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October 19th, 2011

Police, PennDOT team up for school bus safety

October 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — State and local police departments have joined forces with PennDOT District 10 and the Punxsutawney Area School District for National School Bus Safety Week and Operation Safe Stop.

The purpose is to raise public awareness about the consequences of improperly passing school buses and to reduce occurrences, said Shawn Houck PennDOT District 10 press safety officer.

Houck said school bus drivers in participating school districts will record the information of any motorists who pass their buses illegally.

Court appoints public defender to represent Thornhill

October 20, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A preliminary hearing for a Pittsburgh man that was continued Oct. 13 by District Judge Douglas Chambers will now be able to proceed following the appointment of the public defender by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge John H. Foradora at Wednesday’s Plea & Sentence Court.

Christopher L. Thornhill, 24, faces two counts each of attempted criminal homicide; aggravated assault; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons violations stemming from the Sept. 22 shooting incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

October 18th

Police investigate burglary at Punxy Phil’s Restaurant

October 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A recent rash of burglaries continued in Punxsutawney when sometime late-night Monday or during the early morning hours Tuesday, someone entered and caused damage inside Punxy Phil’s Family Restaurant, 116 Indiana St.

According to police, unknown actor(s) forcibly entered the restaurant, and once inside, attempted to remove items and caused damage to property.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said local residents have several options in attempting to prevent a burglary from happening at their home or business.

Western PA CARES for Kids celebrates its new space to help young crime victims

October 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A new building, a new start. And a time to dream big.
Jefferson County’s own child advocacy center (CAC), Western PA CARES for Kids, has a good reason to celebrate.

Sunday, the center opened the doors to its new facility and welcomed about 100 people to take part in the ceremony.

“It’s a dream come true,” Jefferson County District Attorney and Western PA CARES for Kids Board President Jeff Burkett said. “We’ve been dreaming about this basically since 2004. The new facility really gives us the ability to dream big.”

October 17th

Big Run not likely to hire part-time police officer

October 18, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Council received word at Monday's meeting that the chances of hiring a part-time police officer for the borough are pretty slim.

Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said that he spoke with Sykesville borough officials, and that the only thing they could help Big Run with is selling the borough a used police cruiser.

Buterbaugh said it's quite expensive to hire an officer.

"We'd be only foolish to think we can afford one," Buterbaugh said, adding that to begin with, the borough would have to pay for the officer to go through approximately 800 hours of training.

Retired Punxsy firefighters recall days of old

October 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Nearly 50 years of firefighting came to a close for two members of the Lindsey Fire Company, who recently submitted their resignations for the purpose of retirement to Punxsutawney Borough Council.

Frank Davis and Don Ross have decided to call it a career as volunteer firefighters. Both were members of the original scuba team that formed in 1974.

Ross said he became a member of Lindsey in 1962, and was the first in his family to do so.

SS.C.D. School welcomes new principal

October 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Jessica Newcome got a jump start on her teaching career as soon as she graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having majored in early childhood education.

"A friend of mine had called and said there might be a position for an aide for the day care," Newcome said Monday. "Ann (Smith, retired SS.C.D. School principal) hired me right out of college. I called about being an aide, and Ann hired me as the director."

October 16th

Punxsy Phil & Phyllis shaker spices up Groundhog Day debate: Sun or snow?

October 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's a typical example of the battle of the sexes, with a taste of Groundhog Day to spice it up: A nodding Punxsy Phil says yes to an early spring, but Phyllis, shaking her head, says no, and wants six more weeks of winter.

But don't call an attorney just yet: It's not a case of domestic discord at Phil's Burrow. In this case, Punxsy Phil and Phyllis are salt and pepper shakers.

Way Back When

October 16, 2011

(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 1, 1896)

MISS NANCY A. Y. HOOVER DEAD
She Was Stricken With Paralysis
and Passed Away a Week
Later

October 14th

Thanks to weather, foliage sights might be wet and few

October 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Don’t blink, or you’ll miss what could be the best weekend to see fall foliage in this part of western Pennsylvania.
Most trees are in full color with deep reds and bright yellows prevailing, said Eric Leister, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College.

This weekend will be better than next weekend, as there’s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter...
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