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June 12th, 2012

Commission mum on state budget predictions

June 12, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Although the state budget is due to be completed June 30, Jefferson County Commissioners were hesitant to offer comments during Tuesday’s county commission meeting.

Commissioner Jim McIntyre said it’s “too premature” 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.

DAR names Katie Laska recipient of Community Service Award

June 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.

June 11th

Family members, pets uninjured in Pine St. fire

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a house on Pine Street Monday afternoon continues today.

The house at 217 Pine St., owned by Richard White, had heavy smoke showing from the eaves when firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:45 p.m., according to Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Elk Run Chief Doug McAfoos was one of the first officers on scene, and said when he arrived, there was smoke coming from the structure.

Group cites Punxsy district for support of National Guard, Reserve

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy school Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said he took part in ROTC as a college student, but that was his closest experience with the military until he took part in a program offered by the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit Animal Hospital for care of abandoned dogs

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.

Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase “Stop Animal Cruelty” and sold them over the past three weeks.

The shirts — designed by Standard Pennant — sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, “Stomp Out Animal Cruelty.”

Library kicks off Summer Reading with party Wednesday

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library will kick off its free summer reading program, “Dream Big, Read!” with an opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Among the highlights of the party will be two alpacas, games and other activities. Youngsters from ages one-and-a-half years to tweens (ages nine to 12) can also register for the program, which officially begins Wednesday, June 20.

The schedule is as follows:

June 10th

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.

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