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April 15th, 2012

Borough rejects two bids for Elk’s 1981 engine

April 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council rejected the two bids it received for the 1981 Mack Fire Engine that had belonged to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

"There are other avenues to explore to advertise this engine in fire department trade magazines, where a fire company would offer more money for it," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said at the recent council meeting.

Council passed a motion to reject the two bids, one of $1,216.61 from Jeffrey A. Stauffer, Felton, and a second bid of $875.57 from Robert Zercher, DuBois.

Way Back When

April 15, 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 27, 1896)

REVENGEFUL ROBINS
They Persecute a Cat That Destroyed Their Nest

April 12th

Diners saved as soldier, Punxsy Phil girders stop brakeless Stryker

April 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It can be said that the groundhog — and a soldier — saved the day.

A potential tragedy was averted Thursday when one of the National Guard’s IAV Stryker all-terrain vehicles lost its brakes while traveling down Indiana Hill.

But instead of crashing through the ramp toward a restaurant full of people at Joe’s Drive-In, a steel girder supporting the huge wooden groundhog located at the edge of the parking lot stopped the vehicle’s forward progress.

Cycling Marine seeks Brother to Brother Day for American heroes in uniform

April 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — American Legionnaire Lance Robinson believes Sept. 10, 2001, was “the last day of freedom” in the United States, but now, he’s looking to see that date recognized as something else.

Robinson, a U.S. Marine veteran and resident of Export, Westmoreland County, stopped in Punxsutawney Thursday as part of a 300-mile bicycle trek that he calls the “Honor Ride Across America.”

Punxsy native to perform at Carnegie Hall with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in May

April 12, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Kirk Ferguson’s music career began at a young age, until one day, he made a realization about what he wanted to do with his life.

“What kind of happened was, I knew I wanted to go into performance, and my goal was to be the best trombonist in the world,” said Ferguson, a 1999 PAHS graduate visiting family in Punxsy this week. “And the best players play in orchestras.”

April 11th

VINYL FOREVER: Indiana’s Backstreet among indie spots saluted on Record Store Day

April 11, 2012

INDIANA — Before the cassette tape, the compact disc and the MP3, people listened to music with the help of a decent turntable, a good needle and a 33-, 45- or 78-rpm record.

And Saturday, April 21 — Record Store Day — is a day that independent (i.e., indie) record stores celebrate music in the vinyl medium.

Youngsters invited to join Jr. Groundhog Club

April 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, it’s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.

That’s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Phil’s friends who are 12 and under.

Residents support having officer during public comment with board

April 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsutawney Area School board received more suggestions from the public about the alleged use of drugs in the district, specifically the high school.

Edie Hinkle, Smicksburg, said she wasn’t sure what a resource officer is, but felt something needs to be done about drugs in school.

April 10th

District: No need for officer

April 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following several weeks of criticism from residents about an alleged hands-off attitude about drugs in the district — specifically Punxsutawney Area High School — the Punxsutawney Area School Board fired back at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I take offense that we are accused of having a drug problem in our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, also saying that he felt it was unfair to categorize the district that way with no real evidence.

Two injured in Henderson Township house fire

April 10, 2012

HENDERSON TOWNSHIP — 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.

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