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April 23rd, 2012

Indiana County couple wins two Toyotas in national contest

April 23, 2012

INDIANA — It's OK to Carrie and Buddy Orr that the Steelers weren't playing in Super Bowl XLVI, because in the end, the couple from Washington Township, Indiana County, won a bigger prize.

April 22nd

Punxsy Fire Department also has water rescue team to respond in emergencies

April 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the warmer weather returns, more and more people will be spending time outdoors at lakes and streams where water-related accidents might occur, which is why the Punxsutawney Fire Department has a water rescue team.

The team was formed in 1974, and in the 90s, the boat crew and dive team were combined into the water rescue team, said Matt Powell, dive master for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Decorating job a piece of cake

April 22, 2012

SMICKSBURG — Star Wars, Bob the Builder, the Steelers, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, WWE, Pokemon, pigs, penguins, lions, tigers and bears — oh my! All of these designs have been made into cakes by Jessica Fairman, of Fairman's Cakes.

Just about any idea that can be dreamed up, she can make into a cake.
Five years ago, Fairman decided to take cake designing classes at Michael's in Indiana and discovered she really enjoyed the trade. She said she has always had an interest in art and found her niche when she applied it to sculpting cakes.

Way Back When

April 22, 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
(June 3, 1896)

LEG AMPUTATED

April 20th

End of downtown project now in sight

April 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the completion of the paving on Mahoning Street this week, the end of PennDOT’s $1.1 million downtown traffic signal upgrade is in sight.

Workers from Power Contracting, the contractor on the signal project, continued installing the new overhead signage Friday.

The new traffic signals will be activated Wednesday and Thursday, two intersections per day, according to PennDOT Project Manager Kirby Starr, who also said the former traffic light system will be removed once the new lights are activated.

Students take part in safe-driving event

April 21, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Friday, 21 students from seven school districts in Jefferson and Clarion counties took part in the 2012 Clar-Jeff Safe Driving Competition at the Heritage House in Brookville.

The students were tested on perceptual driving, behind-the-wheel skills, Pennsylvania driving laws and vehicle defects.

April 19th

Study: 911 dispatchers at risk for PTSD

April 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The 911 dispatchers who field emergency calls are just as likely to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as those on the front lines, a new study indicates.

The study, completed by Michelle Lilly, a psychology professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and research associate Heather Pierce, analyzed surveys completed by 171 emergency dispatchers from 24 states, the Huffington Post reported.

Scavenger hunt turns criminal in Brookville

April 20, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, Brookville Borough Police Chief Ken Dworek reported to Brookville Borough Council about a senior scavenger hunt that had gone awry.

He said some members of the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School senior class participated in a scavenger hunt that was not a school-sanctioned activity.

During the hunt, Dworek said some students became involved in criminal activity.

Dworek said license plates and hubcaps were stolen from vehicles, and lawn ornaments were smashed; some were valued up to $300.

April 18th

PennDOT: Prepare for spring, summer roadwork

April 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Punxsutawney Phil predicts when spring will begin, the Big Run Peepers tell us when it has begun, but it's not until the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) orange barrels and flaggers show up that we know spring is here for real.

Pennsylvania's Work Zone Safety Awareness Week marked the unofficial start of the road construction season, said Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 Safety Press officer.

Big Run borough to help maintain cemetery

April 19, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council agreed to assist the McClure Cemetery Association with paving and maintenance during Monday's council meeting.

Tom Berryhill, member of the McClure Cemetery Association, said there was a ditch that needed cleaned out, and the road needs oiled and to be chipped or paved.

Bob Buffington, former council member, said he believed an ordinance already exists that indicates the borough will take care of the cemetery and the road.

"We considered it to be a borough street and took care of the plowing during the winter," Buffington said.

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