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June 25th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 âMcKnight's History of Jefferson Countyâ 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
ROSSITER â 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.
(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.)
(July 29, 1896)
A TERRIFIC STORM
Western Pennsslvania Swept by Flood and Wind
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
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: Itâs that the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâs production of âA Year with Frog and Toadâ 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
BROOKVILLE â 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."
BROCKWAY â 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.
The 2012 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queenâs 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)
BIG RUN â Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh presented evidence that Big Run Borough Council had agreed in principle many years ago to take care of the road at McClure Cemetery.
Buterbaugh produced a copy of The Punxsutawney Spirit, dated Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1982, which contained a story written by Tom Chandler, in which Bob Buffington of the McClure Cemetery Association agreed to meet councilâs requirement to prepare the road for oiling and chipping next spring.