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July 14th, 2011

Bidders may move forward on ATA project

July 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Plans for the construction of a new ATA terminal continue to proceed as the successful low bidders have received notice to proceed with the project.

Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the contractors are about to receive the notice to proceed.

After the contractors receive the notice to proceed, they have 10 days to begin construction, Glessner said.

She added that this might be the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Music in the Park

July 14, 2011

Midlife Crisis singer Jesse DeChurch (left) had some help on percussion from Kaylah Burke, who leaped onstage from the audience Thursday during the band’s performance to kick off Music in the Park.

July 13th

ROAD WORK BEGINS

July 13, 2011

Construction workers from Power Contracting and Jefferson Paving work on the $1.1 million PennDOT downtown traffic signal project Wednesday at the Jefferson Street/Mahoning Street intersection. Construction was halted for the last two weeks to accommodate Old Home Week and the Groundhog Festival. Motorists are advised to avoid this area as flagman are directing traffic during periods of construction. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

State budget’s done, but county still has questions

July 13, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Although this is the first time in nine years that Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed a state budget on time, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered.

During Wednesday’s Jefferson County Commission meeting, the commissioners could not relay information about final budget figures because they themselves have little to no information.

Chairman Paul Corbin called it a game in progress.

July 12th

Road work set to begin today

July 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now that the festival season has concluded in Punxsutawney for another year, it’s time for borough residents and motorists to prepare for the return of construction season.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said at Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting that motorists should prepare themselves for significant delays beginning today.

Contractor Power Contracting will shut down the intersection of Jefferson Street and Mahoning Street today, Fedigan said, and there will be delays in the downtown area, along with parking restrictions and tagged meters.

Groups, volunteers gear up for Relay’s celebration of life

July 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are festivals for mountain laurel, Punxsutawney Phil and even fall leaves, but this weekend, there will be a festival in Barclay Square that celebrates life: The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Not only does the relay celebrate many cancer survivors, it also promotes research to find a cure.

As of last week, teams have raised $45,000. The ultimate goal is $78,000.
This year’s theme is “Disco — Stayin’ Alive.”

July 11th

Board OKs waiving facility usage fee for Civil Service testing

July 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board will waive a fee for the local police department’s Civil Service testing, but some board members wonder if that will mean other groups looking for waivers on facility fees as well.

Monday, the agenda item — moved by board member Jack White, seconded by Penny Pifer — was already defeated with a 3-3 vote at a previous meeting. Because of the tie vote, the motion did not pass, but Monday, it passed with a 5-3 vote.

County History Center earns national award for exhibit

July 11, 2011

BROOKVILLE — For the second time, the Jefferson County Historical Society is receiving national recognition.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that the Jefferson County Historical Society is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the exhibit, “Living on the Land.”

“It’s a real honor for a small organization to be able to win this national award,” said Kenneth Burkett, executive director of the Jefferson County History Center.

In 2008, JCHC was also recognized by the AASLH.

Way Back When

July 11, 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 18, 1896

The Golden Sands of Alaskan Lakes

July 10th

Firefighters called twice to personal care home

July 10, 2011

ADRIAN — Multiple fire companies responded to a call at AM/PM Personal Care Home in Adrian when smoke alarms went off at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters from seven companies were called to the scene of the facility that houses mostly elderly residents.

Bryan Smith, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company chief, said there was quite a bit of smoke in the structure when firefighters arrived on scene.
Smith said a short search helped firefighters determine the smoke was coming from an air conditioning unit.

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