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March 6th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Due to increased interest from the public, as well as continuing requests from soldiers, the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is again sponsoring a Support the Troops project for military personnel serving in Afghanistan. ¬†
From now through March 30, a county-wide drive will seek to collect a wide variety of food and hygiene items, as well as stationery and recreational supplies.¬†
(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.)
(February 5, 1896)
A Looking-Glass Causes Trouble
INDIANA ‚ÄĒ If the new Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex has a goal of bringing people from around the region to Indiana for athletic, entertainment and business purposes, its dedication ceremony bore a resemblance to what guests could see in the future.
The official grand opening of the $79 million, 150,000-square foot KCAC Friday included references to a classic film and even an impromptu, a cappella version of a Frank Sinatra standard by a state senator.
INDIANA ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs a good thing that officials from IUP and the Kovalchick Convention & Athletics Complex (KCAC) officially dedicated the $79 million, 150,000-square foot building Friday, because the first ticketed event, the Harlem Globetrotters, will hit the floor of the Ed Fry Arena next Friday.
Amy White, the KCAC‚Äôs director of marketing, said the goal of the complex is to bring different kinds of events ‚ÄĒ big-name, family-oriented shows and concerts ‚ÄĒ to the Indiana area, and help people avoid longer trips to Pittsburgh, Altoona or State College, for example.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ For Bruce Breth, life was always on the move while he was employed at Harvey Company in Punxsutawney, as a nitrogen truck driver during his younger years.
Today, however, life has slowed down a bit for Breth, 88, and the walls of his room at Wellington Heights are adorned with 70 finished puzzles. His current work in progress is uncompleted on his table.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Scam season appears to be in full swing, as more victims in the Punxsutawney area have reported receiving letters asking them to send money.
Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department has received reports of area residents who‚Äôve been scammed through the mail and via telephone.
Fedigan said there‚Äôs such a large variety of scams occurring that it‚Äôs hard to identify any one in particular.
If someone receives a letter offering a chance to win money, that person should proceed with caution, he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough Council continues to discuss the possibility of appealing Judge John Foradora‚Äôs ruling regarding the reinstatement of terminated Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Brian Andrekovich.
Last week in a written opinion, Foradora denied council‚Äôs appeal of the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission‚Äôs order to rehire Andrekovich.
According to Brian Gabriel, of Campbell, Durrant, Beatty, Palombo & Miller, P.C., Pittsburgh, the law firm representing the borough in its appeal, no decision has been made whether or not to appeal Foradora‚Äôs opinion.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Jefferson County History Center Director Ken Burkett is duly excited, as Saturday, the first exhibit of ‚ÄúDrumbeat to War‚ÄĚ begins in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
A new exhibit will open every six months for the next five years. The exhibit opening Saturday focuses on the early recruitment of soldiers from the Jefferson County area.
The first exhibit will be on display for one year, and the second exhibit will open in a separate room this September.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ This week, District Attorney Jeffrey D. Burkett welcomed Michelle Fusco as the new victim/witness coordinator, who works to protect the rights of victims of adult offenders.
Fusco moved here from Elk County, where she has more than 14 years experience in Victim Services. She has worked specifically with crime victims for the last 10 years.
She said cases are given to her by law enforcement, district judges and self-referrals.