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March 9th, 2011

County moves on business park funding

March 9, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners moved to submit an application for more than $1.5 million in federal funding.

The application was submitted to the U.S. Depart-ment of Commerce, and if received, the money would be used for site development at a proposed business park near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Kristin Hullihen, of the Jefferson County Depart-ment of Devel-opment, said this is the second application submitted to the Depart-ment of Comm-erce. The first application was denied, but Hullihen said that is not uncommon.

March 8th

Smith: Rein in welfare costs, abuse

March 8, 2011

HARRISBURG —
House Speaker Sam Smith said Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $27.3 billion budget shows bigger cuts than perhaps expected in higher education, but Smith said he would like to see deeper digging into the budget for the Department of Welfare and abuses with the program.

Five years later, ATA pre-bids terminal project

March 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Five years after the idea was officially proposed, a pre-bid meeting was held Tuesday for the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal along North Findley Street.

The project could begin within the next couple of months, depending on the bids and a second-floor tenant.

“Punxsutawney is a hub for us, but we think if we construct a terminal here, we will attract more passengers,” especially with the expansion of IUP’s Punxsy campus, said Gabriel J. Uljon, ATA director of facilities and stationary equipment.

Torrence St. project moves forward

March 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Torrence Street sewer replacement project was 40 percent complete as of Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting.
Committee Chairman Roger Steele said there are three phases of work that will take place on Torrence Street. The first phase is the sewer replacement project, which has nothing to do with the ATA Terminal building project.

The second phase, widening Torrence Street, is scheduled to begin April 1, Steele said, adding that the sewer replacement project will conclude Friday.

March 7th

Area gas prices skyrocket, nearing $4 a gallon

March 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —
Motorists are starting to get worried about the possibility that the price of gas could rise as high as $5 per gallon within the next few weeks throughout the area.

Punxsutawney gas prices skyrocketed 16 cents per gallon this week, said Bevi Powell, communications director for East Central AAA.

The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline has risen to $3.53 per gallon, she said.
Powell said it is hard to predict if the price of gas will actually rise to $5 per gallon.

Rotary names Lellock Feb. Boy of the Month

March 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club has named Casey Lellock, son of Jeff and Marlene Lellock of Punxsutawney, as its Boy of the Month for February.

An honors student enrolled in the academic curriculum at Punxsutawney Area High School, Lellock is a member of the Robotics Club, Spanish Club and Student Government. He has also taken part in track and cross country.

March 6th

From the pond to the small screen, Big Run Peeper watcher getting his big break

March 6, 2011

BIG RUN — The legendary Big Run “Peeper Watcher” John London will appear on either Discovery Channel or Animal Planet at a date and time that is yet to be determined.

London said he was surprised when the TV crew that was taping Groundhog Day activities showed up on his doorstep to do an interview last month.
The spring peeper is a small treefrog that makes high-pitched peeping sounds and can be heard just after the spring thaw — hence this frog's name.

PASR encourages support of troops

March 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Due to increased interest from the public, as well as continuing requests from soldiers, the Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is again sponsoring a Support the Troops project for military personnel serving in Afghanistan.  

From now through March 30, a county-wide drive will seek to collect a wide variety of food and hygiene items, as well as stationery and recreational supplies. 

Way Back When

March 6, 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)

A Looking-Glass Causes Trouble

Vehicle crash sends woman to hospital

March 6, 2011

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...
NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Second and third-graders from Longview Elementary School helped seniors at the Mahoning Hills...
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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