PHN) proposed to construct the new, three-story medical facility.

"I just want everyone to know that I'm grateful for the jobs that will be created by this medical facility," said Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president.

Veterans honored with ‘Day on the Water’ event in Brookville

June 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — U.S. Army veteran Bill Kellman was wary.

After hearing about Project Healing Waters, a program which aids in the rehabilitation of disabled veterans through fly fishing outings, he wasn't sure if it was for him.

At the time he learned of the program, Kellman, a Vietnam vet, said he struggled with socializing.

"If my wife were here, she would tell you I never got out of the house," he said. "I would just stay home because I didn't like dealing with people. I had no friends, I had nobody I wanted in my life except my wife."

Library celebrates renovations, thanks community

June 20, 2012

BROCKWAY — After a three-year capital campaign drive, and numerous renovations, the Mengle Memorial Library unveiled its new look in grand fashion before 100 people earlier this month.

The library, which serves as Jefferson County's Library System Headquarters, held an open house to highlight the changes that will improve the library experience of every patron.

June 19th

LAUREL FEST QUEEN

June 19, 2012

The 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen’s Pageant was held Tuesday night at Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School. Eight contestants from western Pennsylvania competed for the title, which is awarded annually to a young woman between the ages of 16 and 20. This year, Kathryn Steele (center), a graduate of Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School, was crowned the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen. Shannon Chandler (left) was awarded the place of first runner-up, and Christy Marks was awarded the place of second runner-up. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

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