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October 3rd, 2011

Ceremony celebrates 4-H members, leaders

October 3, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Monday night, 4-H members and leaders were recognized at the annual 4-H Leader Recognition Dinner and 4-H Awards Program.
The program was held at the Foundry in Reynoldsville; Susan Alexander, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator, welcomed everyone in attendance.

The ceremony celebrated 4-H volunteers — those who just started, and those who have contributed most of their lives to the program.

Lois Pifer, who has served for Jefferson County's 4-H program for 40 years, was recognized for her significant service.

October 2nd

Fox’s Pizza Den breaks record, raises more than $31,000 for fire department

October 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once again, it was another successful year for Fox's Pizza Den's "Pizza and Prevention" fund-raiser, as more than $31,000 was raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department Saturday.

Despite the rainy weather, the locally owned Punxsutawney pizza shop sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas — a record breaker — 12 percent more than last year, which also broke records with sales of 3,072 pizzas, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's in Punxsy.

Vehicle accident occurs in front of Elk Run Firehall

October 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There was a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:40 a.m. Saturday on Route 310 north near the Elk Run Firehall.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a Toyota Corolla driven by Tanya R. Hoover, Rossiter, was traveling north on Route 310 near the Elk Run Firehall when a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Steven E. Przybrowski, DuBois, stopped in front of her vehicle, which struck the rear of his Blazer.

Police said the crash caused major damage to Hoover's vehicle, while Przybrowski's vehicle sustained minor damage.

Way Back When

October 2, 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 newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(April 1, 1896)

ANDY ANDERSON AGAIN

Gets Into Trouble by Trifling
With Uncle Sam's Mail

Andy is a Slick Article and Has
Heretofore Gotten off Easily

September 30th

Homecoming Queen, Princess crowned

September 30, 2011

Keaton Mohney (second from left) was crowned the Homecoming Queen, and Adrienne Hess (third from left) was crowned the Homecoming Princess during halftime of Friday night’s Punxsy versus Karns City football game. Mohney’s escort was Brody Morgan (far left), while Hess was escorted by Nick Roberts (far right)

Ground is broken, ATA project begins

September 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After nearly seven years in the planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Area Transportation Authority’s (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center building was held Friday.

“I think that a lot of people — and certainly the board members of ATA — didn’t think this was going to happen,” David Gordon, chairman of the ATA Board of Directors, said.

Punxsy is the first of seven transit centers set for construction, and Gordon said he hopes the others go a little easier than this one did.

September 29th

New firetruck arrives

September 29, 2011

The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company took possession of its new 2011 Ferrara engine/pumper Thursday. The vehicle possesses a 1,500-gallon pump for 1,000 gallons of water, as well as a 30-gallon compressed air foam system. If the weather works out, you could see the new truck during “Touch the Truck” as part of Saturday’s “Pizza & Prevention” downtown.

Shooting suspect arrested; bail set at $2 million

September 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Pittsburgh man accused of shooting two Punxsy men last week had his bail set at $2 million during his arraignment Thursday, just hours after he was apprehended in the Pittsburgh area.

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 incident near a residence along Cranberry Alley.

PASR: Aid to troops more important than ever

September 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Having learned that the need is greater than ever among American forces stationed in Afghanistan, members of the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) will conduct their third county-wide “Support the Troops” campaign.

September 28th

Crews activate Torrence/Findley devices

September 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street traffic light project was given a green light — literally — Wednesday, as the new traffic signals were put into service by sub-contractor Perram Electric of Ohio.

Roger Steele, chairman of Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee, said through the project, council is exploring a way to decrease the traffic flow on Mahoning Street, with the widening of Torrence Street as part of a PennDOT traffic study.

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