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September 6th, 2011

Owner: Mary A.’s transformation to Graystone Court should be done by July

September 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whatever happened to the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School? It is transitioning into Graystone Court.

Jeff Long, owner of Graystone Court, purchased the empty school last year from the Punxsutawney Area School District and is converting it into independent living apartments for seniors 55 and older.

Long said there is a need to provide quality, affordable housing to those seeking a safe, maintenance-free home.

Committee will again look at Grace Way, Water St. parking

September 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The elimination of parking on Grace Way and Water Street was discussed at Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, with members agreeing to take a second look at the elimination of all parking on the two streets because of increased truck traffic.

With the construction of a brine water treatment facility adjacent to the sewage treatment plant, the increased truck traffic has been a concern of council, committee member Roger Steele said.

September 5th

Fire damages Rossiter garage

September 5, 2011

ROSSITER — The cause of a garage fire that broke out in Rossiter early Saturday morning has yet to be determined.

The fire broke out in Emery Monoskey's garage around 6:30 a.m. Saturday on Center Street in Rossiter.

No one was injured.

However, heat from the garage fire caused minor damage to Monoskey's home, Joe Pisano Sr., fire chief of Rossiter's Volunteer Fire Company said.

Firefighters from Rossiter were the first to respond. Central Fire Department, Perry Township, Marion Center and Big Run also responded to the fire.

Way Back When

September 5, 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
(April 1, 1896)

Let Us Have a High School
What this town needs, as we have heretofore remarked on divers and sundry occasions, is a good high school, where our boys and girls can fit themselves to enter college. It is important beyond anything else.

September 2nd

PAHS grad makes music with the Ravens

September 2, 2011

BALTIMORE — It may be unfathomable to fans in western Pennsylvania, but according to local native Todd Clontz, it is possible: Transitioning from a Pitts-burgh Steelers fan to — get this — a Baltimore Ravens fan.
“I grew up in the 1970s and watched Terry Bradshaw and the boys,” he said Friday. “I remember the Super Bowls back then — definitely the third and fourth ones.

September 1st

Devin Mesoraco makes his MLB debut

September 1, 2011

CINCINNATI — Devin Mesoraco’s journey to the Major Leagues started June 1, 2007, when he was drafted in the first round with the 15th pick of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

That journey ended Thursday, when Mesoraco was called up from the AAA Louisville Bats and placed on the Reds’ 40-man roster.
Now, a new journey has begun.

Since he was a young man, right here in Punxsutawney, Mesoraco has been a standout athlete, but at every new level comes a new question: Can he stand out at this level with the elevated competition?

Rebert’s defense seeks to suppress some evidence

September 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — An evidence suppression hearing was held Thursday in the case of an Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple in 2010.

Thursday, attorneys for defendant Steven Patrick Rebert filed several motions in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora suppress certain pieces of evidence that were introduced by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett through cross examination of Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Ray, the criminal investigation assessment officer.

County salutes senior centers in September

September 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed September 2011 as National Senior Community Center Month and Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011 as Senior Community Center Week.

The commissioners are encouraging all Jefferson County residents to recognize the important role senior community centers play in the lives of older persons in Jefferson County.

“I would like to thank the commissioners and our volunteers for their continuing support of the senior centers,” Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, said.

August 31st

REDS CALL UP MESORACO

August 31, 2011

LOUISVILLE — Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: He’s been called up to the Major Leagues.

According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Reds’ AAA-affiliate Bats’ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldn’t be playing Wednesday night, and he’d be officially called up for Cincinnati’s 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.

After his first year, Wolfe looks back, looks forward

August 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think that the last year went by quickly, ask Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe: He says his first year as chief administrator of a large rural school district flew right by him.

Wolfe said his first year was smooth, and it helped that the district was left in good financial shape by his predecessor, Dr. J. Thomas Frantz, who retired at the end of 2009-10 school year.

“This was my first year as a superintendent, but quite honestly, it was one of the best years that I’ve had as an administrator,” Wolfe said.

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