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May 6th, 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.)
(June 24, 1896)
A BROAD GRIN
BROOKVILLE â The count of write-in votes from Jefferson Countyâs April 24 general election has concluded, with a Republican challenger for the 66th Legislative District claiming 239 write-in votes.
Friday, Cris Dush, of Pine Creek Township, carried Jefferson County over incumbent Republican Sam Smith, but the 239 write-ins are not enough for him to challenge Smith in the fall election on the Democratic ballot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was a beautiful sunny morning at Punxsutawney Area High School the day before the senior prom, and all was well, except for the rear parking lot, where two heavily-damaged vehicles could be seen as the result of the annual mock drunk driving crash.
PAHSâ SADD Club, Punxsutawney Borough Police, Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS once again presented the pretend fatal traffic accident in which, as the story goes, two students lose their lives in a drunken-driving crash.
BIG RUN â A major fire that destroyed Big Run Carpet June 19, 2011, might have spelled the end to the long-time family-owned business, but thanks to the help of family and friends, the store rose from the ashes with a ribbon-cutting Friday for the new store.
The former building may have been destroyed in the blaze â which was later classified as arson â but not the spirit of the London family and area residents who pitched in to help keep the store open with two small portable buildings, a storage building and a small office, said owner Jeff London.
CLARION â Dr. Brenda Dede, vice-president of Academic Affairs at Clarion University, said Wednesday eveningâs speaker could be described by many adjectives.
Sheâs an author, a poet, a dancer and a Civil Rights activist â and Wednesday, Dr. Maya Angelou graced the stage of the Marwick-Boyd Theater on Clarion Universityâs campus, to an auditorium of 3,000 people.
âIâm here, and Iâve come to say something,â Angelou said. âAnd I wonât leave until I say it.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Instead of rain, student artists at IUP-Punxsutawney had to deal with the heat Thursday afternoon.
On the eve of finals, the students took chalk to the walk to draw different scenes portraying aspects of health, diversity, political and societal issues.
Seventeen students or student groups took part in the event, which was judged by members of the IUP-Punxsy staff and members of the community.
COVODE â It happened all over again â for the third time in three years â as another truck rolled over in the same exact location on Route 119 in Covode, when the driver of the tractor-trailer took the curve in Covode too fast and rolled up onto Randy Shultzâs front yard around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Shultz said he has lived on Route 119 at the curve for three years, and not only do the trucks roll over into his yard, the cars do, too.
BROOKVILLE â Despite the overcast morning, Wednesday was a day filled with fun and laughter for those who took part in the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.
âToday, May 2, is a glorious day,â Brookville Area Schools Superintendent Sandra Craft said during the opening remarks. âAlthough not sunny, itâs a glorious day.â
Wednesday morning, 178 athletes participated in the 33rd-annual Track & Field Day held at Brookville Area Jr.-Sr. High School.
BROOKVILLE â Jefferson County residents who have old or unused electronics collecting dust in their attics will have an opportunity to dispose of them â properly.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority will hold an electronics collection for all county residents at two locations, Gruda Metals and Miller Welding.
INDIANA â Bernadette Peters performing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Friday is a special occasion in itself, but for this trip, Peters has some good news of her own.
Tuesday, it was announced that Peters â a star of stage, television, concert and recordings â has been chosen to receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award during the upcoming Tony Awards celebration in June.
But prior to that event, Peters will conclude the inaugural season of the Lively Artsâ âOvations!â series at 8 p.m. Friday at Fisher Auditorium of IUPâs Performing Arts Center.