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January 3rd, 2011

Adams family welcomes first 2011 baby born in Punxsy

January 3, 2011

MARION CENTER — Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born in the nick of time.

“At 9:45 a.m. (Saturday), my water broke,” Rhonda said. “And I had her at 9:55 a.m.”

Born Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Natasha — weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length — is the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Actually, Natasha was a week early: Her due date was Jan. 8, Joe said, adding that he and his wife were surprised that Natasha arrived early.

National Guard offering free programs for schools

January 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are looking to climb higher, you might want to talk with the Army National Guard, which offers a free outreach program in area schools.

SSG Michael Barnett, Army National Guard recruiter, said schools can take advantage of a variety of free activities and programs.

“We offer these at no charge,” he said, adding that recruiters offer free programs on drug prevention, Prom Promise, history of the National Guard, flag ceremonies and other informational classes.

“All of the recruiters are trained to speak on each of these classes and programs,” Barnett said.

January 2nd

Bosak retires from fire department as first woman life member

January 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mary Ann Bosak was a woman firefighter when there was no such thing as a woman firefighter in the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Recently, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to place Bosak on the life membership list with the Station 20/Central and Punxsutawney Fire Departments after 20 years of being an active member. After all, she grew up at the fire hall with a family of firefighters including her father, the late J. Don Bosak, former chief of Central.

Way Back When

January 2, 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
(January 29, 1896)
Sued the Township for Damages

On Monday, January 13, P.S. Smith, of Canoe township, brought a suit in trespass for the sum of ten dollars against the Bell township school board for refusing to admit his children to the public schools.

December 30th, 2010

Year In Review: September - December

December 30, 2010

SEPTEMBER

• After seven years of war, President Obama formally declared the U.S. combat mission in Iraq to be over.

In contesting no victory, Obama concluded the war with 4,400 dead troops, in addition to tens of thousands injured and hundreds of billions of dollars spent.

He acknowledged the future of the nation with a commitment to fixing the exhausted economy.

• Sept. 2, following the explosion of an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, all 13 crew members were rescued.

This marked the second disaster in the Gulf of Mexico within a five-month period.

Bill Cooper says he’s retiring while he can enjoy it

December 30, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bill Cooper recalled Thursday that his mother used to have a needlepoint pillow bearing the words, “After 40, it’s patch, patch, patch.”

“Forty sometimes becomes 50, but this year, I’ve had a lot of patches,” said Cooper, 64, who is retiring after a 35-year career with S&T Bank. “I want to retire while I have the health to enjoy it.”

Having undergone quadruple bypass surgery in July 2008, he said, “That gets your attention.”

His last day at the bank, where he serves as regional vice-president for commercial lending, is Monday.

December 29th

Year In Review: May - August

December 30, 2010

MAY

• May 1, PAHS was the scene of the annual mock crash, an event sponsored by SADD, in which the results of drinking and driving are graphically portrayed.

• A fire destroyed a home at 144 Lower Clinton St., in Rossiter. The house was occupied by William Travis Jr., Marie Ondoua and their 19-month-old son, Domenic. It was ruled accidental by Punxsutawney-based State Police fire marshal Mick McCracken.

• May 3, PAHS juniors and seniors named Kaylyn Means as the prom queen, and Kyle Straub as the prom king at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Commissioners: No more building projects in 2011

December 30, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners met Tuesday and discussed possible projects, or rather, a lack thereof, on the horizon in 2011.

The commissioners reported that there are no large scale projects involving county-owned property for the upcoming year.

The commissioners were forced to make emergency repairs to the courthouse, 911 center and jail this past year.

December 28th

YEAR IN REVIEW: JANUARY - APRIL

December 29, 2010

JANUARY
• In a poll conducted by The Punxsutawney Spirit, readers chose the terrorist attacks of 2001 as the top event of the last decade.

Locally, readers cited the closure of Mahoning Hardware, the opening of Wal-Mart and the Quecreek Mine rescue as the top local events over the past decade.

• Jan. 3, William Paul Anthony, son of C.J. Adams and Craig Anthony, was born at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, the first baby of 2010.

• Jan. 4, Punxsutawney Borough Council members again elected Susan Glessner as president.

Coop. Extension gives back what it doesn’t need

December 29, 2010

BROOKVILLE — For the second time in three years, the Jefferson County branch of the Penn State Cooperative Extension returned funds to the Jefferson County Commission.

Tuesday, the commissioners were presented with a check from Rick Kralj, director of the county cooperative extension, and Louise Christofor, extension board member.

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