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July 13th, 2011

State budget’s done, but county still has questions

July 14, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Although this is the first time in nine years that Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a state budget on time, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered.

During Wednesday’s Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners could not relay information about final budget figures because they themselves have little to no information.

Chairman Paul Corbin called it a game in progress.

July 12th

Road work set to begin today

July 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now that the festival season has concluded in Punxsutawney for another year, it’s time for borough residents and motorists to prepare for the return of construction season.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said at Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that motorists should prepare themselves for significant delays beginning today.

Contractor Power Contracting will shut down the intersection of Jefferson Street and Mahoning Street today, Fedigan said, and there will be delays in the downtown area, along with parking restrictions and tagged meters.

Groups, volunteers gear up for Relay’s celebration of life

July 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are festivals for mountain laurel, Punxsutawney Phil and even fall leaves, but this weekend, there will be a festival in Barclay Square that celebrates life: The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Not only does the relay celebrate many cancer survivors, it also promotes research to find a cure.

As of last week, teams have raised $45,000. The ultimate goal is $78,000.
This year’s theme is “Disco — Stayin’ Alive.”

July 11th

Board OKs waiving facility usage fee for Civil Service testing

July 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board will waive a fee for the local police department’s Civil Service testing, but some board members wonder if that will mean other groups looking for waivers on facility fees as well.

Monday, the agenda item — moved by board member Jack White, seconded by Penny Pifer — was already defeated with a 3-3 vote at a previous meeting. Because of the tie vote, the motion did not pass, but Monday, it passed with a 5-3 vote.

County History Center earns national award for exhibit

July 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — For the second time, the Jefferson County Historical Society is receiving national recognition.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that the Jefferson County Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit, “Living on the Land.”

“It’s a real honor for a small organization to be able to win this national award,” said Kenneth Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County History Center.

In 2008, JCHC was also recognized by the AASLH.

Way Back When

July 11, 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

The Golden Sands of Alaskan Lakes

July 10th

Firefighters called twice to personal care home

July 11, 2011

ADRIAN — Multiple fire companies responded to a call at AM/PM Personal Care Home in Adrian when smoke alarms went off at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters from seven companies were called to the scene of the facility that houses mostly elderly residents.

Bryan Smith, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company chief, said there was quite a bit of smoke in the structure when firefighters arrived on scene.
Smith said a short search helped firefighters determine the smoke was coming from an air conditioning unit.

Car, motorcycle crashes occur over weekend

July 11, 2011

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A driver and passenger were injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on Snyder Hill Road, Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, an Acura RSX driven by Jeffrey W. Smith Jr., 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Snyder Hill Road when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a left curve in the roadway.

Duck Derby winners

July 11, 2011

George C. Brown Community Pool lifeguards help ducks toward the finish line Sunday during the annual Duck Derby that benefits the pool. "Duckmaster" Brian Smith picks the winners from the water as they make it through the gate. SPLASH has been holding the event for over a decade, and it started out in the Mahoning Creek but has since moved to the pool. Over 750 tickets were sold this year, and all proceeds go toward the pool's maintenance and upkeep.

July 8th

Groundhog Festival 2011

July 9, 2011

Today's Schedule

• 9 to 10 a.m. — Registration for Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by London Farm and in memory of Dave London. Barclay Square.
• 10 to 11 a.m. — Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; and eight and nine.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Bike Rodeo at Harmon Field. Sponsored by Jefferson County EMS, STAT MedEvac, Punxsutawney Borough Police, the Punxsutawney Fire Department and UPMC Pre-Hospital Care Services (see Page 3 for more information).

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