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July 24th, 2011

Way Back When

July 25, 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
March 18, 1896)

THOSE GOOD OLD TIMES

Everybody Was Honest, and Even the Saw-Mills Were Upright

July 22nd

Two Amish boys injured in buggy, vehicle crash

July 23, 2011

BANKS TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident involving an Amish buggy and a pick-up truck caused injuries to two Amish boys, one of whom was flown to a hospital in Altoona for treatment of his injuries Friday morning.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred around 8 a.m., when an Amish buggy driven by a 14-year-old Amish boy was traveling south on Johnsonburg Road, Banks Township, when a pick-up truck driven by Charles Pennington, 63, Glen Campbell, also traveling south, came upon the crest of a hill behind the buggy.

Farmers had too much rain this spring, not enough now

July 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Farmers taking part in Thursday’s Farmers’ Market downtown have dealt with the hot weather in varying degrees, but agree on one thing: They need rain ... and more than the area received Friday night.

“It’s kind of hard to grow this stuff without rain,” said Royce Sprague, who was selling produce with help from his wife, Charlotte, and grandchildren Nico McDonald, 10, and Tiffany Hand, 14. “We got a little rain Monday, but it was only about 15 minutes.”

Local residents get caught up in geocaching craze

July 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think a global positioning system’s (GPS) only purpose is to point a motorist to an intended destination, you’d be surprised to learn that many people use the device for a high-tech scavenger hunt called geocaching.

Francis and Jeanne Burkett of Punxsutawney presented a program on geocaching at the Lattimer House for the public and members of the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society Tuesday.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

July 21st

Police arrest suspect in hit-and-run

July 21, 2011

FALLS CREEK — The person who police said struck a jogging Falls Creek woman and fled the scene Tuesday evening has been apprehended and placed in jail.

Wednesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported the arrest of Felicia Marie Steele, 48, Reynoldsville, after the incident occurred around 8:04 p.m. Tuesday on Route 950, about a mile south of Falls Creek, Washington Township.

Police said the jogger, Cindi A. Lingenfelter, 32, Falls Creek, was jogging south on Route 950 and was struck by Steele’s southbound 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up. Police said Steele then fled the scene.

"Moore" Music, Please

July 21, 2011

Despite the good attendance — amid the terribly warm temperatures — Thursday night at Music in the Park in Barclay Square, not too many of the attendees were wearing sport coats. But that’s just what The Moore Brothers show band did for their renditions of classic rock and country songs.

Carla Gigliotti doesn’t call it garden ‘work’

July 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Caring for four small children and managing a home on a daily basis does not let Carla Gigliotti of Punxsutawney turn away from her English-inspired flower garden, nor neglect the fact she’s the recipient of the Punxsutawney Garden Club’s “Garden of the Month” award for July.

“I did not feel worthy of the award because it’s not done yet,” she said. “I have a picture in my mind of what it is supposed to look like. There’s so much more that needs to be done with it.”

July 20th

Big Run council: Former store must come down in 60 days

July 21, 2011

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council passed a motion Monday to have the fire-ravaged Big Run Carpet building torn down within the next 60 days.

Council member John Niver said council needed a time frame, and that he consulted with Mary McHenry, the code enforcement officer for the Borough of Punxsutawney, as to how much time a property owner has to remove a fire-damaged structure in Punxsy.

Punxsutawney gives a property owner 90 days to either remove or repair a fire-damaged structure, Niver said.

Lawmakers learn first-hand the value of 4-H programs

July 21, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday afternoon, the Penn State Cooperative Extension welcomed state Representatives Sam Smith and Dave Reed to the Jefferson County Fair.

The lawmakers received an up-close and personal look into what the Jefferson County 4-H program is all about.

July 19th

Police seek driver who struck jogger, then fled the scene

July 19, 2011

FALLS CREEK — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the person driving a vehicle that struck a woman while jogging then fled the scene Tuesday night.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:04 p.m. Tuesday along Route 950, about one mile south of Falls Creek, Washington Township.

Police said the jogger, a 32-year-old woman who was unnamed in a police report, was jogging south on Route 950 and was struck by the southbound vehicle, which fled the scene.

The woman suffered moderate injuries and was flown via medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment.

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