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May 14th, 2012

CYS board honors two couples as Foster Parents of the Year

May 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

May 13th

With warm weather here, residents reminded of code violations

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's that time of year to dust off the lawnmowers and cut the grass — 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,” McHenry said.

Many people have mowed their grass a couple of times already, which causes those who haven't to stick out.

Two injured in Route 119 wreck

May 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

May 13, 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
(July 8, 1896)

FIRE IN BIG RUN
A House Belonging to Henry Brown Destroyed

May 11th

Supervisors looking to add more fire hydrants in township

May 11, 2012

WALSTON — 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.

Special-use learning area named in honor of Ralph F. Roberts

May 11, 2012

INDIANA — 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 IUP’s Punxsutawney campus.

May 10, the IUP Council of Trustees approved the establishment of the Ralph F. Roberts Heritage Learning Commons.

“The Roberts family, and especially Ralph Roberts, have been longtime supporters of IUP,” David Osikowicz, IUP Council of Trustees chairman, said.

Son of local natives makes modeling debut for catalog

May 11, 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Is there a modeling career in the works for two-year-old Hudson Miller?

The jury’s still out on that option, but he’s 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 Valentine’s Day shots by an up-and-coming local photographer who thought he had what it took for child modeling.

May 10th

White: $500K for work on Dinsmore Avenue

May 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Paradise Gardens & Farm owner refutes drilling in honor of wife, nature

May 10, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — Thursday, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn staged a little rebellion of his own, but it was an emotional one.

“Now I feel empowered by a bond of love,” he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. “No drill will ever penetrate this land, and I’m prepared to stand behind that.”

Cleghorn’s rebellion came with a declaration without weapons, and as well as with the spirit of his No. 1 confederate — his wife, Dr. Lucinda Hart-González, who died of cancer in November 2011.

May 9th

Police make arrests at ‘the source’ of drug trafficking ring

May 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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:

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• Cindy D. Pifer-Collarini, 43.
BIG RUN
• Daniel A. Niver, 41.
• Theodore D. Reagle, 44.

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