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May 9th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The new two-way traffic Torrence Street opened for business Monday afternoon.
Monday, Borough Manager Ben White said the project was completed by the contractor Palo Construction to enough of a degree to open it for travel. He said there are some parts of the project that canâ€™t be completed at this time before the road widening will be considered finished.
A new traffic signal system for the Pine Street and North Findley Street intersection is on hold due to an unforeseen delay in the arrival of the new signal posts.
BROOKVILLE â€” The grandmother of a U.S. Marine and graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School said Monday that he is undergoing treatment after being wounded in Afghanistan.
Ryan Blochberger, 20, of Brookville, was wounded while serving in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Nancy Blochberger, also of Brookville.
She said following the incident, her grandson was transported to Germany, where he underwent two surgeries. He is scheduled to be transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
(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.)
February 19, 1896
Jesse Foltz has returned from the Pacific coast. He says this country is good enough for him. The only town between here and San Francisco, he declares, that is livelier than Punxsutawney, is Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” The Jeff Tech Operating Committee at a recent meeting approved the proposed $7.3 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, which includes some major reductions or the freezing of certain categories of spending.
Sherry Hassleman, Jeff Tech business manager, presented the budget and said that 81 percent of the budget is salaries and benefits, while 94 percent of the costs are fixed and can't be changed, since they are needed to run the school.
BROOKVILLE â€” Michael McNulty, a consultant who reviews the countyâ€™s 911 system and advises funding, recently reported that the countyâ€™s justification of wireline surcharges was approved.
The plan will be good for the next three years, he said. Each resident with a land-based telephone line pays $1.50 per month, and that money is used to upgrade and maintain the 911 phone system in the county.
McNulty said the plan was reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A three-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:40 p.m. Friday on East Mahoning Street in front of the Punxsutawney Eagles left one of the drivers with minor injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lucy Young, of Punxsy, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street when she came upon traffic that was stopped ahead. She was unable to stop in time and struck a Dodge Dakota driven by Janice White, Punxsutawney, that was stopped in front of her.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A two-vehicle accident that occurred at noon Friday along Route 36/North Main Street sent a Punxsy woman to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Erika Berringer, Brookville, was driving a Dodge Durango south on North Main Street when she was unable to stop when her brakes locked up, and she struck the rear of a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in front of her driven by Bill Williams.
BROOKVILLE â€” These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,â€ť Brookville Superintendent Sandy Craft said at the start of the 33rd-annual DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.
The games started Thursday morning, with youth from Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney, DuBois and private schools competing in track and field events and playing games in the Olympic Park.
MAHAFFEY â€” A ceremony Thursday authoritatively designated a bridge on State Route 3011 over the Chest Creek in Clearfield County as the â€śSergeant Major Morton Shea Landy Bridge,â€ť in honor of a 32-year Marine.
State Sen. Don White was among those honoring Landy, 82, of Mahaffey.
Landy entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 and is a highly-decorated veteran. When he retired after serving for 32 years and 30 days, he had attained the rank of major and was only the second person to serve two years beyond the 30-year limit.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is not sure how it will be funded in the future, but it is clear residents are taking advantage of the services offered.
The authority, which maintains and operates more than 20 recycling collection sites in the county, reportedly turned in nearly 626 tons of recyclable materials last year.
The figure marks a new high for the authority, which collected 65.7 tons of recyclables in 1996, its first year in existence.