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February 28th, 2012
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, Jefferson County was recognized as one of 47 counties across the state for its achievement of StormReady status.
The status, acknowledged by the National Weather Service, means the Jefferson County community has taken a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness with the local National Weather Service office in Pittsburgh.
Tracy Zents, director of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services, said the recognition is positive for the county.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â East Mahoning and North Findley Streets were shut down for about 45 minutes Monday following a three-vehicle accident that occurred around 7:17 p.m. Monday.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1994 Subaru sedan driven by Tina McCracken, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street, while a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Sean Fitzgerald, Big Run, was traveling north on North Findley Street, and a 2006 Chevrolet driven by a 16-year-old juvenile was traveling south on North Findley Street, waiting to make a left turn to travel east on East Mahoning Street.
Two drivers were sent to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident around 7:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of North Findley and East Mahoning streets. According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a vehicle traveling west on East Mahoning Street drove through a red light and struck a Chevrolet Blazer on the driverâs rear left side, which was in the intersection, causing the Blazer to roll over.
BROOKVILLE â No. 1 Brookville Chevrolet Buick has a more than 80-year history with the local business community.
And with all of that experience, the dealershipâs current owner, Ralph Gamble, is confident his business will be able to bounce back from a devastating weekend.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire broke out in the second floor of the dealershipâs showroom, which is located on East Main Street in Brookville.
According to Brookville Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) Chief Jim Lipuma, the fire originated from the furnace.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Even though Punxsy hasnât seen a lot of snow this winter, there were many children seen as âWhiter Than Snowâ during a recent photo exhibition/fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Christian School at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library recently.
The exhibition is called âWhiter Than Snow: A Prayer in Pictures,â said Karissa Spencer, childrenâs ministries director for the First Church of God in Punxsy.
Spencer said as part of the childrenâs ministries, the Sunday School staff taught youngsters the salvation message and what it means to be âWhiter Than Snowâ in a spiritual sense.
GASKILL TOWNSHIP â Just for proof that winter is not over, there were numerous accidents over the weekend, many dealing with snow-covered and icy road conditions.
A Punxsutawney man had to be extricated from his vehicle following a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 3:35 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Cloe Lake Road and Lipp Road, Gaskill Township.
Seth Spack (top) attempts to pin Clearfleld's Mike Beck in the District-IX Class AAA semi-finals Saturday in Clarion. Spack then moved on to the finals to face Mike Kennelly, of DuBois, and with a 12-3 major decision, Spack earned the 152-pound title.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
Coming to Punxsutawney
Mention has been made in these columns of the effort being made to induce Prof. W. Irving Colby, the noted teacher and author, to give a five weeks' course in German here. The number of names required to insure his coming have been secured, and the following letter from Prof. Colby explains itself:
UNIVERSITY PARK â Last weekend, after months of scandal and media scrutiny surrounding their school, Penn State students took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon â better known as THON â and showed just what the phrase âWe are Penn Stateâ means.
And two PAHS graduates â Brittany Baker and Keri Dinsmore â helped Penn State shatter last yearâs record, raising $10.7 million for pediatric cancer research and to help emotionally and financially support families affected by pediatric cancer.
BROOKVILLE â âThe bus stops hereâ was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompsonâs (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.
âWeâre in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,â he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.
Thompson said he likes the message it sends when heâs running for re-election every two years.