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March 13th, 2012

Rotary Club goes green for Radio Auction, St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the right bid, you could have the luck of the Irish this Saturday.

The Punxsutawney Rotary Club is going green for its annual Rotary Radio Auction, but that’s only because this year, the annual event lands on St. Patrick’s Day, again broadcast live from BFG Electroplating on WPXZ-FM 104.1.

“It’s on St. Patrick’s Day, and everyone has to wear green when they’re calling in to bid, or we just have to paint everything green before it goes out,” said Rotarian Tom Chelgren.

Chief: No injuries in Troutville fire

March 13, 2012

TROUTVILLE — A dryer fire caused $100,000 in damage to a Troutville family’s home located along Walnut Street Monday.

“It was a working fire when the alarm was first reported by a neighbor at 8:53 p.m.,” Brady Township Fire Chief Russ Perks said.

Perks said flames were coming from the back of the residence — which is owned by Joan DuBeck — when firefighters arrived.

Perks said the tankers were refilled at Weis’ pond.

Frog Man: Peepers peeped, didn’t croak

March 13, 2012

BIG RUN — It’s no surprise, when one thinks of it.

John London, Big Run’s official “Frog Man,” said Tuesday, “If you take all those dates, add them up and divide and look at the average ... the average date is March 19, which is very close to the first day of spring.”

Tuesday morning, London reported that his friend, Bob Fisher, heard the peepers in the Big Run swamp peeping around 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 — just eight days before the official first day of spring, March 20.

“He said they peeped last night, but didn’t croak,” London said.

March 12th

Borough: Curb ramp replacements should be done this week

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work has resumed on the downtown traffic light project, with the cement contractor replacing curb ramps.

Borough Manager Ben White said at Monday’s Punxsy Borough Council meeting that the last of the curb ramps will be constructed this week.

Power Contracting will also resume installing the new traffic signals in preparation for activation within the next few weeks, he said.

As warm weather resumes, so does maintenance on Mahoning Shadow Trail

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During the warmer months, many residents of Punxsy enjoy a tranquil evening walking on the Mahoning Shadow Trail. But many do not know that maintenance for the trail is a year-long, ongoing project.

The Mahoning Shadow Trail is the Punxsy chapter of the Rails-to-Trails Association, which runs along Mahoning Creek for most of the trail, and passing many scenic sites along the way, such as the coke ovens.

As many know, Rails-to-Trails is a nationwide project that turns old railroads into trails for users to walk, run, bike or cross-country ski.

School board continues to seek savings measures

March 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it continues work on the 2012-13 budget, members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board continue to brain-storm ways to cut expenditures and increase revenue, and a historically-unpopular idea was again raised Monday.

Board member Jack White again suggested consolidating elementary schools, saying there is plenty of space to house what he referred to as 190 students, even after closing a building or two.

March 11th

Area streams, lakes prepare for trout season

March 11, 2012

COOLSPRING — The mild winter weather the area has been experiencing brought out numerous anglers plagued with spring "fishing fever" who assisted with stocking of Little Sandy Creek located in Coolspring Friday.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) white trout trucks made their traditional run from Bellefonte to various fishing spots this past Friday with the season scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

March 31, trout waters in the southeastern portion of Pennsylvania will hold their opening.

Five injured in Big Run wreck

March 11, 2012

BIG RUN — Five people were injured around 4 p.m. Saturday in a wreck along Route 119 in Big Run near Mitchell Street, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Dylan Irwin, 19, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 119, and Jodi Campbell, 31, Punxsutawney, was traveling north when, for unknown reasons, Irwin was traveling in the opposite lane of travel and failed to enter back in the appropriate lane prior to impacting Campbell's 2003 gold Cadillac Escalade.

Way Back When

March 11, 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 6, 1896)

DIED OF HIS INJURIES

March 9th

Outage causes 911 Center to activate emergency plan

March 10, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Despite losing its emergency telephone lines, the Jefferson County 911 Center continued to function with an emergency plan overnight Thursday and Friday morning.

According to a statement from the Jefferson County Commission, the 911 Center experienced a telephone outage around 2:10 a.m. Friday at its center in Pine Creek Township.

“Emergency plans were activated, and all police, fire and EMS stations were notified to man their stations until further notice,” the commission said.

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