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May 11th, 2011

SPECIAL DELIVERIES

May 11, 2011

Members of the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney — (from left) John Woods, Judy Kemmerer, Patty Dean, Dave Reynolds, Steve White and Gary Krawzyk — will be among those taking part in their annual food drive Saturday at the Punxsutawney Post Office. Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off all day or during normal time of delivery. Anyone who has a rural route may also place foods item in his or her mailbox for the postal carrier to pick up. All food donated will be given to local food pantries. (Photo by Jennifer Barr)

May 10th

Jessica Smochek goes to Congress for victims harmed while serving in Peace Corps

May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In accepting the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award, Punxsy native and former Peace Corps volunteer Jessica Smochek said a world of heroes in which she once believed was destroyed after she was brutally attacked and raped while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh.

“In the real world, no one goes around looking for people to save,” she said, saying that these days, people are taught to “mind their own business.”

Police: Man drove car into Mahoning Creek after domestic incident

May 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A passerby walking along Mahoning Creek saw a car submerged in the water early Tuesday morning.

Punxsutawney Borough Police recovered the late 1990s Cadillac from Mahoning Creek around 1 p.m. Tuesday behind the carnival grounds near the Punxy Plaza.

According to Police Chief Tom Fedigan, the vehicle was discovered by a passerby who was walking on the dike along the creek. The person then notified police.

May 9th

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).

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