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March 21st, 2011

PAEA pledges to fight budget cuts alongside school board

March 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) has pledged to stand beside the school board as both board and union members fight cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget.

During the public comment portion of the Punxsutawney Area School Board's agenda last Monday, PAEA President Don Gill read a prepared statement, saying the PAEA "will stand beside you to fight" the proposed cuts.

Walston Wreck

March 21, 2011

March 20th

Annual ‘Peepers Banquet” delivers laughs and all things green

March 20, 2011

BIG RUN — Even though the Big Run Peepers appear to be a recent revelation — the tiny frogs peep when spring arrives — the method of proclamation is as old as time itself.

Jefferson County President Judge John H. Foradora was the guest speaker for the annual banquet and said that speaking at the banquet was one of the toughest assignments that could be presented to anyone over the years.

Big Run’s oldest resident named Citizen of the Year

March 20, 2011

BIG RUN — The Big Run Citizen of the Year Award is much like the Man and Woman of the year in Punxsy — a closely guarded secret — but every once in a while the word gets out ahead of time.

That was the case this year when the Peepers Banquet committee honored Big Run's oldest citizen, Velma Schierer Bowser, at the grand old age of 93.

Bowser said she found out she was going to win because she received a card in the mail congratulating her before the banquet was scheduled to take place.

Bowser said she was shocked when she read it.

Way Back When

March 20, 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)
SUED FOR ASSAULT
A School Teacher Tried for
 Punishing a Girl

Rotary on the radio

March 20, 2011

March 18th

Judge: Candidates remain on ballot

March 18, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Two former Jefferson County Commissioners will remain on the spring primary ballot, despite problems with some of the signatures on their petitions, as well as the circulators of their petitions filed to run for the commission. 

Two county residents — Alan E. Groves, of Falls Creek, and David C. Hoffman, of Brookville — requested that Judge John Foradora strike the names of Ira Sunderland, of Punxsutawney, and David W. Black, of Brookville, from the ballot for the May 17 primary election.

March 17th

‘Frog Man:’ Peepers peeped Thursday

March 17, 2011

BIG RUN — On the luckiest day in March, the spring peepers have spoken — er, peeped.

John London, the official Frog Man, or “Peeper Watcher” of Big Run, reported that while walking through the Big Run swamp, he heard the frogs peep around 5:47 p.m. Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day — thus heralding the arrival of spring, according to the legend.

Last week, London said he hoped the tiny peepers would peep before the annual Peepers Banquet, which is scheduled for Sunday at the War Memorial — and Thursday, he got his wish.

Council OKs purchase of new truck for Elk Run

March 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Elk Run Fire Company.
Elk Run Chief Bryan Smith said the bids were opened last Friday, with Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., based in Holden, La., as the low bidder at $372,509.

The truck will be constructed in Louisiana and contain a six-person cab, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon compressed air foam system (CAFS) tank, and a 1,500-gallon per minute Darly pump.

Daffodil Days

March 17, 2011

A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before...
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police paid a visit to Punxsutawney Area High School on Tuesday to remind the...
Lisa Anderson of Punxsutawney (pictured in the center) participated in the Terrible Towel Wave at the beginning of...
This afternoon, Amber Ward (pictured) and the Lady Chucks girls' tennis squad will participate in...
Members of the Punxsy football team were recognized on the field for Senior Night, and on the field...

 

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