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February 13th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There were no injuries in a fire that began at 7:20 p.m. Sunday and took four fire departments over an hour-and-a-half to extinguish.
Four college students who rented the apartment at 1001 West Mahoning Street were displaced.
Numerous vehicles stored in the first- floor garage of the building were not damaged.
The alarm was called in by the residents of an apartment that occupied the second floor in the rear of the building.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense said firefighters got a good hit on the blaze when they first arrived on scene.
John & Anna Kostick â€” 60 years
Aug. 5, 1950, the young couple tied the knot, becoming not just John and Anna, but jointly emerging as Mr. and Mrs. Kostick.
But about a year-and-a-half before that date, it was a dance where this Cinderella and Prince Charming danced the night away.
As one dance turned into another, the two were soon finding themselves entranced with countless late nights.
Despite the late night that John put in at A&P, the duo still made time, finding themselves dancing again, stopping only to eat.
(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.
(February 5, 1896)
A SUDDEN DEATH
Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy
Just in time for Valentineâ€™s Day, Mayor James Wehrle â€” who recently obtained a new library card as part of his commitment to read more books and spend more time at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” has proclaimed February as â€śLibrary Loversâ€™ Month.â€ť
Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, said Punxsutawney has a rich history of libraries, such as the Tibby Library at the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Societyâ€™s Lattimer House.
Jeanne Curtis, the librarian at the Tibby Library, said it is primarily used for research, especially genealogy.
It's not your father's Punxsutawney Memorial Library anymore.
"Unless you're bothering someone else, we won't shush someone," Library Director Coral Ellshoff said. "We hope that if someone hasn't visited the library in quite some time, they come visit and check out all of the changes that have taken place."
While there are many changes going on at the library, located at the Mahoning East Civic Complex, another thing that has changed is the public's perceptions of a library in the modern world.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man facing drug charges.
PSP-Punxsutawney said between Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, the Troop C Vice Unit made multiple purchases of heroin from Timothy R. Shepler, 28, DeLancey.
Feb. 4, troopers executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street residence, where two of the purchases were conducted.
Police said they seized numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence, but Shepler was not there.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County.
The proclamation came at the request of Punxsutawney Area High School senior Lisa Tinker, who, for her senior project, raised funds to increase awareness of teen violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) will begin a point-of-service collections program Monday which will require patients to pay a portion of their bill prior to leaving the hospital.
PITTSBURGH â€” A Punxsy native who had formerly served as a police officer with three different municipalities will see jail time in a state correctional institution after he pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday.
Allegheny County Judge Joseph K. Williams III sentenced Charles "Chuck" Lindy Edwards III, 30, to four to eight years in state prison for a heroin delivery charge after a plea arrangement Monday.
BROOKVILLE â€” Most people in the region are probably aware of a Public Utility Commission (PUC) plan to change area codes from 814 to 582, but one group is trying to alter the way that the change in enforced.
In December 2010, the PUC announced plans to divide the 814 area code, and the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean, as well as parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will switch to area code 582.
The changes are scheduled to take place Feb. 1, 2012, but there is growing opposition to the plan.