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April 4th, 2011

Bernadette Peters coming to IUP

April 4, 2011

INDIANA — The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will bring award-winning actor, dancer, singer and humanitarian Bernadette Peters as next season’s Helwig Distinguished Artist.

 Peters will open the new 2011-12 Lively Arts touring artist season with a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

 Peters’ appearance will mark the 18th for a Helwig Distinguished Artist since the program endowment was created in 1987 by Punxsutawney native and Indiana resident Florence Lattimer Helwig in honor of her late husband, Wilfred E. Helwig.

County responds to PASR’s call to support the troops

April 4, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Although Easter is the holiday that is approaching, it may seem more like Christmas to the American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who receive any of the care packages or “goodie boxes” being prepared and shipped abroad thanks to the generous response of area residents to a  campaign sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). 

April 3rd

Local student earns Eagle Scout honor

April 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When one of his close friends dropped out of Boy Scouts of America a few years ago, Christopher Mitchell didn't know if he would reach his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony.

Through perseverance and honor, Mitchell, a Punxsutawney Area High School senior, became one of more than two million young men to achieve the highest rank attainable in the boy scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America Sunday afternoon amongst family, friends, fellow scouts and local dignitaries at the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church.

Way Back When

April 3, 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 12, 1896)

A New Gearing for Bicycles

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

PASSAGES, an organization supporting sexual assault victims in Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield counties, placed the theme, “It’s Time To Get Involved.”

Diane Kuntz, executive director of PASSAGES, said the month’s theme is designed to educate the public about sexual assault prevention.
“We’re going to try to inundate the community during the month to heighten awareness regarding the issues with sexual violence and sexual assault. It’s all about primary prevention.”

April 1st

Scarnati expects a Marcellus Shale impact fee, not a tax

April 1, 2011

HARRISBURG — As the state legislature considers the 2010-11 operating budget, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said a bill targeting Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is progressing.

The bill could include what Scarnati called an “impact fee,” which would be used to help counties and municipalities repair damaged roads and allow for increased environmental security.

PAHS Variety Show 2011

April 1, 2011

Brookville residents want to know: What’s happening to the Laurel Festival?

April 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.

“It’s frustrating,” resident Jen Radel said. “I love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. It’s something that we get excited for. Then we’re disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.”

March 31st

Smith: Bill would not hurt rural districts

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?

That’s what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.

Harry Barnett stays faithful to Variety Show for almost 50 years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.

Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011’s show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own class’ Variety Show in 1962.

“Our 1962 Variety Show had the theme, ‘Going On a Sentimental Journey,’ with ‘Sentimental Journey’ being the class song,” he said.

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