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June 19th, 2011
BIG RUN â A massive fire may have devastated the business that has been in his family more than 30 years, but Big Run Carpet owner Jeff London said he'll sell carpet from his barn, his garage or a tent if he must.
âI have already been on the phone with three sales representatives,â he said Sunday afternoon, just hours after the major fire all but destroyed the business. âThey'd better be bringing me samples tomorrow. I'll be selling out of a tent if I have to.
OLIVEBURG â A truck in the driveway of a burning house caused responders to fear the worst during a fire early Saturday in Oliveburg.
Luckily, their fears of someone trapped inside the home along Route 36 were unfounded.
"We knew the owner drove a car, and she wasn't in there, but (we initially thought) maybe someone else was in there, " Bruce Baughman, Oliver Township Fire chief, said.
But once firefighters were able to enter the home, he said, they were able to determine that no one was inside the residence at the time the fire broke out.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 4, 1896
IN SEARCH OF GOLD
Two Prospectors from Punxsutawney Go to Alaska
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For anyone who thinks thereâs no a difference between fighting wildfires and structure fires, just ask Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense, who will conclude his tenure as chief at the end of the year.
Hense, who works full-time for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Bureau of Forestry, recently returned from battling wildfires in Texas.
He said he was never scared while battling the blazes, but he was concerned.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council has been approved to receive a $400,000 H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the South Main Street sewer project.
Monday, borough engineer Brian Sekula, of The the EADS Group, said the total cost for the project is $795,500.
Sekula said in discussions with DCED, the $400,000 could be switched to the West Mahoning Street project, and the borough could receive money for a reduced project for South Main Street.
BROOKVILLE â This week, the Jefferson County Commissioners said eliminating the positions of jury commissioner would save the county $12,000.
âTwelve-thousand dollars â that is the savings. That, in and of itself, is enough for me,â commissioner Jim McIntyre said.
The elimination of this position is a statewide movement proposed a few years ago. It has passed in the state House of Representatives and is now in the state Senate.
County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin called the position a âduplication of services.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The kickoff of the first-ever âThird Thursdayâ Festival sponsored by PRIDE began Thursday night, but the weather had something to say about it. But despite the downpour of rain throughout the day, it did not stop local community members and downtown Punxsy businesses from coming out and supporting the event.
Participating businesses offered free hors dâoeuvres, desserts and drinks. Most businesses even promoted a sale on merchandise.
The next âThird Thursdayâ Festival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, with all festivities being held on Mahoning Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For its summer show, the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild Inc. offers a unique production that alternately arouses thought, laughter and a variety of emotions.
Thornton Wilderâs âThe Skin of Our Teethâ will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 25, 30, July 1 and 2 at the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. A matinee has been set for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. The busy troupe will then move to the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest where shows will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 6-9.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tom Poore was convinced that the 1944 Punxsutawney High School class ring that his father found near West Palm Beach, Fla., in the early 1970s belonged to Blair Richards.
The only person who wasnât convinced that the ring was his, was Blair Richards.
âI thought it was a scam,â Richards said Wednesday evening, just a few hours after Poore drove all the way from Roseland, Fla., to return the ring to him. âHe called me a year ago, and I didnât believe him.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council discussed the proposed Sawmill Run bridge replacement Monday, with a consensus that closing areas of West Mahoning Street completely for three months was a better option than dealing with 10 temporary traffic signals for nine months.
Public Works Chairman Roger Steele said the bridge replacement will take place during the 2012 construction season.