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August 24th, 2011
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ Just a few days shy of the 30-day mark, the county-wide burn ban has been lifted.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners lifted the ban at their regular meeting.
‚ÄúThe conditions have improved,‚ÄĚ Director of Emergency Services Tracy Zents said. ‚ÄúThe natural grass is starting to come back; it‚Äôs greening up again.‚ÄĚ
Although the rainfall amounts have slightly improved, Zents urges residents to remain cautious.
At 2.1 inches ‚ÄĒ the county‚Äôs rainfall total average for July ‚ÄĒ this summer has been the worst since 2007.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ When is an activity at Punxsutawney Area High School considered a graded subject, and when is it considered an extra-curricular activity?
That‚Äôs the question Cheryl Hollis, mother of Karah L. Hollis, a former PAHS student, asked during the pubic comment portion of the Punxsy school board‚Äôs agenda Wednesday.
Now in its 130th year, the Corn Cob Club ‚ÄĒ Jefferson County‚Äôs oldest social organization ‚ÄĒ held its annual summer get-together Wednesday evening at the camp of Judge Edwin Snyder (front, second from left) near Rochester Mills. On hand for this year‚Äôs event were (front, from left) Fred Roberts; Snyder, president, holding Jessie; L. Eugene ‚ÄúSnuffy‚ÄĚ Smith; Bud Dunkel; (second row) Bill Deeley; Dr. Paul ‚ÄúRusty‚ÄĚ Johnston, vice-president; Dick Smith; Jim Gigliotti; Jack Grube; (third) Tom Brown; Bill Cooper; Larry Neal; Max Neal; Wick Divelbiss; (fourth) Rick Fairman, A.J.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Whether they were working, sleeping or just taking a second to enjoy the weather, several residents felt tremors from Tuesday‚Äôs 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.
The Spirit‚Äôs phone lines became quite busy after readers in the area felt tremors from the quake, which was centered around Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., according to the the U.S. Geological Survey.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles due to numerous thefts that have occurred recently.
Police Chief Tom Fedigan said several vehicles were entered over the last week, with numerous items taken.
Fedigan said the thefts have been occurring throughout the borough, most recently in the Elk Run section of town.
According to police, some of the items taken include cell phones, a laptop computer, GPS units, sunglasses and cash.
He urged everyone to lock their vehicles and store valuables ‚ÄĒ especially guns ‚ÄĒ elsewhere.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ There were many unique styles of bicycles on the road in Punxsutawney Monday, operated by a group of cyclists from Europe who are pedaling their way across the U.S. from Portland, Ore.. to Washington, D.C.. as part of "RollOver America (ROAM)".
The ROAM riders have been pedaling their way across the U.S. on velomobiles since July 28, and are scheduled to arrive Friday in Washington.
A velomobile, or tricycle car, is a human-powered vehicle, enclosed for aerodynamic advantage and protection from weather and collisions.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ This summer has been one of the warmest in some time, and many people might seek relief by going into an air-conditioned indoor space or taking a dip in a swimming pool.
But when one is on a time schedule, construction workers have no choice but to work through the heat.
Workers from Mistick Construction of Pittsburgh and area subcontractors are working daily to keep on schedule for the opening of Grace Place, a senior apartment complex at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets ‚ÄĒ even if it means working in the heat.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Last Monday, Big Run Borough Council members said residents are again wanting them to hire a part-time police officer to patrol borough streets.
Council president Nick Lantz said one of the reasons residents have approached him is the constant speeding along Route 119 and on borough streets.
Mayor Joe Buterbaugh said there has been discussion with municipalities such as Falls Creek and Sykesville about sharing a part-time officer with Big Run.
(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.)
(March 25, 1896)
DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ At least one member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board is not buying into the idea that a student who damages one of the high school‚Äôs take-home laptop computers should be responsible for financial costs ‚ÄĒ especially considering the age of the machines.
Last Monday, board member Bob Pascuzzo was the sole board member who voted against approving the 21st Century Learning handbook for the 2011-12 school year with a 7-1 vote.
Board member Penny Pierce was excused from the meeting.