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May 9th, 2011

Punxsy’s Cathy Riggie named Foster Parent of the Year

May 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Children and Youth Services (CYS) Advisory Board saluted foster parents from across the county during its annual Resource Parents Appreciation dinner Monday, and named a Punxsy woman as its Foster Parent of the Year.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot more out of helping them than they got from me,” this year’s award-winner, Cathy Riggie of Punxsy, said, referencing the pride and joy that she has when working with the youth for whom she has cared.

Council OKs Obbish settlement

May 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During its meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a settlement in a lawsuit brought against the borough and other co-defendants in the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009.

Borough Solicitor Jay Lundy said the settlement involved the case of Edward Stanley Obbish Jr. individually and as the administrator of The Estate of Stephen Obbish vs. Punxsutawney Borough, Mayor James Wehrle, Dispatcher Jan Scott and Det. Brian Andrekovich.

Lundy said council approved a settlement agreement and a general release of claims.

New, wider Torrence Street now open

May 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new two-way traffic Torrence Street opened for business Monday afternoon.

Monday, Borough Manager Ben White said the project was completed by the contractor Palo Construction to enough of a degree to open it for travel. He said there are some parts of the project that can’t be completed at this time before the road widening will be considered finished.

A new traffic signal system for the Pine Street and North Findley Street intersection is on hold due to an unforeseen delay in the arrival of the new signal posts.

Relative: Grandson wounded in Afghanistan

May 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The grandmother of a U.S. Marine and graduate of Brookville Junior-Senior High School said Monday that he is undergoing treatment after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Ryan Blochberger, 20, of Brookville, was wounded while serving in Afghanistan, according to his grandmother, Nancy Blochberger, also of Brookville.

She said following the incident, her grandson was transported to Germany, where he underwent two surgeries. He is scheduled to be transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

May 8th

Way Back When

May 8, 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 newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
February 19, 1896

Jesse Foltz has returned from the Pacific coast. He says this country is good enough for him. The only town between here and San Francisco, he declares, that is livelier than Punxsutawney, is Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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Jeff Tech works out $7.3 million budget

May 8, 2011

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — The Jeff Tech Operating Committee at a recent meeting approved the proposed $7.3 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, which includes some major reductions or the freezing of certain categories of spending.

Sherry Hassleman, Jeff Tech business manager, presented the budget and said that 81 percent of the budget is salaries and benefits, while 94 percent of the costs are fixed and can't be changed, since they are needed to run the school.

May 6th

County’s 911 fixes continue with fewer dollars

May 6, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Michael McNulty, a consultant who reviews the county’s 911 system and advises funding, recently reported that the county’s justification of wireline surcharges was approved.

The plan will be good for the next three years, he said. Each resident with a land-based telephone line pays $1.50 per month, and that money is used to upgrade and maintain the 911 phone system in the county.

McNulty said the plan was reviewed and approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC).

Juvenile suffers minor injuries in three-vehicle crash near Eagles

May 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A three-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:40 p.m. Friday on East Mahoning Street in front of the Punxsutawney Eagles left one of the drivers with minor injuries.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Lucy Young, of Punxsy, was traveling west on East Mahoning Street when she came upon traffic that was stopped ahead. She was unable to stop in time and struck a Dodge Dakota driven by Janice White, Punxsutawney, that was stopped in front of her.

One person injured in North Main St. crash

May 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-vehicle accident that occurred at noon Friday along Route 36/North Main Street sent a Punxsy woman to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, Erika Berringer, Brookville, was driving a Dodge Durango south on North Main Street when she was unable to stop when her brakes locked up, and she struck the rear of a Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in front of her driven by Bill Williams.

May 5th

Brookville hosts 33rd-annual Special Olympics

May 5, 2011

BROOKVILLE — These kids are an inspiration for all of us. They demonstrate to us examples of incredible effort to achieve,” Brookville Superintendent Sandy Craft said at the start of the 33rd-annual DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.

The games started Thursday morning, with youth from Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney, DuBois and private schools competing in track and field events and playing games in the Olympic Park.

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