Archive - News Article
August 1st, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Library Days continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week, with Ice Cream Day today at Fezell's County Market in the Groundhog Plaza.
The event is a week-long fund-raiser for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
"With all the budget cuts of other libraries, we like to do everything we can to keep our library open," library board Vice-President Barbara Burkett said.
BIG RUN â€” Early Saturday morning, firefighters fought a fire at a Caroline Street, Big Run, residence for the second time in a week.
This time, the fire â€“ again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence â€“ destroyed what was left of the interior, and the house sustained heavy damage.
Firefighters from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. It was fully involved when firefighters arrived on-scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Author/illustrator Julie Branken's magical "Bubble" is back in a fifth book, and this time, even more members of Branken's family are along for the ride.
"Bubble's World Book 5: Frogs and Fairies," which Branken wrote under her pen-name, Jules, again features three of the stars from her previous books: Grandsons Vincent (age nine) and Ben (age seven) Gigliotti and their English cousin, Rosanna.
But this time, the children are joined by Vincent and Ben's five-year-oldsister, Isabella.
(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.)
(March 25, 1896)
GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages
BIG RUN â€” The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal has ruled that a fire that destroyed a home in Big Run Tuesday as arson and attempted homicide.
Cpl. Charles E. Gross, Troop C fire marshal, said the fire that destroyed the home owned by James Stellabuto Sr. on Caroline Street began outside the garage in the rear of the building sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:47 a.m. Wednesday.
Gross said whoever started this latest fire not only would be charged with arson, but also with attempted homicide, since the owner was at home when the fire broke out.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The main goal of Punxsutawney Area Hospitalâ€™s transition to electronic medical records (EMR): Patient safety, improving the quality of patient care and staying competitive in a quickly-changing health care field.
Â Thanks to hospital staff implementing the transition behind the scenes, patients really shouldnâ€™t notice any difference in services, aside from perhaps a few more questions from their doctors or nurses. And that staff will now have a computer to input their information that they collect into the system.
BROOKVILLE â€” At the Solid Waste Authority meeting Wednesday, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper expressed hope about hosting an electronics collection in Jefferson County.
The authority discussed this possibility two months ago at its May meeting; however, Cooper said she is more hopeful now because â€śthereâ€™s so many electronic companies that are looking for electronics because of the new disposal law.â€ť
Due to tonight's weather forecast, tonight's Movie in the Park, "Rio," has been moved from Barclay Square to the Punxsutawney Area Middle School. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m.
It was almost a game-time decision: Concede to possible showers and move Music in the Park indoors to the Jackson Theater, or gut it out outdoors and hope for the best. In the end, slight showers did fall during the performance of G3 (from left) â€” Jim Davis on bass, Russ Timblin on drums and John Griffiths on guitar â€” but the majority of the crowd stuck around, making it the fourth show of the Music in the Park series to pull it off outdoors.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Who says thereâ€™s no such thing as a free lunch?
Well, Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area School District approved free breakfast once classes resume this fall.
Cafeteria Manager Denise Geist had proposed a free breakfast day for students in all grades in order to attract more students to the program.
The board approved Wednesday, Sept. 21, as the day that free breakfast will be available to students in the district.
Geist also requested that the board approve an increase in price for a la carte lunch items that are made available as extra items for students.