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April 8th, 2012

PASR urges county to support the troops

April 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Spring traditionally is regarded as the season of hope, so that is why members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) are once again sponsoring a drive to Support the Troops.

From now through April 30, the organization, in cooperation with five donation sites throughout the area, will be collecting hygiene and snack items to send to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan.

Way Back When

April 8, 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
(May 27, 1896)

A STRANGE ACCIDENT

April 6th

Elsie Goss celebrates 100th birthday

April 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Friday, April 6, Elsie Goss reached a milestone that few people ever see: Living to see the age of 100.

For this occasion, Friday, Mrs. Goss celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends — as well as cake, decorations and all the traditional birthday favors — at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

The Mulberry Square staff also took the time to gather 100 balloons for the special occasion.

Helen Caylor turns 100 years young on Easter Sunday

April 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Helen Caylor has seen a lot in her life, such as the Great Depression, the invention of the TV and the Internet, the assassination of JFK, and many other events. And Easter Sunday, April 8, she will turn 100 years old.

Mrs. Caylor was raised in Grange and is a 1931 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

She still enjoys many hobbies, such as reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, tatting and knitting, but she is most known for her favorite hobby: Quilting. She was taught by her grandmother when she was in grade school.

Board OKs reimbursement for successful summer school completion

April 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a lengthy discussion, the Punxsutawney Area School Board agreed to charge parents/students for all classroom, cyber-school and Behind the Wheel Driver Education classes and receive reimbursement if the student completes the course.

“Everything concerning summer school is about students not being able to schedule all their classes and some extracurricular activities, too, during the regular school year,” PAHS Principal David London told the board during a recent meeting.

April 5th

Jefferson County proclaims April as Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Last Friday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer for Western PA CARES for Kids, said she appreciated the month-long recognition, but reminds county residents that child abuse occurs every day.

“I think it’s important that we as a community are watching out for children and are aware that it’s happening all the time,” she said.

Council members question turning signs at intersections

April 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The end is in sight for the PennDOT traffic signal project, with paving scheduled. But some members of Punxsutawney Borough Council have questions regarding the new no-turn-on-red signs placed at two of the downtown intersections.

Milling, paving and line painting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the week of April 16-20, Borough Manager Ben White said at Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting, while the traffic signal turn-ons are scheduled for April 25-26 at two intersections per day.

April 4th

Lady Chucks win a dramatic duel at St. Marys

April 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks this year seem to have a flair for the dramatic — especially one Lady Chuck, in particular.

After hitting a pair of buzzer-beating, game-winning shots in her senior campaign for basketball, Alex Magill played a key role in the Lady Chucks' 2-1 win over the St. Marys Lady Dutch Wednesday in St. Marys.

With two outs in the top of the seventh and a runner on third — fellow senior Tori Martin — Magill successfully squeezed Martin home and reached first for just the third Punxsy hit of the game.

House OKs Smith’s bill to trim state Legislature

April 4, 2012

HARRISBURG — The state House voted Wednesday 140-49 to cut its own ranks from 203 to 153, and to reduce the number of senators from 50 to 38.

“I believe that by reducing the size the House, it will make the legislative process more efficient, because members would communicate better and understand the other person’s problem,” said Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Armstrong/Indiana), who authored the bill. “And I think that will create better legislation at the end of the day.”

With 253 members, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the second-largest in the country.

ALL READY FOR EASTER

April 4, 2012

Just in time for Easter, Jeanne Curtis, Punxsy’s resident expert on the art of pysanky eggs, finally has her PT Cruiser eggs-actly the way she wants it, complete with pysanky egg decals placed on the body to match the eggs she is known for designing in the area.

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