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February 14th, 2012

Fairy-tales meet reality in PAHS Drama Club’s show

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The three-year-old PAHS Drama Club is preparing its third production, “Once Upon A High School,” which runs at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.

The play, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, explores two different worlds: The world of fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc., and a reality-based world familiar to high school students of today.

County OKs its portion of Corbett gas law

February 15, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Monday night, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a long-debated bill that imposes an impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas extraction.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners completed their part in the process by passing an ordinance that will give authority to municipalities and townships in the county to pass a resolution which will allow county municipalities and townships to receive impact money.

Borough, PennDOT to partner on sewer project

February 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council and PennDOT will replace the sanitary sewer line that is part of a combined system during the replacement of the Elk Run Route 119 bridge this summer.

Engineer Brian Sekula told council that the borough would be responsible for half of the cost to move the former combined sewer line and replace it with a new sanitary line if it partnered with PennDOT.

Sekula said if the borough were to do the project by itself, it would cost $200,000. If PennDOT and the borough partner in the replacement, the cost would be $100,000.

February 13th

Officer: Thanks to K-9 unit, drug dealers tend to avoid St. Marys

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just months after a presentation by Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his K-9 unit, Bret, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met yet another four-legged officer during its meeting Monday.

St. Marys City Police Officer Mike Shaffer introduced his K-9 unit, Copper, to the board Monday and said having the K-9 unit in St. Marys and the surrounding area has proven to deter people from bringing drugs into the area.

St. Marys is not a huge area, Shaffer said, but noted that he makes dozens of drug arrests per year, but mostly outside the city.

Council OKs hearing for rezoning

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved holding 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.

Members of the borough’s Planning & Zoning Commission passed a motion at their Jan. 25 meeting, which recommended to council permitting the temporary occupancy for the Shumaker property to allow a temporary variance beauty shop in the traditional neighborhood district, pending approval by Solicitor Jay Lundy.

Punxsy Historical Society welcomes History Center’s Civil War exhibit

February 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a collaborative effort, two local historical societies are taking the history of the American Civil War and shrinking it down to a local, Jefferson County perspective.

From now through October, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society will provide local residents with “Drumbeat to War,” an exhibit that was previously housed at the Jefferson County History Center (JCHC) in Brookville.

February 12th

Young supervisors dealing with broken pumps

February 12, 2012

WALSTON — Recently, the Young Township Board of Supervisors discussed what to do about replacing 12-year-old grinder pumps throughout the township that continue to break down.

Chairman Andrew Meterko said there is a grinder pump that goes down every time there's a function at one of the churches in the township. The sewer department/township is obligated to repair or replace the grinder pump due to an incentive to encourage residents to sign up for sewage in the township.

He said the reason that many of the pumps burn up is because people throw prohibited items into the sewage system.

Thanks to mild weather Feb. 2, souvenir shop doubled 2011 Groundhog Day sales

February 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Talk about irony at its best.

This year's most popular souvenir item — a T-shirt depicting a snow-covered Punxsy Phil, with the advice to "Chill Out" — is a little ironic considering the mild winter weather tourists experienced Feb. 1 and Groundhog Day.

"The nicest thing about this year was no rain, no snow, no ice," Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marlene Lellock said. "That is one of the best things about Groundhog Day 2012."

Way Back When

February 12, 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
(April 29, 1896)

THE REDS AND THE BLUES
A Contest To Increase
The Membership of
The Y.M.C.A.

February 10th

Motion: Rebert wants new trial or acquittal

February 11, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.

Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.

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