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April 17th, 2011

Way Back When

April 17, 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

BALLOT FRAUDS CHANGED
The North Side Municipal Election Claimed to be Corrupt
There were charges of corrupt and illegal practices at the North Side Municipal election yesterday and preparations were being made to contest the election for borough constable.

April 15th

Errors, strikeouts lead to Punxsy's first loss

April 15, 2011

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Four errors, 10 strikeouts and 10 men left on base dropped the Punxsy baseball team to its first loss of the season Friday, 6-1, at Hollidaysburg.

The Chucks (4-1) fell behind 6-0 after four innings before they scored their only run in the fifth. While the Golden Tigers (5-1) were building their lead with two runs in the first and third innings and one run in the second and fourth innings, Punxsy was leaving multiple runners on base nearly every inning.

Of the 10 runners Punxsy stranded, five occurred during the first two innings.

REACT celebrates 35th anniversary

April 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It all began with CB radios, and now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) has become one of the premiere volunteer safety organizations in Punxsutawney and around the world.

It has been 35 years since Ken Haynes and Bill Murray first established what was known back then as Punxsutawney Radio Emergency Services (PRES), which would later become REACT.

Charlie Hoeh, REACT member, said the club originally began in 1976 by monitoring Citizens Band (CB) Radio Channel 9 for motorist emergencies.

Police, DA: Suspects trafficked heroin along Interstate 80

April 15, 2011

CLARION — More than a year of investigations culminated Friday when Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron announced the arrest of 11 alleged heroin dealers.

The investigation involved anonymous informants, Clarion Borough Police, the Clarion Heroin Task Force, the Youngstown (Ohio) Police and the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Crime Task Force.

Six of the alleged dealers are Clarion-area natives: Krystal Clark, Rimersburg; Nicholas Beichner, Rimersburg; Marla Forbes, Leeper; Sara Kirkpatrick, Leeper; Barry Beichner, Kossuth; and Thomas Novak, Marienville.

April 14th

Torrence project moving along well

April 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Brian Sekula, borough engineer from The EADS Group in Clarion, reported Monday that the Torrence Street widening project is going well, as the alley that runs between North Findley Street and North Jefferson Street is being widened with grant funding from PennDOT.
Public Works Committee Chairman Roger Steele asked about the drainage system for the Torrence project.

Sekula said Palo Construction is upgrading the existing drainage system that ran through the center of the alley.

April 13th

Despite high bids, ATA still hopeful to complete project

April 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Not so fast in declaring the Punxsutawney Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal project on North Findley Street a dead issue.

During Monday’s Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, Borough Manager Ben White said the bids that were due March 22 to construct a terminal on North Findley Street came in higher than ATA had planned to spend on the project.

DEMOLITION BEGINS

April 13, 2011

Demolition began Wednesday on the former Parente’s Recreation along North Gilpin Street and a two-story, wood-framed house located next door. Both structures were razed to make way for Grace Place, a 24-unit housing complex for moderate-income seniors. The $6.5 million project is being constructed by the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry and Trek Development at the corner of Pine and Gilpin streets. The two-story portion of the former Grube Hospital that houses the Pine Street Senior Center will also be demolished later this summer. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

Punxsy Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Bruce Chambers

April 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bruce Chambers is a posthumous inductee into the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame.

Chambers, a 1969 graduate of PAHS, was an All-State football player, playing linebacker and fullback. He lettered his sophomore, junior and senior years. He also lettered in track, throwing the discus and shot put. He also played basketball and other sports.

He was a Zeedick Cup award winner and obtained a scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. He earned a degree in civil engineering.

April 12th

Smith: Proposed budget won’t be the one sent to Corbett

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Is Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011-12 budget a done deal?

House Speaker Sam Smith says no, and that the proposal Corbett made March 8 will not be the proposal placed on his desk as the final budget.
“Do I support the governor’s budget proposal? I support the overall spending plan because it’s all the money we have,” Smith said. “How that money is distributed in that plan is something that the legislature will be changing.”

Smith said he is working to put a budget on Corbett’s desk that he’s comfortable with.

District will reveal prelim budget April 27

April 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some districts have been vocal about cuts they could be looking at in the face of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2011-12 budget, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board — and the public — will get its first full look at the district’s preliminary budget during its committee meeting April 27.

Monday, Business Administrator Susan Robertson told board members that she had provided them with reports of where the district’s budget progress stood as of that afternoon. She said she and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe would continue to make changes and “cuts that we think we can.”

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