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April 17th, 2012

Farm bureau, businesses, officials promote rural road safety

April 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the spring weather upon us and more people taking drives in the country, beware, as large farm equipment has returned to the highways.

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Week event at Fezell's County Market Tuesday.

According to the Farm Bureau Web site, "The Rural Roads Safety program was created in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. ... “Rural Roads Safety Week, a joint campaign between the Pa. Farm Bureau, Pa.

District court jurisdiction boundaries could change

April 17, 2012

BIG RUN — Big Run borough residents — as well as other residents throughout Jefferson County — may find themselves driving to a different destination for Magisterial District Court.

At Monday's council meeting, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said the borough council members received a letter from Jefferson County Common Pleas President Judge John H. Foradora informing them that every 10 years after the U.S. Census is complete, the president judges of each judicial district are challenged to review the lines of their respective Magisterial Judicial Districts.

April 16th

PLAN AHEAD FOR CONSTRUCTION

April 16, 2012

Downtown Punxsutawney was a beehive of activity Monday night, as construction workers from sub-contractor Donegal Construction were busy milling the asphalt off Mahoning Street in preparation for paving. It is a part of PennDOT’s $1,112,458 project and is scheduled for completion in the next few weeks. The project includes replacing and upgrading signals at four intersections; interconnecting the signals; addressing ADA requirements; re-timing and re-phasing the signals for efficiency; and paving Mahoning Street. Work is scheduled to continue between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Library wraps up celebratory week with new data, info about future plans

April 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library wrapped up National Library Week in fine form Saturday, with a party for children, guests and volunteers.

Library Director Coral Ellshoff also offered an update on some of the library’s programs and recent statistics via a PowerPoint presentation.

Over the last year, the library saw these areas improve, she said:
• A 15-percent increase in cardholders.

• More hours open during the evenings (until 7 p.m. four days a week).

Athletic Committee eyes needs at LaMarca Stadium

April 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During its meeting Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee discussed possible improvements to be made to Jack L. LaMarca Memorial Stadium.

A large amount of work needs to be done to the district’s playing fields, especially the stadium field, said Athletic Director Bill Vassallo.

The main football field, practice field and soccer field have numerous low spots that must be filled in with top soil, he said, while committee member Bob Pascuzzo said it would take 100 tons of dirt for the stadium field, as well as dirt to grade and fill it in.

April 15th

Truck hits porch, car overturns in weekend crashes

April 15, 2012

BIG RUN — A Clymer man and a passenger were injured when their vehicle struck a house at 3:55 a.m. Sunday on Route 119, Big Run.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Robert Vincent Neese, 30, Clymer, was traveling south, when he drove off the east side of the roadway and struck the guard rails.

Police said as a result of striking the guard rail, the truck went air-borne and struck the porch of a house owned by Tom Berryhill of Big Run, which is located along the east side of Route 119.

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.”

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