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November 6th, 2011

Voters to decide on commissioner, council, school board races Tuesday

November 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday is Election Day, when voters go to the polls to decide several important local races, including Jefferson County Commissioner, Punxsutawney Borough Council and Punxsutawney Area School Board of Directors.

The candidates for Jefferson County Commissioner include Republican incumbents Paul Corbin and James P. McIntyre; Jeffrey Pisarcik, Democratic incumbent; and Democratic challenger Patrick J. McFall. Voters will not be able to vote for more than three.

Crossroads Project continues to seek shelter for victims of domestic violence

November 7, 2011

DUBOIS — Domestic violence does not discriminate.

It occurs in the big cities and in the rural country.

Over her 18-year career as the director for Community Action Inc.'s Crossroads Project, Susan McLaughlin has tried to maintain a high level of service for domestic violence victims in the rural setting of Jefferson and Clearfield counties.

But with the surprising news she recently received — the DuBois shelter is closing — McLaughlin is worried that the service may be threatened.

Way Back When

November 7, 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)

A SPINNING WHEEL IN COURT

November 4th

SS.C.D., local schools celebrate $149,000 donation for scholarships

November 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Private schools celebrated the Pennsylvania’s Educational Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and Bridge Educational Foundation at SS.C.D. School Friday.

The Bridge Education Foundation and its donors —CSX Transportation, RBC Capital Markets, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and XTO Energy — were on hand at the Catholic school to announce $149,000 in EITC scholarships for local families.

State Sen. Joe Scarnati, president pro tempore, and state Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the state House, were in attendance to show their support for the EITC program and the local schools.

Michael Cherian reaches New Orleans with help from strangers, duct tape

November 4, 2011

NEW ORLEANS — During his 1,880-mile canoe trip to New Orleans this summer, Michael Cherian learned first-hand what it was like to be up the creek without a paddle.

In his case, however, the creek was the Mississippi River.

Cherian, rowing his customized canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie,” in honor of his grandfather, the late Edward H. Burrows — to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, reached his destination of New Orleans in September, but not before taking in a few more experiences once he finally reached the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

Chamber members must be active to maintain network, president says

November 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If a business owner seeks to reach new clients and connections, he or she need not click a mouse on social networking Web sites.

There’s already a wireless tool for making connections, and that’s the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Board of Directors President Jeff Curtis.

Curtis, who gave a “State of the Chamber” address during the organization’s annual luncheon Thursday at the Punxsy Country Club, said if one isn’t sure what exactly the Chamber does, he or she should think about life without a Chamber of Commerce.

November 3rd

Spirit Publishing Company wins Chamber's 2011 Business of the Year Award

November 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Yes, The Punxsutawney Spirit is a small-town American newspaper, and yes, unlike some other newspapers in small-town America, it prints its product for readers and business clients daily.

And in today’s edition — oddly enough — The Spirit’s main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Business of the Year Award.

County wins $2M grant for business park

November 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The future of a $4 million business park for Jefferson County is more in reach than ever before.

The Jefferson County Development Council was recently awarded a $2 million state grant to oversee the construction of infrastructure needed for the development of a new business park.

“It’s a really good economic development project for the county, Kristin Hullihen, planning director for the Department of Development, said.
Hullihen’s office has been working on obtaining the needed funds for this project since Gov. Ed Rendell was in office.

Early-bird presenters that much closer to spring graduation

November 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s that time of year again. The early-bird senior projects were held Thursday at Punxsutawney Area High School for seniors who chose to take care of the required graduation projects in hopes of possibly providing a little more breathing room during the spring semester.

These are just a few of the projects presented to parents, advisors, mentors, faculty and the community Thursday night:

• Kayla Cameron’s senior project was a Vacation Bible School held at the Valier United Methodist Church over the summer.

November 2nd

Van Dyke & Co., Mahoning Valley Ballet return to the Jackson for ‘Dracula’

November 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, Punxsy is mere days removed from Halloween, but the music and movement of Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet’s production of “Dracula” might make one feel otherwise.

Based on the original story by Ed Zatsick with original choreography by Joan E. Van Dyke and Denny Sovich, “Dracula” is scheduled for one performance Friday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center’s Jackson Theater. See the accompanying box for details.

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