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October 5th, 2011

Council members receive up-close look at new Elk Run fire truck

October 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Prior to Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, members of Punxsutawney Borough Council were given a tour of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company’s new fire engine that was delivered last week.

The bright yellow and white engine was delivered last Thursday from the Ferrara Fire Apparatus Company in Louisiana, and has already been tested.

Firefighters have also received training sessions on the new apparatus.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

October 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — If you want to vote in the Nov. 8 general election, but you’re not currently registered, you have only until Tuesday to do so.

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter. If you’re not, you need to register by Tuesday, according to Karen Lupone, chief clerk for Jefferson County.

How do you know if you need to register?

Lupone said if you are a first-time voter, have recently moved to a different area or changed your name, you may need to register — or re-register — to vote.

October 4th

East End seeks own night for trick-or-treating

October 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee received requests for two separate nights of trick-or-treating, one from East End residents and another from the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Jaime Sherry, of Highland Avenue, requested council approve a request from East End residents to hold its own separate trick-or-treat from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Sherry said people in that area of town do a lot of extra things that make the event better on Saturday than during the week.

Young Township hopes cameras, new recycling site will deter illegal dumping

October 4, 2011

WALSTON — At last, the recycling bins formerly located at Walston Community Park have moved to the Young Township Municipal building, Walston Road.

Township Supervisor Andrew Meterko said the main reason the recycling bins were moved was due to the lack of security at the playground location.

“We won’t have to go up and gather all the garbage that people brought to the old recycling location at the park,” he said. Township workers regularly picked up a variety of items from the former site, including televisions, mattresses and garbage.

October 3rd

Ceremony celebrates 4-H members, leaders

October 3, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — Monday night, 4-H members and leaders were recognized at the annual 4-H Leader Recognition Dinner and 4-H Awards Program.
The program was held at the Foundry in Reynoldsville; Susan Alexander, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator, welcomed everyone in attendance.

The ceremony celebrated 4-H volunteers — those who just started, and those who have contributed most of their lives to the program.

Lois Pifer, who has served for Jefferson County's 4-H program for 40 years, was recognized for her significant service.

October 2nd

Fox’s Pizza Den breaks record, raises more than $31,000 for fire department

October 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Once again, it was another successful year for Fox's Pizza Den's "Pizza and Prevention" fund-raiser, as more than $31,000 was raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department Saturday.

Despite the rainy weather, the locally owned Punxsutawney pizza shop sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas — a record breaker — 12 percent more than last year, which also broke records with sales of 3,072 pizzas, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's in Punxsy.

Vehicle accident occurs in front of Elk Run Firehall

October 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There was a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:40 a.m. Saturday on Route 310 north near the Elk Run Firehall.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a Toyota Corolla driven by Tanya R. Hoover, Rossiter, was traveling north on Route 310 near the Elk Run Firehall when a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Steven E. Przybrowski, DuBois, stopped in front of her vehicle, which struck the rear of his Blazer.

Police said the crash caused major damage to Hoover's vehicle, while Przybrowski's vehicle sustained minor damage.

Way Back When

October 2, 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
(April 1, 1896)

ANDY ANDERSON AGAIN

Gets Into Trouble by Trifling
With Uncle Sam's Mail

Andy is a Slick Article and Has
Heretofore Gotten off Easily

September 30th

Homecoming Queen, Princess crowned

September 30, 2011

Keaton Mohney (second from left) was crowned the Homecoming Queen, and Adrienne Hess (third from left) was crowned the Homecoming Princess during halftime of Friday night’s Punxsy versus Karns City football game. Mohney’s escort was Brody Morgan (far left), while Hess was escorted by Nick Roberts (far right)

Ground is broken, ATA project begins

September 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After nearly seven years in the planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Area Transportation Authority’s (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center building was held Friday.

“I think that a lot of people — and certainly the board members of ATA — didn’t think this was going to happen,” David Gordon, chairman of the ATA Board of Directors, said.

Punxsy is the first of seven transit centers set for construction, and Gordon said he hopes the others go a little easier than this one did.

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