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March 20th, 2012

Work on Graystone Court progressing at full speed

March 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction on the Graystone Court apartments and tower has resumed full throttle after a short winter layoff.

"We stopped in November working on the outside and resumed construction on the towers with the onset of the warmer weather," said Jeff S. Long, developer and owner of Graystone Court Apartments.

Long said work crews have two more floors to construct on the apartment tower.

"We can't hang any drywall in the tower until we get the roof on it," Long said, adding that the roof should be in place within a month, and then the interior work will commence.

Big Run not pursuing mandatory garbage pickup

March 20, 2012

BIG RUN — The members of Big Run Borough Council agreed at Monday's meeting not to pursue mandatory garbage pickup for borough residents.

"We have an ordinance in place; it's not necessary to pass another one for mandatory pickup," said John Niver, Big Run Council member.

Nick Lantz, council president, said most people in Big Run have garbage pickup.

Niver said it was not his intention to have burn barrels banned in the borough through an ordinance for mandatory garbage pickup.

DAFFODIL DAYS

March 20, 2012

Members of the American Cancer Society are shown preparing for Daffodil Days in Jefferson County at the Stello Foods building in Punxsutawney. The Society will be selling daffodils Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Punxsy at Fezell's County Market, Comet Market and PNC Bank; in Brookville at Mike's Supermarket; and in Reynoldsville at Mike's Bi Lo, S&T Bank and Community First Bank. The Society sells daffodils because they are the "flower of hope." Shar N. Hope, the Boyds® by Enesco® bear, is also available at the various locations throughout Jefferson County.

March 19th

Grant funds to provide gambling addiction programs

March 19, 2012

FALLS CREEK — Residents in rural Jefferson and Clearfield counties may be a two-hour drive from casinos in Pittsburgh and Salamanca, N.Y., but gambling is just as accessible with an Internet connection.

More than four years after casinos began operating in western Pennsylvania, the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission is trying to address the needs of people in the two-county region, calling attention to potential gambling-addiction problems.

Council OKs rezoning south side of Union St.

March 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.

Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

March 18th

Big Run names Robin McKee as annual Citizen of the Year

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sunday’s 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.

Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the “Robert L. ‘BoBo’ Davis Award” by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sunday’s festivities.

McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.

Peepers poet laureate offers his insight into Big Run’s annual phenomenon

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.

“I was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,” he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.

“When I’m at a county commission meeting, I’m bound by Roberts Rules of Order,” McIntyre said. “When I’m at meetings at home, I go by Eilene’s (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though I’m the boss.”

WAY BACK WHEN

March 18, 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)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to “Died of His Injuries” from last week.)

March 16th

Ed Skarbek says maple syrup season is over, spring has arrived

March 16, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — Ed Skarbek knows spring is here when he can't make maple syrup any longer.

And it's just about that time, he said last Saturday morning, while showing a group of Cub Scouts how the "real stuff" is made.

"It all depends on the weather," Skarbek said. "You’ve got to have the cold nights and the warm days."

Cold nights and warm days are perfect for making maple syrup, a Skarbek past-time that can be traced through the generations.

At the turn of the 20th century, within a three-mile radius of Skarbek's current camp in Bell Township, sugar camps began to spring up.

Groundhog Festival Committee prepares for its ‘best-ever’ event during summer 2012

March 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are “real close to putting on the best event ever.”

After dedicating “thousands” of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this year’s festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.

“We’re fortunate to have great sponsors,” Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. “People in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. It’s basically what it comes down to.”

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