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May 20th, 2012

Outdoor fireplace garbage burn turns into brush fire

May 20, 2012

CLOE — A fire in a cement outdoor fireplace accidentally blew onto the surrounding brush, catching a garage on fire at approximately 7 p.m.
Sunday at the Mike Snyder residence at 122 Cloe-Church St., Cloe, Bell Township.

Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Central Fire Department responded to battle the brush fire, which began in a outdoor cement fireplace where some garbage was burning and was left unattended, accidentally catching the surrounding brush on fire and spreading to an old garage nearby.

Borough police cracking down on potentially dangerous parking

May 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police officers are hoping to stop cross parking in the borough.

Police have received numerous complaints as of late throughout the borough regarding cross parking, or parking facing oncoming traffic, with the driver's side of a vehicle facing the curb, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said.

Way Back When

May 20, 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 8, 1896)

DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS LOADED
A Hen Swallows a Fire Cracker Which Explodes and Kills Her.

May 18th

Minor injuries reported in buggy, Jeep accident

May 18, 2012

BIG RUN — The 14-year-old driver and nine passengers in an Amish buggy escaped serious injury when the buggy was struck by a vehicle attempting to pass it at 10:54 a.m. Friday in Big Run.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a horse drawn buggy driven by a 14-year-old female juvenile was traveling north on Route 119 when Barbara A. Keller, Big Run, operating a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, tried to pass the buggy when the right front of her vehicle struck the left rear wheel of the buggy.

Club welcomes Dunkel, promotes Lundy, plans for new event and look at the Knob

May 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There’s a lot going on within the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle: A new member, a promotion, a retirement and a new take on a long-time, late-summer event.

Tom Dunkel is the Inner Circle’s newest member, succeeding now-former Vice-President Mike Johnston, who has accepted emeritus status after 20 years with the club. Taking on the role of vice-president is “Fair Weatherman” Jeff Lundy.

Council tables vote to override mayor’s veto

May 18, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to table a vote overriding Mayor Jim Wehrle’s veto of the change in Ordinance 1120.

The change would permit apartments in first-floor commercial establishments in the town center commercial district.

Council member Eric Story said a change to Ordinance 1120 has been
brought up three times, and there were some comments made at the last meeting that people who would live in first-floor apartments would sit on the sidewalk in lawn chairs, which wouldn’t be attractive downtown.

May 17th

Tiny Class of 2012 celebrates big victories

May 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of the smallest classes in the history of Punxsutawney Area High School — 164 students — celebrated big accomplishments during the annual Class Night event Thursday.

More than half of the members of the PAHS Class of 2012 received awards and scholarships Thursday, and they also celebrated that despite its small numbers, it hosted the highest-grossing, most-profitable Variety Show in the history of the event, raising $19,425.84 — of which half will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Scholarship Foundation, and the other half will go toward the senior’s post-graduation party.

Woman sentenced for hit and run that injured Falls Creek jogger

May 17, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, a Reynoldsville woman who struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene July 19, 2011, was sentenced to time in the Jefferson County jail.

Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, struck Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, with her 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up while Lingenfelter was jogging south on Route 950.

Steele then fled the scene, police said.

Lingenfelter suffered severe injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment, police said.

Animal Hospital caring for dogs found abandoned near Stump Creek

May 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A number of dogs that were apparently abandoned last weekend were rescued by area residents in the woods near Stump Creek.

Last Sunday, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police called the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney and asked if staff could keep a stray dog overnight, said Katelyn Hidinger, veterinarian technician at the hospital.

“By the time it was all said and done, there were 16 dogs that are being kept at the animal hospital,” Hidinger said.

The dogs that were taken in include a miniature pincher; two shih tzus; and 13 pomeranians.

May 16th

Judge sentences Overbeck to 19 1/2 to 40 years in prison for Big Run arsons

May 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, Judge John H. Foradora sentenced a former Big Run Volunteer Fire Department member to 19 1/2 to 40 years in a state correctional facility on numerous arson charges.

Anthony Overbeck, Big Run, was arrested Aug. 10, 2011, and charged with a number of crimes that included arson and related offenses in connection with a fire at a two-story unoccupied residence at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Union Street in Big Run. He also confessed to seven other fires that occurred in the Big Run area last year, including one that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011.

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