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September 20th, 2011

Cecilia McCann gardens low to the ground, close to the earth

September 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s a manner of gardening that works just fine for Cecilia (Wehrle) McCann, but at times, it may alarm passersby.

Given the fact that her eyesight isn’t what it used to be, she gets low to the ground, generally on her knees or lower, for a better look at the flowers she’s tending at her Liberty Street home.

“It’s hard on my legs, so I just get on the ground,” Mrs. McCann — also known as Aunt Deed, a derivative of her childhood nickname, Dee Dee Dumpling — said Tuesday. “I can’t stand up that long, and I can’t see that far anyway.”

Historic West End building set for demolition this week

September 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Over the years, there have been many high-profile fires that have heavily damaged or destroyed historic buildings in Punxsutawney, but a fire that destroyed a building Feb. 16 has taken some more of history with it.

This time, it’s a part of Clayville history.

There was the Dec. 24, 1971, fire that destroyed the Jordan Furniture Company, Freelee’s Store and other buildings along East Mahoning and North Jefferson streets, as well as a Nov. 16, 1982, fire on Thanksgiving at the Findley Hotel.

September 19th

Punxsy couple’s Web comic growing after half-million hits

September 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A year ago at this time, Thom and Kambrea Pratt had no idea whether their Web comic, “Shadowbinders,” would be successful.

The couple, who used to color and design characters such as Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for Gemstone’s Disney comics, believe the Internet is the future of comics, so they decided to post “Shadowbinders” on the Web Aug. 27, 2010.

The comic really took off this past January, which they believe is because, in part, they use social networking sites such as Facebook and the marketing site Projectwonderful to spread the word.

PennDOT: Traffic signal project back on track

September 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work resumed Monday on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, with the replacement of the pedestrian curb ramps.
Kirby Starr, project manager for PennDOT, said the $1.1 million project was delayed was due to a switch to a different type of pole, which requires different anchor bolts, and was also subject to approval by PennDOT.

Starr said the traffic light project on North Findley, Pine and Torrence streets is not a part of the downtown Mahoning Street traffic light project.

Big Run eyes hiring Sykesville officer part-time

September 19, 2011

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh provided information to borough council about hiring a part-time police officer to help slow down speeding vehicles in the borough.

Buterbaugh said at Monday’s council meeting that he learned from Sykesville Borough Council that it was in the process of hiring another part-time police officer and has a police cruiser for sale. He also spoke with Sykesville Council members about the possibility of hiring one of its officers to patrol in Big Run.

September 18th

DAR celebrating Constitution Week

September 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) would like to encourage everyone to stand up and cheer during the celebration of Constitution Week, but to also take time to learn more about this very important document.

Friday, Mayor James Wehrle proclaimed Constitution Week in Punxsy, a commemoration — that is also one of this country’s least known official observances — of one of America’s most important documents.

Punxsy High School Class of '51 reunites

September 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1951 gathered this past weekend at Camp Little Leo to celebrate their 60th reunion.

More than 80 members of the class were present over the two-day celebration.

"The fellowship is really the important thing," reunion co-chairman Bob Bish said Sunday after the luncheon. "You can really see the bond in this class."

The 60th class reunion was dedicated to Margaret C. Boles, an English teacher at PHS who passed away during the class' junior year.

NEVER FORGOTTEN

September 18, 2011

The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 held a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony Saturday, starting off with the Color Guard posting the POW/MIA flag. Gospel music was played, and the audience listened to excerpts from John McCain's account of being a POW. Everyone in attendance joined in prayer to pay tribute to the American soldiers who had to suffer as POWs, as well as and the many American soldiers whose whereabouts are still unknown.

September 16th

Spirit views addition of new press equipment as a community investment

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some readers will notice a difference with the newspaper, others will not.

The change, whether you’ve observed it or not: For one, the paper  may now and then consist of one section, as opposed to several eight-, six- or four-page sections.

The origin: Three new units for The Spirit’s press were installed as part of an ongoing expansion of the paper, which, over the past few months, has included the return of its job shop, a return to full local printing operations. 

Lorenzo’s work caps four-way honors for W. Mahoning St. locations

September 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Yes, attorney Nicholas Lorenzo Jr. has a fine office among the houses along Millionaires’ Row, but the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society has also cited him for his keen story-telling about one of Punxsy’s most famous residents.

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