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June 3rd, 2011

Jump on in! George C. Brown Community Pool opens today

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the pool’s opening today.

Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said she’s excited to begin a summer filled with events, parties and daily activities.

This summer, the pool will host weekly games such as watermelon races; treasure hunt diving; centipede races; and even contests to race one of the pool staff’s lifeguards.

Vacation starts in style

June 3, 2011

June 2nd

Personnel rescue man found near the creek

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.

After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man he’d been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.

Former Steeler tells PCS grads: Leading a Christian life means dealing with the messes

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Perhaps it was a reference to his days on a muddy gridiron, but Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Jon Kolb had some unusual advice for the three graduating seniors from the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) Class of 2011.

Take the messy way.

Kolb was among those addressing PCS’ three seniors — valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal — during the school’s annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.

PennDOT reiterates warning: Lots of construction this summer

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, the Route 119 Improvement Committee received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Scott Snyder, PennDOT Jefferson County assistant manager, said this will be a very busy construction season throughout the county, especially in the Punxsy area.

• Punxsutawney signals – Snyder said this project is for the installation of replacement traffic signals, upgrades to pedestrian curb cuts and other related construction through downtown.

May 30th

Man sent to hospital after crash into tree

May 31, 2011

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A one-vehicle accident sent a Punxsutawney man to the hospital after his vehicle struck a tree at 2 p.m. Monday on Route 119, North Mahoning Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles G. Rumpf, 68, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 near Midway Stables when he fell asleep and his vehicle traveled off the roadway.

Police said Rumpf's vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Way Back When

May 31, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

The Adrian Hospital will accommodate, in its present condition, eighteen people. It was designed for twelve, but additional cots have been placed in every available place until it has half a more than it was intended to hold. The hospital is always crowded.

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TRIED TO KILL HIS WIFE
A Brookville Man Who

May 27th

Local groups team up to help twister victims in Missouri

May 28, 2011

BROOKVILLE — At least 125 people died in Joplin, Mo., when a mile-long tornado struck last Sunday, leaving in its path complete devastation.
But amid tragedy, there is hope.

In conjunction with Clarion County Career Center and Charlie Schrecengost Trucking (CST), the Jefferson County Firemen’s Association will gather goods to send to tornado victims.

Memorial Day Services

May 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY
• A Memorial Day parade and service, sponsored by American Legion Post 62 and VFW Post 2076, will be conducted Monday.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. with services following at Barclay Square bandstand at 11 a.m.
The veterans’ memorial wreath will be placed at Circle Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. The public’s participation and attendance will be greatly appreciated.

BIG RUN
• VFW Post 9044 and Ladies’ Auxiliary, Big Run, will hold a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Fairview Cemetery, Church Street.

PAHS welcomes Air Force sergeant as speaker for graduation

May 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School District will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a location — Jack LaMarca Memorial Field or the PAHS auditorium, in the event of inclement weather — to be determined.

The guest speaker will be Senior Master Sergeant Charles Buterbaugh, a 1991 PAHS graduate.

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