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June 5th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
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.
(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.)
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs 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 Parkinsonâs Research, launched his modified canoe â dubbed âSteady Eddieâ â into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the poolâs opening today.
Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said sheâs 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 staffâs lifeguards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 heâd been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 PCSâ three seniors â valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal â during the schoolâs annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
âą Punxsutawney signals â Snyder said this project is for the installation of replacement traffic signals, upgrades to pedestrian curb cuts and other related construction through downtown.
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP â 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.