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January 4th, 2011
By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
Tuesday was the opening ceremony of the 195th Legislative Session of the House, where 200 elected members took the oath of office. Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Despite the fact there has been little to no snowfall in Punxsutawney so far this winter, representatives of some of the downtown merchants spoke to the Punxsutawney Borough Councilâ€™s Public Safety Committee at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting regarding the possibility of snow removal.
Shirley Sharp and Joe Ferraro of PRIDE made good on a promise to bring a plan to council regarding the removal of snow from the parking meter zones in the borough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Martha Street house was heavily damaged by fire that began around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.
All three Punxsutawney fire companies battled the large fire at the residence of Carol States, 207 Martha St., Punxsy.
Department Chief Paul Hense said that when he arrived on-scene, there was heavy smoke and fire coming out from the rear of the older frame house.
â€śIt had a lot of the older type of construction including double planked siding which made it difficult to extinguish,â€ť he said.
MARION CENTER â€” Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born in the nick of time.
â€śAt 9:45 a.m. (Saturday), my water broke,â€ť Rhonda said. â€śAnd I had her at 9:55 a.m.â€ť
Born Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, Natasha â€” weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length â€” is the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Actually, Natasha was a week early: Her due date was Jan. 8, Joe said, adding that he and his wife were surprised that Natasha arrived early.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you are looking to climb higher, you might want to talk with the Army National Guard, which offers a free outreach program in area schools.
SSG Michael Barnett, Army National Guard recruiter, said schools can take advantage of a variety of free activities and programs.
â€śWe offer these at no charge,â€ť he said, adding that recruiters offer free programs on drug prevention, Prom Promise, history of the National Guard, flag ceremonies and other informational classes.
â€śAll of the recruiters are trained to speak on each of these classes and programs,â€ť Barnett said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mary Ann Bosak was a woman firefighter when there was no such thing as a woman firefighter in the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Recently, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to place Bosak on the life membership list with the Station 20/Central and Punxsutawney Fire Departments after 20 years of being an active member. After all, she grew up at the fire hall with a family of firefighters including her father, the late J. Don Bosak, former chief of Central.
(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.)
(January 29, 1896)
Sued the Township for Damages
On Monday, January 13, P.S. Smith, of Canoe township, brought a suit in trespass for the sum of ten dollars against the Bell township school board for refusing to admit his children to the public schools.
December 30th, 2010
â€˘ After seven years of war, President Obama formally declared the U.S. combat mission in Iraq to be over.
In contesting no victory, Obama concluded the war with 4,400 dead troops, in addition to tens of thousands injured and hundreds of billions of dollars spent.
He acknowledged the future of the nation with a commitment to fixing the exhausted economy.
â€˘ Sept. 2, following the explosion of an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, all 13 crew members were rescued.
This marked the second disaster in the Gulf of Mexico within a five-month period.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Cooper recalled Thursday that his mother used to have a needlepoint pillow bearing the words, â€śAfter 40, itâ€™s patch, patch, patch.â€ť
â€śForty sometimes becomes 50, but this year, Iâ€™ve had a lot of patches,â€ť said Cooper, 64, who is retiring after a 35-year career with S&T Bank. â€śI want to retire while I have the health to enjoy it.â€ť
Having undergone quadruple bypass surgery in July 2008, he said, â€śThat gets your attention.â€ť
His last day at the bank, where he serves as regional vice-president for commercial lending, is Monday.
â€˘ May 1, PAHS was the scene of the annual mock crash, an event sponsored by SADD, in which the results of drinking and driving are graphically portrayed.
â€˘ A fire destroyed a home at 144 Lower Clinton St., in Rossiter. The house was occupied by William Travis Jr., Marie Ondoua and their 19-month-old son, Domenic. It was ruled accidental by Punxsutawney-based State Police fire marshal Mick McCracken.
â€˘ May 3, PAHS juniors and seniors named Kaylyn Means as the prom queen, and Kyle Straub as the prom king at the Punxsutawney Country Club.