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June 17th, 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.)
(July 22, 1896)
An Aged Man Ends His Life Through Sickness and Despondency
James Buckley, a coal miner at Shawmut, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday morning. He had been in poor health for a year or more, and it is thought became despondent over his condition and while in that frame of mind ended his life.
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” With license sales up 11 percent from last year, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) expects the stateâ€™s most popular bass fishing spots to see a surge in use as the season kicks off today.
According to Rick Vlazak, Jefferson County waterways conservation officer, as of midnight Friday, it became legal to catch and keep largemouth and smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania, as long as they are 12 inches long, unlike trout season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Two of the most popular figures in childrenâ€™s literature, Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad, will come to life with all of their woodland friends when the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild presents â€śA Year with Frog and Toad.â€ťÂ Â
The Tony-nominated musical will be staged at the Punxustawney Area Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. A special family matinee has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite looking for ways to chip away at expenses in its budget, Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board defeated a motion on a recommendation from its Athletic Committee to raise admission fees for sporting events.
The board approved Penny Piferâ€™s recommendation to award bids for fall/winter sports, but defeated a motion to increase ticket prices for admission to athletic events with a 5-4 vote.
VFW Post 9044 changed up its annual Flag Day observance in a number of ways Thursday evening at the War Memorial. First of all, the American Legion Montgomery Post 17 Band, under the direction of Captain Jack Averill, performed a number of patriotic and concert band standards, such as pieces by Irving Berlin, Robert Smith and George Cannon, as well as two pieces, â€śGod of Our Fathersâ€ť and â€śBattle Hymn of the Republicâ€ť in tribute to Post 9044â€™s late past commander, James Soliday.
More than 100 youngsters and family member visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Wednesday for a party to kick off the annual summer reading program, this year titled, â€śDream Big, Read!â€ť They also enjoyed snacks, crafts, face-painting and visits with alpacas from Rainbow Mountain Alpacas. Here, Peggy Johnston (right), the vice-president of the Friends of the Library and summer reading volunteer, paints the face of six-year-old Rylee Grimes, who will start first grade at Jenks Hill in the fall. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Serving as the only provider of obstetrical care in the county, Punxsutawney Area Hospital officials are concerned about a decision by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that could threaten the service.
DPW recently changed its formula for reimbursing hospitals for the care of mothers and their babies.
Until May 1, the state paid an average of $5,712 for the motherâ€™s care and $1,155 for the babyâ€™s care for families on medical assistance.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council has been given a choice to either pay for a study to re-certify the Mahoning Creek flood levee, or have much of the borough classified as a flood plain by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
â€śIf we donâ€™t get the levee certified to the current federal standards, FEMA will decertify the dike as if it doesnâ€™t exist,â€ť said Borough Manager Ben White.
BROOKVILLE â€” Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesdayâ€™s county commission meeting.
Commissioner Jim McIntyre said itâ€™s â€śtoo prematureâ€ť to make a comment; however, they are urging support of the $27.65 million proposed Senate Bill 1466.
The spending plan restores around $500 million in cuts to education, social services and other areas.
Chairman Paul Corbin said the commissioners have been encouraged to e-mail, phone or send a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, urging support of the new bill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.