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March 2nd, 2011
BROOKVILLE â€” This week, District Attorney Jeffrey D. Burkett welcomed Michelle Fusco as the new victim/witness coordinator, who works to protect the rights of victims of adult offenders.
Fusco moved here from Elk County, where she has more than 14 years experience in Victim Services. She has worked specifically with crime victims for the last 10 years.
She said cases are given to her by law enforcement, district judges and self-referrals.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â€” There were no injuries reported in a two-vehicle accident involving coal trucks around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday along Route 210, North Mahoning Township.
Both trucks, owned by Rosebud Trucking of Kittanning, were traveling, one in front of the other along Route 210, when both drivers lost control on the icy road.
The road conditions caused the one truck to travel into a ditch, while the other blew out tires and ruptured its fuel tank, causing a small diesel fuel spill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, the Punxsy chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized PAHS senior Melissa Blose with its annual Good Citizenship Award, as well as 2010-11 essay winner Sadie Plyler, a student at the Punxsutawney Christian School.
â€¢ At PAHS, Blose is involved in Spanish Club; Key Club, serving as vice-president this year; is a Special Olympics helper; an office helper; and served on the Middle States planning team.
BROOKVILLE â€” Last week, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority discussed possible contracts with private waste haulers that could balance the operating budget.
Despite that possibility, persuading the state legislature to reinstate administration fees is still the No. 1 priority for the authority.
The administration fee would provided the authority with a payment â€” typically between $2 and $4 â€” for each ton of waste collected. The authority operated in a fiscally-healthy way until the administration fee was removed pending a court case.
PITTSBURGH â€” Although the rain had stopped, Jefferson County remained under a flood warning until 9:30 p.m. Monday night, a warning extended from 6:15 p.m. earlier in the day.
Sun is expected today, with temperatures dropping into the 20s tonight.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh said the flood warning included Punxsy, Summerville, Reynoldsville, Dora, Clear Creek State Park, Brookville and Brockway.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel was optimistic Monday that state inmate transfers could be possible in the future.
The county jail has long been interested in housing state inmates, because the jail receives $55 per day for each out-of-county inmate it houses. Currently, the jail has increased revenues by housing inmates from Elk, Cameron and McKean counties.
By Jennifer Barr
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For many, a magical time has arrived once again this year, as boxes upon boxes filled with the famous Girl Scout cookies have been delivered.
Girl Scout cookies are much enjoyed by the community. However, selling them also teaches the girls who are involved in Girl Scouts basic but essential life lessons.
By going door-to-door selling cookies, girls learn communication and people skills in greeting potential costumers.
(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.)
(February 5, 1896)
Death of Little Clara Wells
The papers last week told the sad fact but our hearts crave a few words of fond remembrance.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In commemoration of February as Black History Month, the Punxsutawney Community Center joined with IUP-Punxsutawney campus to host a presentation by Angela Watson.
Through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), Michelle Covert and Theo Turner, both IUP-Punxsutawney administrators, were able to partner with Watson, who was accompanied by dancers and musicians.
Watson, a choreographer, storyteller and former Fulbright Scholar, taught the audience about African-American history through lecture, video and demonstration.