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April 6th, 2011

UPDATE: Troopers arrest eight in drug sweep

April 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A two-year investigation has yielded the arrest of eight individuals who, police say, are accused of distributing a controlled substance — mainly marijuana.

During a press conference Wednesday, officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, described a drug sweep that began around 7 a.m. that morning, and concluded without incident around 9 a.m., according to Lt. Bernard Petrovsky.

Trooper Jamie LeVier, public information officer for Troop C, said the two-year investigation focused on the sale and distribution of marijuana and prescription drugs.

April 5th

Committee eyes spring paving projects

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Works Committee is looking at upcoming street paving projects.

Tuesday, committee Chairman Roger Steele said liquid fuel bids for the projects will be opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Steele said at this time, there is no update on what is being bid, nor how much the borough can afford to do.

Ben White, borough manager, said the bids were advertised, and there have been many contractors who have picked up bid packages.

Bowlers roll strikes for "Bowl for Kids' Sake," Big Brothers, Big Sisters

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — March 26, teams and individuals took part in the annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” to enable mentoring for local youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County (BBBS).

To participate in the bowling event, each member had to raise a minimum of $35. Each individual who raised $50 was rewarded with a T-shirt. Further, the participant who raised the most money was awarded the top prize donated by local businesses. This year, the top prize package consisted of a Sony digital camera.

Attendants enjoyed two games, as well as food, entertainment and prizes.

School board: Keep or sell the truck?

April 5, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As passage of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania budget looms, the Punxsutawney Area School District is seeking to keep funds in check as it eyes a possible loss of almost $2 million, should Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget pass.

A period of discussion focused on a building and grounds vehicle, which has seemingly been replaced with a vehicle that has fewer than 2,000 miles on it after two years, board member Bob Pascuzzo said.

Phil Heitzenrater, maintenance supervisor, said he would like to keep a 1994 GMC, citing it as more of an asset instead of selling it.

April 4th

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.

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