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February 21st, 2011
DUBOIS â€” If you thought you would never see the day when all of the phone numbers in area code 814 would be completely used up, that day is just about here.
A group of cell phone and landline telephone users met on a snowy Monday at the Best Western Conference Center in DuBois to discuss the impending change for telephone users in the region from 814 to a new 582 area code. The proposal did not receive a warm reception from the approximately 75 people in attendance.
BROOKVILLE â€” When he became a magisterial district judge in 1999, the soon-to-be-retired Richard Beck knew the job would be a challenge, perhaps all the more so because of his experience as a police officer.
Prior to election to district judge, Beck served as a Brookville Borough Police officer for more than 30 years. He was told from the start that the transition could be tough.
â€śThe school told me that could be a problem,â€ť he said. â€śI would have to say, no, it wasnâ€™t, because they clued me in on that.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Does Punxsutawney have the land space to construct a second industrial park?
Last Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the borough hopes to once again partner with the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation (PRDC) in the interest of industrial development.
Glessner recently spoke with PRDC President Frank Roberts, who said the group wants everyone to know that it has money available for industrial development. However, there are limits to $50,000, in addition to the boroughâ€™s economic development loan fund.
(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 (February 5, 1896)
The Store and Postoffice at Oliveburg Ransacked by a Gang of Thieves
BIG RUN â€” The former Little Canada Bar & Grill was completely destroyed by a fire early Friday morning along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run.
The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday and was fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing from the windows as firefighters arrived on the scene.
The vacant structure, which years ago had housed the Little Canada Bar & Grill along with numerous other bars and restaurants, was converted into a residence several years ago.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Are you ready to be flooded with warm spring weather?
Thankfully, the recent February thaw has been slow, which helped stem off the quick meltdown that often causes area creeks and streams to overflow their banks.
Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Charlie Hoeh said that people who live in a flood plain never think about preparing for a flood until the water is rising up the front steps. So the time to prepare is right now.
The small turnout â€” (from left) Tim Cooper, Terry A. Fye, Mallory Croasman and Doug Fye â€” for Charlie Sorelâ€™s memorial service emphasizes the kind of fellow he was in this rehearsal scene from the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâ€™s latest production, â€śGoodbye, Charlie,â€ť George Axelrodâ€™s classic Broadway comedy. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
BROOKVILLE â€” Wednesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners â€” Paul Corbin, James McIntyre and Jeffrey Pisarcik â€” gave their opinions on President Obamaâ€™s proposed budget and the future of federal funding in the county.
While Brookville Borough Council Tuesday said the proposed budget calls for the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding â€” of which the county received more than $240,000 last year â€” Corbin and Bill Setree, of the Department of Development, said the reduction will likely be in the neighborhood of 10 percent.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thursday, at the Crimson Village, Punxsutawney had more added to its history with the unveiling of a free-standing replica of the former public library from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The piece, created and built by local artist Jeff Marshall, was revealed after a period of time when the Punxsutawney Rotary Club was seeking something to add to its existing Circle of Trees effort.
DUBOIS â€” The concept isnâ€™t new, but the results are staggering.
Today, on-site preparations officially begin for THON, a shorter name for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which, since 1973, has raised funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
While THON is a year-long effort with several events over the course of the year, the culmination of those efforts begins Friday and runs through Sunday â€” a 46-hour dance marathon held at the Bryce Jordan Center.