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November 21st, 2011

No injuries in Route 119/Riker’s Road crash

November 22, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Rikers Road, Bell Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 16-year-old female from Punxsutawney was stopped at the stop sign on Rikers Road facing west, waiting to make a left turn onto Route 119.

Police said she failed to see a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Rick Sherry, 50, Punxsutawney, and pulled out onto Route 119 in front Sherry’s vehicle, which was traveling north.

No tax hike in 2012 Big Run budget

November 21, 2011

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last year’s surplus of $57,635.

He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.

The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage:

November 20th

Two horses die in fire, barn destroyed

November 21, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — A Saturday afternoon blaze burned a barn to the ground, damaged an accompanying silo and killed two horses.

Area firefighters from eight different stations battled the fire that broke out around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, just outside of Big Run.

Estimated damages to the barn — owned by Melvin Troyer — and contents were approximately $200,000 and exterior damage to the house was figured at roughly $20,000, according to Big Run Fire Chief Todd Peace.

Way Back When

November 21, 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 15, 1896)

CAPTURED A HORSE-THIEF
David Trainor Steals a Horse from
Henry Brown's Stable

November 18th

Punxsy native contestant on 'Price is Right'

November 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES — How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” and did he win one of the major showcases on the show?

Well, Amundson believes his vast amounts of swag definitely helped, but due to stipulations by the program, he cannot say yes or no about winning any major showcases, but Punxsy viewers can find out when his episode airs at 11 a.m. Monday on WTAJ-TV (Comcast Channel 18).

Pizza & Prevention breaks another record: $33,128.13

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Fox’s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.

Oct. 1, Fox’s sold “Big Daddy Pizzas” for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.

Thursday, Fox’s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.

November 17th

Brookville man snags rare albino deer

November 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — It’s a rarity for hunters.

But 19-year-old Brookville native Wyatt Long saw an unusual sight on one of his most recent hunting trips.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing whenever it showed up,” Long said.
‘It’ being an albino buck, with stark-white fur and bright pink eyes.

“I was all right until after I made the shot, and then I started shaking and breathing heavy, and I got real nervous afterwards,” he said.

Users must register for SchoolReach for new school year

November 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.

Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.

When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.

November 16th

Groundhog Club plans open house for improvements at Gobbler’s Knob

November 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Phil’s home-away-from-the-burrow is about to receive some cosmetic work.

This week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that it has received a landscape design matching grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.

Route 119 bridge will close for repairs 

November 17, 2011

INDIANA — Route 119 will be closed in both directions in Punxsutawney to install concrete barrier and guiderail on the Route 119 bridge on the Indiana Hill in Jefferson County.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22, Route 119 will be closed between SR 3017 (Indiana Street) and SR 3012 (Snyder Hill Road) to perform the repairs. 

A posted detour will be in place using Route 436 to Route 36 to Route 119.

Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the closure.

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