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October 19th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 Wednesdayâ€™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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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 Philâ€™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.
BROOKVILLE â€” A new building, a new start. And a time to dream big.
Jefferson Countyâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s a dream come true,â€ť Jefferson County District Attorney and Western PA CARES for Kids Board President Jeff Burkett said. â€śWeâ€™ve been dreaming about this basically since 2004. The new facility really gives us the ability to dream big.â€ť
BIG RUN â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
(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 1, 1896)
MISS NANCY A. Y. HOOVER DEAD
She Was Stricken With Paralysis
and Passed Away a Week
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Donâ€™t blink, or youâ€™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 thereâ€™s the possibility of more leaves dropping due to windy weather conditions today and tomorrow, Leister said.