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February 22nd, 2011

PAHS Dramatics Club prepares for "Aladdin"

February 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now in its second year, the PAHS Dramatics Club will present its second production, "Aladdin," at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are available at the door, and proceeds go to the club for its current and future productions.

This year's show, adapted by Craig Sodora, follows the club's successful first-ever presentation of "Peter Pan" last spring.
Lisa Good, who co-directed the play and co-advises the club with Shellee Miller, said this year's show is being presented during the winter due to many springtime activities for students.

February 21st

Donations help make library changes

February 21, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As times are advancing, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is not one to be left behind.

Monday at the Library, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and the Friends of the Library all showed their support of the up-and-coming changes that are being made to the library by contributing donations.

Coral Ellshoff, director, has many new and exciting plans for the library, as she has been working on not only the ideas, but also a floor plan.

814 area code creates talk

February 21, 2011

DUBOIS — If you thought you would never see the day when all of the phone numbers in area code 814 would be completely used up, that day is just about here.

A group of cell phone and landline telephone users met on a snowy Monday at the Best Western Conference Center in DuBois to discuss the impending change for telephone users in the region from 814 to a new 582 area code. The proposal did not receive a warm reception from the approximately 75 people in attendance.

February 20th

Former police officer Beck soon to retire as district judge

February 20, 2011

BROOKVILLE — When he became a magisterial district judge in 1999, the soon-to-be-retired Richard Beck knew the job would be a challenge, perhaps all the more so because of his experience as a police officer.

Prior to election to district judge, Beck served as a Brookville Borough Police officer for more than 30 years. He was told from the start that the transition could be tough.

“The school told me that could be a problem,” he said. “I would have to say, no, it wasn’t, because they clued me in on that.”

Room for another industrial park?

February 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Does Punxsutawney have the land space to construct a second industrial park?

Last Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said the borough hopes to once again partner with the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation (PRDC) in the interest of industrial development.

Glessner recently spoke with PRDC President Frank Roberts, who said the group wants everyone to know that it has money available for industrial development. However, there are limits to $50,000, in addition to the borough’s economic development loan fund.

WAY BACK WHEN

February 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 5, 1896)
BOLD ROBBERY
The Store and Postoffice at Oliveburg Ransacked by a Gang of Thieves

February 18th

Fire destroys Little Canada

February 18, 2011

BIG RUN — The former Little Canada Bar & Grill was completely destroyed by a fire early Friday morning along Filtering Plant Road in Big Run.

The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday and was fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing from the windows as firefighters arrived on the scene.

The vacant structure, which years ago had housed the Little Canada Bar & Grill along with numerous other bars and restaurants, was converted into a residence several years ago.

Despite February thaw, concerns about flash flooding are not major

February 18, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Are you ready to be flooded with warm spring weather?

Thankfully, the recent February thaw has been slow, which helped stem off the quick meltdown that often causes area creeks and streams to overflow their banks.

Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Charlie Hoeh said that people who live in a flood plain never think about preparing for a flood until the water is rising up the front steps. So the time to prepare is right now.

February 17th

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND?

February 17, 2011

The small turnout — (from left) Tim Cooper, Terry A. Fye, Mallory Croasman and Doug Fye — for Charlie Sorel’s memorial service emphasizes the kind of fellow he was in this rehearsal scene from the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild’s latest production, “Goodbye, Charlie,” George Axelrod’s classic Broadway comedy. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night in the auditorium at Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. (Photo by Tom Chapin)

Commission: If budget needs cuts, make them balanced

February 17, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Wednesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners — Paul Corbin, James McIntyre and Jeffrey Pisarcik — gave their opinions on President Obama’s proposed budget and the future of federal funding in the county.

While Brookville Borough Council Tuesday said the proposed budget calls for the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding — of which the county received more than $240,000 last year — Corbin and Bill Setree, of the Department of Development, said the reduction will likely be in the neighborhood of 10 percent.

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter...
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