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August 24th, 2011

County lifts ban of burning; still urges caution

August 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

“The conditions have improved,” Director of Emergency Services Tracy Zents said. “The natural grass is starting to come back; it’s greening up again.”

Although the rainfall amounts have slightly improved, Zents urges residents to remain cautious.

At 2.1 inches — the county’s rainfall total average for July — this summer has been the worst since 2007.

Board and parent debate: What is graded, and what is extra-curricular?

August 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When is an activity at Punxsutawney Area High School considered a graded subject, and when is it considered an extra-curricular activity?

That’s the question Cheryl Hollis, mother of Karah L. Hollis, a former PAHS student, asked during the pubic comment portion of the Punxsy school board’s agenda Wednesday.

130 YEARS OF CORN COB CLUB

August 24, 2011

Now in its 130th year, the Corn Cob Club — Jefferson County’s oldest social organization — 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’s event were (front, from left) Fred Roberts; Snyder, president, holding Jessie; L. Eugene “Snuffy” Smith; Bud Dunkel; (second row) Bill Deeley; Dr. Paul “Rusty” 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.

August 23rd

Punxsy residents agree: We felt the quake here, too

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whether they were working, sleeping or just taking a second to enjoy the weather, several residents felt tremors from Tuesday’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

The Spirit’s 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.

Police warn residents to lock vehicles following recent thefts

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — especially guns — elsewhere.

August 22nd

‘Groundhog Day’ movie draws bike group to area

August 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Beating the heat, construction crews keep on working outside

August 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — even if it means working in the heat.

August 21st

Big Run residents: We want police speed patrols

August 21, 2011

BIG RUN — 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.

Way Back When

August 21, 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
(March 25, 1896)

DEADLY AFTER DAMP
It Causes Horrible Disaster
at Adrian Mines.
TWO MEN PERISH FROM
SUFFOCATION
And Half a Dozen Others Resuscitated
After Life Seemed Extinct

August 19th

Principal: Charges for laptop damages should help curb ‘accidents’

August 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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’s take-home laptop computers should be responsible for financial costs — 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.

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