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August 2nd, 2011

Residents worry as arsonist targets Big Run buildings

August 2, 2011

BIG RUN — As the number of arson fires in the Big Run area continues to mount following the ruling that a second fire at a house on Caroline Street was intentionally set on fire, people are becoming more concerned.
Area residents, whose names will remain anonymous, said they are afraid to go to sleep at night because of the worry that their homes could be next.

Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president,said that many people who live in Big Run are asking him what they can do to help deter any more arson fires — and catch the individual(s) who are starting these blazes.

Library Days continue today

August 2, 2011

Cindy Hill (left), a committee volunteer for Friends of the Library, set up a used book sale in front of County Market Tuesday to help raise money for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Hill said the committee plans to donate the money from the used book sale to the young adult section this year. Buying books to help benefit the library is Roxanne Morris. The book sale was part of Library Days, which continue daily this week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

August 1st

Way to play ball, Champs

August 2, 2011

The Punxsy 13- and 14-year-old VFW Teener League All-Stars clinched the state title with a 14-6 win over Schuylkill County East All-Stars Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney. Pictured with the championship trophy are players: (front, from left) Matt Griffith, Ruben Taylor, Doug Pollock, Tyler Geer, Ryan Jones; (second row) T.J. Petro, Zach Bevak, Ethan Ambler, Dakotah Byers, Bryson Paulinellie, Brandon Blose, Keeston Perry and Lance Pennington.

Phantastic Phil! co-creator restores statue, remembers friendship

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As it happens over time, some things begin to wear down and need to be refurbished. The same can be said about some of the "Phantastic Phils!" throughout Punxsy.

Recently, "Fireman Phil," on display in front of the Central Fire Department at the Mahoning East Civic Center, was taken into the shop for restoration by one of its original co-creators, Nance Finley.

Library Days continue today with ice cream

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

July 31st

Another fire, same house; police asking for tips on Big Run fire

August 1, 2011

BIG RUN — 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 – again at the James Stellabuto Sr. residence – 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.

Local author releases fifth book in kids’ series

August 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

August 1, 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 25, 1896)

GOOD NEWS FOR MINERS
The B., R. & P. Coal & Iron Company
Voluntarily Advance Wages

July 29th

PSP: Big Run fire is arson, attempted murder

July 29, 2011

BIG RUN — 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.

Next phase of PAH e-records goes live Monday

July 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The main goal of Punxsutawney Area Hospital’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.

 Thanks to hospital staff implementing the transition behind the scenes, patients really shouldn’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.

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