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April 3rd, 2011

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.

PAHS Variety Show 2011

April 1, 2011

Brookville residents want to know: What’s happening to the Laurel Festival?

April 1, 2011

BROOKVILLE — A group of Brookville residents met with the Laurel Festival Board Monday evening to discuss concerns regarding the festival.
The meeting was at times tense, but both sides agreed on one thing: The Laurel Festival is in a state of decline.

“It’s frustrating,” resident Jen Radel said. “I love the Laurel Festival, and I want my kids to love it. It’s something that we get excited for. Then we’re disappointed year after year, and it leads to frustration.”

March 31st

Smith: Bill would not hurt rural districts

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Will reducing the number of legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives actually help to streamline the legislative process?

That’s what state House Speaker Sam Smith, of Punxsutawney, believes, as he has introduced a bill to begin the lengthy process required to reduce the size of the 203-member chamber by about 25 percent.

Harry Barnett stays faithful to Variety Show for almost 50 years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For almost 50 years, Harry Barnett has faithfully attended the Variety Show, and this year was not one to miss.

Walking into the debut of the Class of 2011’s show Thursday night, Barnett reminisced about his own class’ Variety Show in 1962.

“Our 1962 Variety Show had the theme, ‘Going On a Sentimental Journey,’ with ‘Sentimental Journey’ being the class song,” he said.

Students’ podcast project shows ability beyond their years

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students in Lisa Keller’s third-grade class at Longview Elementary School demonstrated Wednesday their successful use of copyright, reading and technology, all wrapped up in one project.
“I’ve watched technology at the high school, and have seen many good programs, but Mrs. Keller’s class just blew me away,” Longview Principal Travis Monroe said.

Hospital singles out not one doctor, but diversity for Docs’ Day

March 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rather than choosing a single physician for Doctors’ Day this year, Punxsutawney Area Hospital chose to celebrate the diversity of all doctors employed in Punxsy.

Many would expect the doctors employed at Punxsutawney Area Hospital to be from western Pennsylvania.

However, as Dan Blough, hospital CEO, noted, using a map arrayed with push pins, the doctors are from various parts of the world, showing much diversity at the local hospital.

Red push-pins on the map depicted where each doctor was born, while blue pins displayed the medical schools they attended.

March 30th

After 60 years, shows may change; the cause does not

March 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Seniors taking the stage for their Variety Show tonight will bring something to the annual show that has been missing for some time: The singing of the alma mater.

“I went in just to direct the alma mater,” said James Colonna, who taught music theory, band and worked with the Variety Show in one way or another every year he taught at PAHS, “and then I got really into it.”
The return of the historic alma mater to the Variety Show program is indeed warranted, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the annual show.

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