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April 25th, 2012

NEW SIGNALS

April 25, 2012

The end is in sight, as workers from Power Contracting test and activate the new $1.1 million traffic light system on Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney Wednesday and today. In addition to activating the new signals at the four intersections, the video cameras had to be lined up properly in order to identify when traffic is waiting at the intersection for the signal to change. The old traffic signal poles will be removed and sidewalk rehabilitation and reseeding between Jefferson Street and Hampton Avenue will occur where those poles once stood. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

April 24th

Dush carries county; Smith wins race

April 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — In a very close yet stunning race, a Brookville area challenger collected more votes in Jefferson County for the 66th District seat in the state House of Representatives than did the incumbent who has held the post since 1986.

Unofficial results from Tuesday night show that Cris Dush collected 2,402 votes (47 percent) over Sam Smith’s 2,295 votes (45 percent). A second challenger for Smith, Dr. James M. Brown, collected 428 votes (eight percent).

County salutes Punxsy PD for dedicated, prompt work for victims’ program

April 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This week, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office and Jefferson County Victim Services saluted Punxsutawney Borough Police for its hard work and effort in working with the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).

“There are 1,200 borough police departments in Pennsylvania, and the Punxsutawney Borough Police was one of the 256 departments that consistently returned its reports back in 15 days or less,” said Michelle Fusco, county victim services coordinator.

Post 62 donates TVs to hospital units

April 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital received a generous donation in the form of 12 brand-new television sets, six of which will be placed in the hospital’s short procedure unit.

Five of the TVs will go in the intensive care unit, and a 37-inch big-screen TV will be placed in the front lobby.

The televisions were donated by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post 62.

The idea for the televisions came from Cathy Bair, who was in short procedure for the second time when she thought that it would be nice if there had been some TVs in the room.

April 23rd

Borough: Andrekovich to receive $91,109

April 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich will receive $91,109.46 in a monetary settlement, according to information released Monday by Punxsutawney Borough Council.

Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting last Tuesday to award Androkovich money for lost wages, interest on lost wages, mileage and parking but did not disclose the amount at the meeting.

The Punxsutawney Spirit filed a Right to Know request for the information Wednesday, and the borough responded to the request Monday in an e-mail from Borough Manager Ben White.

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.

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