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May 23rd, 2011

Patti Spinelli: PAMS Teacher of the Year

May 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For 36 years, Patti Spinelli has been a teacher — a goal she first recognized at age 16.

Monday, Spinelli, a fourth-grade standard language and reading teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, was awarded for her hard work, being named The Punxsutawney Spirit's “Teacher of the Year” at PAMS.

Spinelli said she was surprised when she received her award Monday morning during the fourth-grade track and field day that was held at Jack LaMarca Memorial Stadium.

Michele Basile-Long: West End's Teacher of the Year

May 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If the size of a smile on the face of a student indicates the type of impression a teacher has made upon his or her life, then the sheer happiness expressed by the boys and girls gathered around Michele Basile-Long Monday morning as she was presented with The Punxsutawney Spirit's elementary “Teacher of the Year” award told of a positive one.

May 22nd

Coroner: Boy, 3, drowns in creek

May 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the valiant efforts of emergency responders, a three-year-old boy from Clearfield County lost his life Saturday after he fell into the Mahoning Creek near Elk Run.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, it was reported that the victim, Joshua T. Parkinson, Irvona, was playing with other children around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a home along Lane Avenue. A short time later, he was seen in the Mahoning Creek, at which point, police, fire and EMS were contacted, police said.

PennDOT to start traffic signal replacements Thursday in downtown

May 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Beginning Thursday, motorists who travel along Mahoning Street should be alert for PennDOT employees installing new traffic signals.

PennDOT District 10 public information officer Deborah L. Casadei said both motorists and pedestrians should expect some delays between Hampton Avenue and Gilpin Street, where the replacements will take place over the next several months.

Way Back When

May 22, 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
March 4, 1896
Grasshoppers in February

Borough releases details of Obbish settlement

May 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The family of Stephen Obbish will receive $250,000 through the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Punxsutawney, the mayor and two employees, according to the mediation settlement with Obbish’s family.

The mediation agreement between the borough and the family members of Obbish, who died Aug. 15, 2009, in the back seat of a borough police cruiser, was released this week by Punxsutawney Borough Council and the family’s counsel, Chad A. Wissinger, Esq.

May 20th

Booths from Ruth & Harry’s find new home at Caterina’s

May 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A little piece of downtown Punxsy nostalgia is back, as Caterina’s Dolce Cucina owner Katie Laska has installed a few of the single-seat booths from the former Ruth & Harry’s Restaurant in her coffee shop.

The left-hand wall inside Caterina’s was once shared with Ruth & Harry’s, which closed in 1994 and was razed in the late 1990s. Hair Trends now occupies the space.

IUP has 2011 first Garden of the Month

May 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the first “Garden of the Month” for the summer of 2011, the recipient — the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts — probably has the most functional use of all gardens in town.

Some of the plants in the garden — cited for the month of May by the Punxsutawney Garden Club — are edible herbs, such as mint, sage, oregano, chives, thyme, peppers and others, that may be used in dishes prepared by culinary students.

“I want to know if the peppers are extremely hot,” said Richard Manslow, project director for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “I’m dying to know.”

May 19th

Two hurt in Rt. 310 crash

May 19, 2011

DELANCEY — A Brookville man was flown to Altoona Hospital following a two-vehicle accident along Rote 310 in Young Township.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred at 3:36 p.m. Thursday near Adrian Road.

Police said Dylan L. Baughman, 18, Brookville, was traveling south on Route 310 when, for unknown reasons, his 2003 Madza Protege crossed the center line and struck a 2004 Dodge Durango operated by Robert C. Siple, 36, Reynoldsville, which was traveling northbound.

Poppy Days

May 19, 2011

Mayor James Wehrle (right), here with Pat Rougeux (center), American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Unit 62 secretary and poppy chairperson, and Brenda Scarantine, Unit 62 treasurer (left), has issued a proclamation declaring today and Saturday as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days. Members of the post and Unit 62 will conduct their Poppy Program from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Wal-Mart, Comet Market and County Market.

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