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September 18th, 2011

DAR celebrating Constitution Week

September 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) would like to encourage everyone to stand up and cheer during the celebration of Constitution Week, but to also take time to learn more about this very important document.

Friday, Mayor James Wehrle proclaimed Constitution Week in Punxsy, a commemoration — that is also one of this country’s least known official observances — of one of America’s most important documents.

Punxsy High School Class of '51 reunites

September 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 gathered this past weekend at Camp Little Leo to celebrate their 60th reunion.

More than 80 members of the class were present over the two-day celebration.

"The fellowship is really the important thing," reunion co-chairman Bob Bish said Sunday after the luncheon. "You can really see the bond in this class."

The 60th class reunion was dedicated to Margaret C. Boles, an English teacher at PHS who passed away during the class' junior year.

NEVER FORGOTTEN

September 18, 2011

The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony Saturday, starting off with the Color Guard posting the POW/MIA flag. Gospel music was played, and the audience listened to excerpts from John McCain's account of being a POW. Everyone in attendance joined in prayer to pay tribute to the American soldiers who had to suffer as POWs, as well as and the many American soldiers whose whereabouts are still unknown.

September 16th

Spirit views addition of new press equipment as a community investment

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some readers will notice a difference with the newspaper, others will not.

The change, whether you’ve observed it or not: For one, the paper  may now and then consist of one section, as opposed to several eight-, six- or four-page sections.

The origin: Three new units for The Spirit’s press were installed as part of an ongoing expansion of the paper, which, over the past few months, has included the return of its job shop, a return to full local printing operations. 

Lorenzo’s work caps four-way honors for W. Mahoning St. locations

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Yes, attorney Nicholas Lorenzo Jr. has a fine office among the houses along Millionaires’ Row, but the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society has also cited him for his keen story-telling about one of Punxsy’s most famous residents.

September 15th

SS.C.D. honored for extensive work behind 125th anniversary

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The fable of the long-lost statues of Saints Cosmas and Damian being lost at sea may be a bit of a stretch — but as SS.C.D. pastor Msgr. Joseph Riccardo said, “It kind of throws a mystery into the story.”

Council to wait on parking decision for Grace Way, Water Street

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council decided to hold off on any formal action regarding parking on Grace Way and Water Street as the area prepares for the opening of a brine water treatment facility adjacent to the Punxsutawney Sewage Treatment facility.

Borough Manager Ben White said at Monday he learned what was needed after meeting with all the parties involved, but said it’s difficult to assess as far accommodating the many trucks that will be traveling the two streets in order to get to the brine water treatment facility.

September 14th

It took years, but Dr. Mike Vancheri found the right person for the job

September 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It took years of planning, but the former T.M. Kurtz home at 312 West Mahoning St. — now the office of Dr. Michael A. Vancheri — has another part of its original design intact.

Saturday, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society honored Vancheri with one of its four Awards of Commendation, for his work in restoring the exterior second-floor balustrades to their original design, thus “bringing to modern residents the original look of this part of Millionaires’ Row.”

Yea or nay? Answers sought on library signage

September 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library returned to Punxsutawney Borough Council Monday, seeking a clarification on which sign council approved at the August meeting.

Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, spoke at the Aug. 8 council meeting, noting that there have been numerous complaints from the public about difficulty in locating the library’s entrance from the rear parking area and Union Street.

September 13th

Hearing waived in case against Reynoldsville woman

September 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A preliminary hearing for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges was waived Tuesday, less than a week after she allegedly fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judge’s office last Thursday.

Judy L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, and her attorney, Toni Cherry, waived the preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to be heard Tuesday before District Judge Douglas Chambers, behind whose office the incident occurred last Thursday.

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