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May 4th, 2011

ROTARY SALUTES NHS MEMBERS

May 4, 2011

The Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted members of the PAHS chapter of the National Honor Society during the club’s 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.

May 3rd

Borough’s summer construction calls for ‘lots of patience’

May 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A word from Borough Manager Ben White to busy motorists and pedestrians as the borough’s summer construction season draws near: “Patience ... lots and lots of patience this summer.”

During Punxsutawney Borough Council’s 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 — weather-permitting, of course.

Alliance Church hosts National Day of Prayer events Thursday

May 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 year’s theme is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

Commission hopefuls discuss open government

May 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission participated in a forum — 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 — 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?

May 2nd

Chalk on the Walk

May 2, 2011

May 1st

One Sweet Night

May 2, 2011

Loyalty Day recognized in Big Run

May 2, 2011

BIG RUN — 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 — the idea was democracy."

Way Back When

May 2, 2011

(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.)
 
Local Intelligence
February 19, 1896

April 29th

SADD Club uses mock crash to show real-life trauma

April 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PAHS students got an eyeful Friday morning through the annual “Prom Promise” mock crash, sponsored by the school’s 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 don’t 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.

‘Big’ month of May in Jefferson County

April 29, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven effective program and is one of the oldest prevention programs around,” Stahlnecker said, citing statistics that indicate program benefits.

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