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April 2nd, 2015

Former student of Boles offers insight into legacy, Variety Show

April 2, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's just about time for the annual Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show.

The show will take place April 9 through April 11 in the PAHS auditorium. Every year, The Spirit gives a preview of some of the original skits that we're likely to see as part of the show.

We're going to bring that to you next week, but for now, we're going to take a look at the person whose name is most identified with the Variety Show — Margaret C. Boles.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

April 1st

Council approves chief's contract

April 1, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy Borough Council approved the contract
of the newly hired police chief at a special meeting held on Wednesday.

James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new police chief at a special meeting held on March 24 in council chambers.

Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, said the motion to approve the contract for retired state trooper James Borza, was made by Aaron Hendricks, council member, and seconded by Brian Smith, council member, and was approved 7-0.

March 31st

Local fire departments beneficiaries of grants from PA American Water

March 31, 2015

The Pennsylvania American Water Company presented five area fire companies with grants on Friday afternoon. The grants were presented by Josephine Posti, APR of Pennsylvania American Water, and Dave Drozd, also of American Water, and will be used to purchase necessary fire equipment that is needed for each fire company. Pictured (front, from left) are Jim Esposito, Central Fire Department; Posti; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; Wendy Peace, Big Run Volunteer Fire Company; (back row) Drozd; and Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.

March 30th

PennDOT gives update on plans for upcoming construction season

March 30, 2015

FAIRVIEW — If all goes well, it appears that it will be a busy highway construction season throughout Jefferson County during the spring and summer driving seasons.

At the PennDOT Community Outreach, Paul Koza, PE, PennDOT District 10.0 assistant district executive/constructions, said in the Punxsutawney Borough, they will remove the Route 119 bridge that travels over the
Mahoning Shadow Trail, which is scheduled to be replaced during the 2016 construction season.

He said the cost of construction is estimated at somewhere between $2.5 million and $5 million.

March 29th

Fire at Lily’s Restaurant ceases operations; restaurant to reopen Monday

March 29, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was right in the middle of the busy lunch hour when a small explosion on the grill shot flames up into the duct work above, causing Lily's Restaurant at 535 West Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, to be evacuated due to a fire at 11:26 a.m. on Sunday.

According to Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, the flames extended from the exhaust fan vent and into the wall and ceiling, causing flames to be seen on the roof.

Wachob said thanks to a quick response, Punxsutawney firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen.

March 26th

Motor short leads to fire scare at Aldi

March 26, 2015

Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were called to Aldi in the Punxy Plaza Thursday afternoon to investigate a possible fire, after a burning smell was coming through the HVAC heating and cooling system. Punxsutawney firefighters are pictured checking inside the suspended ceiling.

For more details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

March 25th

This year's Run/Walk for Someone Special to be a tribute to a man who loved the event

March 25, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.

A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.

This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.

For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

March 24th

Punxsy gets its new police chief; Chenoga retains presidency

March 24, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council, despite a controversial meeting that at one point called for a reorganization of council, hired a new police chief at a special meeting held on Tuesday in council chambers, with an overflow crowd on-hand.

James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new borough police chief following a public comment section period during which many people spoke in favor of hiring a candidate, Matt Conrad, who already works for the department.

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March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Youngsters experiment with science at PAHS

March 24, 2015

On Monday evening, Punxsutawney elementary school students learned all about science at the 11th Annual Evening of Science/Elementary Science Night. This year’s theme was The Luck of The Scientist. High school science teachers Lori Burkett and Jen Weible, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade Science Club advisors; Ryan Hayden, 8th- and 9th-grade Science Club advisor; teacher Paige Zinzella; and members of the clubs taught elementary students all about science. Students went to a variety of different stations where they learned different things about science with hands-on activities.

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