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May 2nd, 2012

Old electronics? Don’t junk them; recycle them this Saturday

May 2, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County residents who have old or unused electronics collecting dust in their attics will have an opportunity to dispose of them — properly.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority will hold an electronics collection for all county residents at two locations, Gruda Metals and Miller Welding.

May 1st

Bernadette Peters visits IUP with even more accolades

May 1, 2012

INDIANA — Bernadette Peters performing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Friday is a special occasion in itself, but for this trip, Peters has some good news of her own.

Tuesday, it was announced that Peters — a star of stage, television, concert and recordings — has been chosen to receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award during the upcoming Tony Awards celebration in June.

But prior to that event, Peters will conclude the inaugural season of the Lively Arts’ “Ovations!” series at 8 p.m. Friday at Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Post 9044 salutes PAHS senior for success in Voice of Democracy contest

May 1, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During Sunday’s Loyalty Day program at the War Memorial, VFW Post Adjutant Bob Lott recognized Keaton Mohney, a senior at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Mohney participated in Voice of Democracy, an audio-essay competition last year, and wrote an essay on the topic, “Is there pride in serving in our military?”

Mohney won at the VFW Post 9044 level and the District 19 level.
Her success at the district level led her to compete at the state level in Harrisburg, where she placed sixth.

Rider taken to PAH after crash

May 1, 2012

OLIVEBURG — A Rossiter man riding a motorcycle around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along Route 36 in Oliveburg, was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries after he crashed his bike.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, Kyle T. Bryan, 22, Rossiter, was traveling north on Route 36 on his Kawasaki 250R and was completing a pass when a bungee cord that was holding a coat and cooler bag came loose, and the coat wrapped around the bike’s tire .

Police said Bryan’s motorcycle skidded 105 feet before it overturned, which caused him to be

April 30th

Scarnati talks budget, Marcellus Shale, Santorum

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On the eve of lawmakers returning to Harrisburg to hash out details of Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed 2012-13 budget, state Sen.
Joe Scarnati said there's bright spots and not-so-bright spots.

"Revenues are improving, so that's a bright spot," Scarnati, who also serves as president pro tem in the state Senate, told The Spirit last Thursday.

A $700 million shortfall, however, is not a bright spot, he said, and neither is the slow pace of recovery.

Smicksburg Heritage Society pays tribute to decades past

April 30, 2012

SMICKSBURG — The Smicksburg Heritage Society's museum showcases what life was like in the early 20th century.

The museum has a strong focus on the 1930s and 1940s, which provides a different perspective compared to many museums that tend to focus on the Victorian era.

"There was no colonial period (in Smicksburg); they (settlers) didn't come out here until afterwards, so in 1820 or so, then it really started to get settled," said Lynn Duncan, museum director.

Leadership conference to be broadcast live

April 30, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you consider yourself to be a leader in your field or have always wanted to be, then you'll want to attend the 12th-annual Chick-Fil-A Leadercast to be broadcast live Friday from Atlanta, Ga., at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

"It's a one-day leadership event with 10 different speakers scheduled to talk about the various aspects of leadership," said Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

April 29th

Big Run celebrates Loyalty Day

April 29, 2012

BIG RUN — Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.

"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."

Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.

Community Center now thriving after past financial hardship

April 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two years and nine months ago, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center almost closed due to financing issues.

Thinking about the possibility now, Mick Mumau, center board of
directors president, muses over what a difference two years can make.

It was immediately following the Groundhog Festival in 2009 that the center actually did shut down for two weeks, Mumau said, adding that it would have been bad news for the entire community had the closure been permanent.

May proclaimed as Older Americans Month

April 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.

This year’s theme — "Never Too Old to Play" — emphasizes the important role older adults play in sharing their experiences and wisdom and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.

“Our goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,” said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson

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