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May 14th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized during the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
Foster parents, board members and local dignitaries all gathered to honor the dedication and care that foster parents provide to youngsters.
The event, hosted by the Jefferson County Children & Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board, is held in May every year as part of Foster Parent Appreciation Month.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It's that time of year to dust off the lawnmowers and cut the grass â and property owners who don't will be hearing from Punxsutawney code enforcement officer Mary McHenry.
"The lawn mowing season began a little bit earlier than last year with the warm weather back in March, which has caused grass mowing violations to start early,â McHenry said.
Many people have mowed their grass a couple of times already, which causes those who haven't to stick out.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The drivers in a two-vehicle accident were injured in a head-on crash that occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday along Route 119 in front of the Country Villa Motel and Wal-Mart in Young Township, police reported.
According to Punxsutawney-based State Police, a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Kristen M. Woods, 29, Big Run, was traveling north on Route 119 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her vehicle to drift through the center turn lane and into the oncoming southbound lane, striking a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John L. Parise, 60, Punxsutawney.
(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.)
(July 8, 1896)
FIRE IN BIG RUN
A House Belonging to Henry Brown Destroyed
WALSTON â The Young Township Board of Supervisors is agreeable about adding more fire hydrants in the township, but seeks an official request from the chief of the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Wednesday, Gary Godak, assistant chief of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company but addressing the board as a township resident, said the department would like to place hydrants in two locations: One about a half-mile from the New Anchor Inn, along Harmony Road/Route 310, and further down the road just before Adrian/DeLancey.
INDIANA â Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored late Punxsutawney businessman and former IUP trustee Ralph F. Roberts with the establishment of a special-use learning area named for him at IUPâs Punxsutawney campus.
May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.
âThe Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,â David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. â Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?
The juryâs still out on that option, but heâs already made a bit of a splash, having been featured on the cover of a catalog for Rugged Butts (for boys) Ruffle Butts (for girls).
Hudson, the son of Deanna (Blose) and Garrett Miller, of Myrtle Beach, was set for some Valentineâs Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tuesday, Borough Manager Ben White presented Punxsutawney Borough Council with an estimated cost to pave and place new sewage lines along Dinsmore Avenue at half a million dollars.
A couple of months ago, council asked him to move forward with an estimated cost to upgrade Dinsmore Avenue, one of the last two brick covered streets in the borough. The other brick- covered road is Grace Way.
REYNOLDSVILLE â Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.
âNow I feel empowered by a bond of love,â he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. âNo drill will ever penetrate this land, and Iâm prepared to stand behind that.â
Cleghornâs rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate â his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-GonzĂĄlez, who died of cancer in November 2011.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday, state police, federal and other officials announced the arrests of several local individuals stemming from an almost two-year investigation into the trafficking of both methamphetamine and Oxycodone.
Police affidavits said, "The source of this organized drug trafficking operation was based in Jefferson County, Pa."
The investigation targeted "high level, middle level and low level dealers/users in the Troop C area," and those arrested include:
âą Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
âą Daniel A. Niver, 41.
âą Theodore D. Reagle, 44.