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June 5th, 2011

Toaster the cause of Mahoning Towers fire

June 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.

Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.

Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.

Just Splashin' Around

June 6, 2011

Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.

Way Back When

June 6, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.

June 3rd

Grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s inspires Punxsy man to row for Fox Foundation

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.

Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, launched his modified canoe — dubbed “Steady Eddie” — into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.

Jump on in! George C. Brown Community Pool opens today

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the pool’s opening today.

Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said she’s excited to begin a summer filled with events, parties and daily activities.

This summer, the pool will host weekly games such as watermelon races; treasure hunt diving; centipede races; and even contests to race one of the pool staff’s lifeguards.

Vacation starts in style

June 3, 2011

June 2nd

Personnel rescue man found near the creek

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.

After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man he’d been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.

Former Steeler tells PCS grads: Leading a Christian life means dealing with the messes

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Perhaps it was a reference to his days on a muddy gridiron, but Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Jon Kolb had some unusual advice for the three graduating seniors from the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) Class of 2011.

Take the messy way.

Kolb was among those addressing PCS’ three seniors — valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal — during the school’s annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.

PennDOT reiterates warning: Lots of construction this summer

June 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, the Route 119 Improvement Committee received an update on area highway construction projects from PennDOT District 10.
Scott Snyder, PennDOT Jefferson County assistant manager, said this will be a very busy construction season throughout the county, especially in the Punxsy area.

• Punxsutawney signals – Snyder said this project is for the installation of replacement traffic signals, upgrades to pedestrian curb cuts and other related construction through downtown.

May 30th

Man sent to hospital after crash into tree

May 31, 2011

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A one-vehicle accident sent a Punxsutawney man to the hospital after his vehicle struck a tree at 2 p.m. Monday on Route 119, North Mahoning Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2010 Lincoln Town Car driven by Charles G. Rumpf, 68, Punxsutawney, was traveling north on Route 119 near Midway Stables when he fell asleep and his vehicle traveled off the roadway.

Police said Rumpf's vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.

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