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March 6th, 2011
BIG RUN â The legendary Big Run âPeeper Watcherâ John London will appear on either Discovery Channel or Animal Planet at a date and time that is yet to be determined.
London said he was surprised when the TV crew that was taping Groundhog Day activities showed up on his doorstep to do an interview last month.
The spring peeper is a small treefrog that makes high-pitched peeping sounds and can be heard just after the spring thaw â hence this frog's name.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Due to increased interest from the public, as well as continuing requests from soldiers, the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is again sponsoring a Support the Troops project for military personnel serving in Afghanistan. Â
From now through March 30, a county-wide drive will seek to collect a wide variety of food and hygiene items, as well as stationery and recreational supplies.Â
(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 5, 1896)
A Looking-Glass Causes Trouble
INDIANA â If the new Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex has a goal of bringing people from around the region to Indiana for athletic, entertainment and business purposes, its dedication ceremony bore a resemblance to what guests could see in the future.
The official grand opening of the $79 million, 150,000-square foot KCAC Friday included references to a classic film and even an impromptu, a cappella version of a Frank Sinatra standard by a state senator.
INDIANA â Itâs a good thing that officials from IUP and the Kovalchick Convention & Athletics Complex (KCAC) officially dedicated the $79 million, 150,000-square foot building Friday, because the first ticketed event, the Harlem Globetrotters, will hit the floor of the Ed Fry Arena next Friday.
Amy White, the KCACâs director of marketing, said the goal of the complex is to bring different kinds of events â big-name, family-oriented shows and concerts â to the Indiana area, and help people avoid longer trips to Pittsburgh, Altoona or State College, for example.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For Bruce Breth, life was always on the move while he was employed at Harvey Company in Punxsutawney, as a nitrogen truck driver during his younger years.
Today, however, life has slowed down a bit for Breth, 88, and the walls of his room at Wellington Heights are adorned with 70 finished puzzles. His current work in progress is uncompleted on his table.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents whoâve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.
Fedigan said thereâs such a large variety of scams occurring that itâs hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council continues to discuss the possibility of appealing Judge John Foradoraâs ruling regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.
Last week in a written opinion, Foradora denied councilâs appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commissionâs order to rehire Andrekovich.
According to Brian Gabriel, of Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C., Pittsburgh, the law firm representing the borough in its appeal, no decision has been made whether or not to appeal Foradoraâs opinion.
BROOKVILLE â Jefferson County History Center Director Ken Burkett is duly excited, as Saturday, the first exhibit of âDrumbeat to Warâ begins in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
A new exhibit will open every six months for the next five years. The exhibit opening Saturday focuses on the early recruitment of soldiers from the Jefferson County area.
The first exhibit will be on display for one year, and the second exhibit will open in a separate room this September.