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May 18th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During its meeting Wednesday at Mary‚Äôs Place, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club named Shana Maines, daughter of Samuel and Virginia Maines of Big Run, as the recipient of the Glenn M. Means Outstanding Vocational Student Award.
A member of the Jeff Tech Class of 2011, Maines participated in the Career and Technical Student Organization; the National Technical Honor Society; the National Society for High School Scholars; the Cosmetology Shop; Dance Committee and Colorguard.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The Republican and Democratic incumbent candidates for Jefferson County commissioner withstood a strong challenge from a field of nine candidates for the sought-after posts.
Incumbent Paul Corbin was the top vote-getter on the Republican ballot, with 2,799 votes, or 32 percent of the vote. Fellow incumbent James P. McIntyre received 2,336 votes, or 26 percent.
Challenger Paul A. Bishop received 1,057 votes (12 percent).
Corbin and McIntyre‚Äôs names will appear on the November ballot as the top two Republicans.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ What looked to be a tightly-contested race for the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners in the Republican primary election turned into a runaway for incumbents Paul Corbin and James McIntrye.
The Tuesday election saw Corbin and McIntyre receive 2,799 and 2,336 votes, respectively. Those totals outpaced their Republican rivals, including Paul Bishop (1,057 votes), David Black (996) and Ira Sunderland (929).
Corbin and McIntyre both expressed gratitude to their voting constituents, and saw the primary victories as affirmation that they are performing their duties well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet will present a Dance Showcase 2011 featuring ‚ÄúThe Red Shoes,‚ÄĚ at 7 p.m. Friday at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
The Dance Showcase 2011 will feature the ballet, modern, jazz and tap students from Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet.
Featured will be senior dancers Taylor Hopkins and Samantha Osikowicz with choreography by April Astorino, Nancy Jones, Melanie McBee, Sarah Parker and guest artists Todd Englander and Trevor Runco.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ State Sen. Joe Scarnati recalled Monday how when he was first elected president pro tem of the state Senate, his colleague, state Rep. Sam Smith was also elected House minority leader.
Scarnati recalled saying to Smith how great it would be one day if he were president pro tem, and Smith was elected Speaker of the House.
Scarnati recalled Smith saying, ‚ÄúI just hope there‚Äôs enough time.‚ÄĚ
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ The Big Run Arch Bridge replacement is nearly complete, as the new span was open to traffic once again Monday evening.
The project, which began last summer, is almost finished, as work on the tie-ins to the bridge need to be completed and the temporary road needs removed.
Deborah L. Casadei, M.B.A., District Press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 10, said the traffic pattern change occurred Monday evening.
The bridge over Big Run Creek is located between Smyers and Caroline streets in Big Run.
FRANKLIN ‚ÄĒ Welcome to all-day turkey hunting, which begins today for the first time in Pennsylvania hunting history.
Terry Wills, supervisor at the Northwest Pennsylvania Game Commission office in Franklin, said today is a historic day, now that turkey hunting is allowed throughout the day ‚Äď from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of Game Commissioners last year, as part of the 2010-11 season and bag limits package.¬†
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.)
February 26, 1896
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Although they have not sponsored billboards or painted their automobiles with scripture verses or distributed tracts, a number of area ministers realize that there are people in the United States and around the globe, who earnestly believe that May 21 will be Judgment Day, when Christ returns to gather the faithful before the end of the physical world occurs in October.
SYKESVILLE ‚ÄĒ A fire in Sykesville caused heavy damage to a house owned by Jeremy Sedor, 400 Mary‚Äôs Alley, Wednesday evening.
Sykesville Fire Chief Kevin Yamrick said the fire began around 11 p.m. in a shed adjacent to the house and quickly spread to the house, causing heavy damage to the interior.
Sedor, who is the Sykesville Fire Department assistant chief, said he, his son Jordan and dog Dozer were asleep in the house when his neighbor, Brian Sharpe, noticed smoke coming from the shed when he let his dog out around 11 p.m. Sharpe then banged on Sedor‚Äôs door to alert him.