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March 19th, 2012
FALLS CREEK â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
BIG RUN â Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sundayâs 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.
Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the âRobert L. âBoBoâ Davis Awardâ by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sundayâs 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.
BIG RUN â Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.
âI was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,â 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.
âWhen Iâm at a county commission meeting, Iâm bound by Roberts Rules of Order,â McIntyre said. âWhen Iâm at meetings at home, I go by Eileneâs (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though Iâm the boss.â
(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 6, 1896)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to âDied of His Injuriesâ from last week.)
BELL TOWNSHIP â 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. "Youâve 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are âreal close to putting on the best event ever.â
After dedicating âthousandsâ of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this yearâs festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.
âWeâre fortunate to have great sponsors,â Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. âPeople in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. Itâs basically what it comes down to.â
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 26-30 as Weather Emergency Preparedness Week.
Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County, said the week is crucial in preparing the countyâs residents for possible severe weather outbreaks.
â(We need) to be prepared to take immediate action in the event of bad weather,â he said.
Zents also said the timing of the proclamation is also important, because the county is more susceptible to thunderstorms and tornados during the spring.
BROCKWAY â A recent update to Megan's Law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett late last year, means sex offenders in Pennsylvania are now facing stricter registration and notification requirements.
A few aspects of the law, signed Dec. 20, took effect Feb. 18.
One of the changes that took effect deals with homeless offenders, and is a change about which the Rev. Jack Wisor, director of the Just for Jesus Homeless Ministry in Brockway, recently voiced concerns.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, the Punxsutawney Garden Club asked Punxsutawney Borough Council for help in replacing the hayracks that were removed from the light standards for the downtown traffic light replacement project.
âWe feel the beautification projects the Garden Club manages throughout the year make a great deal of difference in adding to the charm of the community,â Garden Club President Gloria Kerr said.
She said there is a fear that to replace the hayracks on the new light standards might damage the new poles.