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February 20th, 2011

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.

Rotary reveals first part of ongoing project

February 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, at the Crimson Village, Punxsutawney had more added to its history with the unveiling of a free-standing replica of the former public library from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The piece, created and built by local artist Jeff Marshall, was revealed after a period of time when the Punxsutawney Rotary Club was seeking something to add to its existing Circle of Trees effort.

February 16th

Eddie Smith, PSU to THON the night away

February 16, 2011

DUBOIS — The concept isn’t new, but the results are staggering.

Today, on-site preparations officially begin for THON, a shorter name for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which, since 1973, has raised funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

While THON is a year-long effort with several events over the course of the year, the culmination of those efforts begins Friday and runs through Sunday — a 46-hour dance marathon held at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Thompson sounds off on federal budgeting process

February 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson Wednesday addressed the continuing budget process currently underway in Washington, D.C.
He explained the House of Representatives has the dual duty of amending a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which will conclude Sept. 1, while at the same time reviewing President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2012.

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