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May 4th, 2011
The Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted members of the PAHS chapter of the National Honor Society during the clubâs spring banquet Wednesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Senior NHS members are (front, from left) Jocelyn Hughes, Lauren McGarvey, Katrina Anderson, Sue Ann Smith, Stephanie Young, Alexandria Heitzenrater, Melissa Blose, Keri Dinsmore, Shannon Byerly, Krystin Vanderpool, Milea Schall, Timi Shiock, Danielle Knopick, Jacquelyn Barnett, Danica Refernce, Emily Forrest, Kayla Knox; (back) Superintendent and NHS advisor Dr.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A word from Borough Manager Ben White to busy motorists and pedestrians as the boroughâs summer construction season draws near: âPatience ... lots and lots of patience this summer.â
During Punxsutawney Borough Councilâs Public Works Committee meeting Tuesday, Chairman Roger Steele said the Torrence Street widening project is going as planned, and crews hope to pave the soon-to-be two-way street this week â weather-permitting, of course.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The 60th-annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, with the local observance to be held with a community prayer breakfast at 8 a.m., with a prayer service to follow from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church Family Life Center, Route 436, Young Township.
This yearâs theme is âA Mighty Fortress is Our God.â
BROOKVILLE â Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a forum â sponsored by the Brookville and Punxsutawney Area and the Greater DuBois Area Chambers of Commerce, TURN (Taxpayers United for Representation) and the Pennsylvania Freedom Fighters â Tuesday at the Jefferson County courthouse.
Each candidate was given time to answer several questions read by moderator Randy Bartley.
These are answers to the first question posed to candidates:
How can county government be more transparent so people can be better informed as to what is going on?
BIG RUN â Acknowledging what has been a nationally recognized holiday since 1958, the VFW Post 9044, VFW District 19 of Pennsylvania and Ladies Auxiliary presented a Loyalty Day program Sunday in the Big Run War Memorial.
"Many of our holidays celebrate the birthdays of famous people or other historical events in the development of our country, but the one we celebrate today is different from all the rest," VFW Post 9044 Senior Vice- Commander Jim Soliday said. "Today is a holiday that celebrates an idea â the idea was democracy."
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported inpast issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
February 19, 1896
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PAHS students got an eyeful Friday morning through the annual âProm Promiseâ mock crash, sponsored by the schoolâs SADD Club.
Tpr. Bruce A. Morris, Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police community relations officer, said the simulated crash helps to illustrate the message of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Morris said many young people donât understand what happens from the initial impact of a crash through possible dealings with the court system. The mock crash brings home as to how long it takes; how many people are involved; and the response time.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May as Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Month in the county.
Attending the proclamation meeting were Heidi Stahl-necker, BBBS program coordinator for Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, and LuAnn McMackin of the Guidance Center, which oversees the local program.
âBig Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,â Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.