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June 6th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the summer traveling season upon us, many drivers will be hauling various sized trailers on area highways. The question is, are those trailers safe?
Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Kirk Brudnock, a trained expert regarding trailer safety, said many trailers both large and small are improperly hitched up.
Brudnock said one of the most important pieces of equipment involved with the hitch is the safety chains.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you ever thought of what it would be like to never be able to go swimming, horseback riding, or even feel the grass in between your toes? Unfortunately, some children from inner cities such as New York have never been able to do these things. Fortunately, you can be the person to help these kids gain a whole new experience of what life outside the city is like by becoming a host family.
The Fresh Air Fund is seeking host families to provide a home and an unforgettable summer experience to children.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was no false alarm at Mahoning Towers Sunday morning when an appliance fire damaged an apartment around 7:30 a.m.
Punxsutawney Assistant Fire Chief Scott Depp said a toaster caught fire in apartment 402 and caused some fire damage in the kitchen area, especially the cupboards.
Depp said Punxsutawney Borough Police were first on the scene and knocked down the fire with an extinguisher.
Opening weekend at the George C. Brown Community Pool, located on Cypress Street, was a big success as the warm temperatures brought a large crowd to the local swimming hole Saturday and Sunday. Shown are some young swimming enthusiasts enjoying their summer vacation at the pool (front, from left): Hayden Terres, Carter Newcome, Makayla Smith and Ella Newcome, (back) Austin Troutman, Lexi Dunlap and Ryan Ransom.
(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.)
March 4, 1896
Perry Brink Dead
Perry Brink, well-known all over Jefferson county, died at his home near Horatio last Thursday of dropsy, aged seventy-four years, and was buried in the Clayville cemetery on Sunday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs taken years of dreaming, about a year of planning and a few weeks of delays, but Michael Cherian has finally embarked on a two-month, 2,000-mile canoe journey that will take him to New Orleans.
Cherian, who is undertaking the canoe trip to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonâs Research, launched his modified canoe â dubbed âSteady Eddieâ â into the Allegheny River from a boat landing in Harmar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Staff members at the George C. Brown Community Pool gathered Wednesday to plan for the poolâs opening today.
Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said sheâs excited to begin a summer filled with events, parties and daily activities.
This summer, the pool will host weekly games such as watermelon races; treasure hunt diving; centipede races; and even contests to race one of the pool staffâs lifeguards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Police officers thought they might have a drowning victim on their hands when they were called to a drunk and disorderly incident at the dike along the Mahoning Creek behind the Thomas L. Barletta Skate Park on Elk Street at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
According to scanner transmissions, two borough officers discovered one man who appeared to be intoxicated.
After the officers subdued him, he revealed that there was second man heâd been with on the dike who might have fallen into the creek not far from where a young boy drowned recently.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Perhaps it was a reference to his days on a muddy gridiron, but Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Jon Kolb had some unusual advice for the three graduating seniors from the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) Class of 2011.
Take the messy way.
Kolb was among those addressing PCSâ three seniors â valedictorian Isaac J. Fugate, salutatorian Charles C. Higgs and Michael A. Neal â during the schoolâs annual commencement, this year held at the First United Methodist Church.