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July 10th, 2011

Car, motorcycle crashes occur over weekend

July 11, 2011

By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A driver and passenger were injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on Snyder Hill Road, Young Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, an Acura RSX driven by Jeffrey W. Smith Jr., 22, Punxsutawney, was traveling west on Snyder Hill Road when he lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a left curve in the roadway.

Duck Derby winners

July 11, 2011

George C. Brown Community Pool lifeguards help ducks toward the finish line Sunday during the annual Duck Derby that benefits the pool. "Duckmaster" Brian Smith picks the winners from the water as they make it through the gate. SPLASH has been holding the event for over a decade, and it started out in the Mahoning Creek but has since moved to the pool. Over 750 tickets were sold this year, and all proceeds go toward the pool's maintenance and upkeep.

July 8th

Groundhog Festival 2011

July 9, 2011

Today's Schedule

• 9 to 10 a.m. — Registration for Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by London Farm and in memory of Dave London. Barclay Square.
• 10 to 11 a.m. — Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; and eight and nine.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Bike Rodeo at Harmon Field. Sponsored by Jefferson County EMS, STAT MedEvac, Punxsutawney Borough Police, the Punxsutawney Fire Department and UPMC Pre-Hospital Care Services (see Page 3 for more information).

Board OKs Fusco taking over juvenile witness program

July 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Friday, the Jefferson County Salary Board unanimously approved Michelle Fusco, the current adult victim witness coordinator, to take over as coordinator of the juvenile victim witness program.
The program’s current coordinator, Dan Leonard, is retiring.

District Attorney Jeff Burkett made the motion, which was seconded by Jeff Pisarcik, county commissioner, to add the juvenile position to Fusco’s job description.

Once again, today — 07.09.11 — is Odd Day

July 8, 2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — That’s right: It’s here again, and according to the now-retired teacher who keeps track of such, well, oddities, there are only two more such dates left in this century.

Once again, today — July 9, 2011 — is Odd Day, according to Ron Gordon, who recently retired as a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif.

If you’re still confused: Today is Odd Day because the date — 07.09.11 — is a correct sequence of odd numbers.

July 7th

County creates natural gas task force

July 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Hoping to put Jefferson County on the map, officials recently created a natural gas task force, with county Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik serving as chairman.

According to Director of Economic Development John Weible, the group is in the early stages of formation, but seeks to debut at the Pennsylvania Gas Expo 2011, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at the IUP Kovalchick Complex in Indiana.

The purpose of the expo is to seek and bring businesses and the public together to educate and network about Marcellus Shale.

Groundhog Festival 2011

July 7, 2011

Today's Groundhog Festival Schedule

- 10 a.m. to noon — Children’s Workshops. Settler-era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House. Sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical Society.
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Mahoning Street near Barclay Square.
- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Kids’ Projects in the Park.
- 11:30 to noon — Balloons The Clown.
- Noon to 1 p.m. — Grandpa Cratchet.
- 12:30 to 1 p.m. — Bubbling & Juggling.
- 1:30 to 2 p.m. — Balloons The Clown.
- 2:30 to 3 p.m. — Bubbling & Juggling.
- 3 to 4 p.m. — Grandpa Cratchet.

July 6th

HELLO FROM AUSTRALIA

July 6, 2011

The McClymonts — sisters (from left) Mollie, Brooke and Samantha, hailing from Grafron, New South Wales, Australia — brought hits from their new CD, “Wrapped Up Good,” and more to the Groundhog Festival Wednesday night in Barclay Square. The band is currently on a tour that will next take them to the Jefferson County Fair — not the local fair, but in Jefferson, Wis. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Fresh Air Fund again welcomes youngsters from New York City

July 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Fifteen Fresh Air Fund kids — between six and 18 years of age — arrived at SS.C.D. Tuesday.

The boys and girls were welcomed with open arms from local host families for a fun-filled week or more mini-vacation.

Some of the youngsters left their New York City homes for the first time, while others returned to visit the same host family for consecutive summers.

July 5th

Groundhog Festival 2011

July 6, 2011

Today's Groundhog Festival Schedule

10 a.m. to noon — Children’s Workshops: Settler-era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House. Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Kids Projects in the Park.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Granpa Cratchet.
10:30 to 11 to a.m. — Registration for Diaper Derby (Crawling Babies) and for Tot Trot (12-18 months on padded course).
11 to 11:30 a.m. — Diaper Derby Race, followed by the Tot Trot Race.
10 to 11 a.m. — Carrie McQueen, Stilt Walking.
11:30 a.m. to noon — Balloons The Clown.

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