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April 10th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following several weeks of criticism from residents about an alleged hands-off attitude about drugs in the district â€” specifically Punxsutawney Area High School â€” the Punxsutawney Area School Board fired back at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śI take offense that we are accused of having a drug problem in our schools,â€ť said Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, also saying that he felt it was unfair to categorize the district that way with no real evidence.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” The cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a home at 165 Pine Dr., Henderson Township, is undetermined, according to the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
The fire began at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday in the garage at the home owned by Robert Dominick, said Charles Gross, fire marshal.
The alarm was turned in by a neighbor, and both occupants were able to evacuate the home, which was heavily damaged by the blaze.
Gross said the fire began in the garage, which was completely destroyed in the blaze, thus hindering the investigation.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Saturday, the Punxsutawney Country Club will take a step back in time to an era when mobsters and flappers were the talk of the town.
â€śThe Mobsters, Molls and Marinaraâ€ť dinner theater show will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Punxsutawney Country Club by Mysteryâ€™s Most Wanted, a Pittsburgh-based murder mystery theater group.
Take some mystery, add some comedy and a large helping of improv, and you have all the ingredients to a Mysteryâ€™s Most Wanted show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During their monthly meeting Monday, several of the members of Punxsutawney Borough Council said they supported the idea of a police resource officer at Punxsutawney Area High School, but asked who is going to pay for it.
â€śThereâ€™s a need for a resource officer to assist with the prevention of crime at the high school,â€ť said Georgette Pennington, a concerned parent who, last month, discussed her concerns with the Punxsutawney Area School Board.
Pennington said a police resource officer would help expand crime prevention with students and in the community, as well.
BROOKVILLE â€” This week, Americaâ€™s libraries are taking a proactive approach to promoting literacy.
From April 8 to 14, libraries across the country â€” including the Jefferson County Library System â€” will celebrate National Library Week.
â€śWe want to let our community residents know libraries are not just recreation,â€ť Mengle Memorial Library Director Darlene Marshall said.
â€śWeâ€™ve got education, and our schools depend on our libraries. When the cuts in the school funding happen, they turn more to libraries.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” So, do you have an overdue library book somewhere in your house?
This is your week to return it to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” no fines, no questions asked.
Fine-Free Week is part of the Punxsy libraryâ€™s recognition of National Library Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday across the United States.
Recently, the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners declared this week National Library Week in the county.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Spring traditionally is regarded as the season of hope, so that is why members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) are once again sponsoring a drive to Support the Troops.
From now through April 30, the organization, in cooperation with five donation sites throughout the area, will be collecting hygiene and snack items to send to members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan.
(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.)
(May 27, 1896)
A STRANGE ACCIDENT
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, April 6, Elsie Goss reached a milestone that few people ever see: Living to see the age of 100.
For this occasion, Friday, Mrs. Goss celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends â€” as well as cake, decorations and all the traditional birthday favors â€” at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
The Mulberry Square staff also took the time to gather 100 balloons for the special occasion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Helen Caylor has seen a lot in her life, such as the Great Depression, the invention of the TV and the Internet, the assassination of JFK, and many other events. And Easter Sunday, April 8, she will turn 100 years old.
Mrs. Caylor was raised in Grange and is a 1931 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.
She still enjoys many hobbies, such as reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, tatting and knitting, but she is most known for her favorite hobby: Quilting. She was taught by her grandmother when she was in grade school.