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March 26th, 2015

Motor short leads to fire scare at Aldi

March 26, 2015

Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were called to Aldi in the Punxy Plaza Thursday afternoon to investigate a possible fire, after a burning smell was coming through the HVAC heating and cooling system. Punxsutawney firefighters are pictured checking inside the suspended ceiling.

For more details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

March 25th

This year's Run/Walk for Someone Special to be a tribute to a man who loved the event

March 25, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.

A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.

This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.

For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

March 24th

Punxsy gets its new police chief; Chenoga retains presidency

March 24, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council, despite a controversial meeting that at one point called for a reorganization of council, hired a new police chief at a special meeting held on Tuesday in council chambers, with an overflow crowd on-hand.

James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new borough police chief following a public comment section period during which many people spoke in favor of hiring a candidate, Matt Conrad, who already works for the department.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

March 23rd

Youngsters experiment with science at PAHS

March 24, 2015

On Monday evening, Punxsutawney elementary school students learned all about science at the 11th Annual Evening of Science/Elementary Science Night. This year’s theme was The Luck of The Scientist. High school science teachers Lori Burkett and Jen Weible, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade Science Club advisors; Ryan Hayden, 8th- and 9th-grade Science Club advisor; teacher Paige Zinzella; and members of the clubs taught elementary students all about science. Students went to a variety of different stations where they learned different things about science with hands-on activities.

March 22nd

Annual Peeper Banquet features Van Steenberg as speaker; Welsh receives Citizen of the Year honors

March 23, 2015

BIG RUN — It may seem as though the harsh winter that we've endured for the past few months will never go away. However, spring is indeed here, and even though the Big Run peeper frogs have yet to peep, citizens of Big Run and the surrounding areas came out for the 23rd annual Big Run Spring Peeper Banquet.

The banquet was held Sunday night at the Big Run War Memorial building, with Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh hosting the event.

Read the full in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

March 20th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

Chef Curtis Stone makes a delicious juice your kids will love.

March 19th

Annual Run or Walk for Someone Special quickly approaching

March 19, 2015

SYKESVILLE — It's once again time for the annual Run or Walk for Someone Special event, and this year marks the 36th year.

This year, the Run or Walk is being held in memory of John Orsich, the primary collector for 30 years, who sadly passed away this past year.

"This is a huge loss for our organization, and we are hoping to have a nice turnout in John's memory," said Erin Cameron, co-chair of Run or Walk for Someone Special.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

March 18th

Spirit Reporter Destiny Pifer reflects on the role of women in Punxsy’s history

March 18, 2015

This photo, pulled from the pages of the Wednesday evening, December 2, 1908, edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit (via accesspa.org's online archive) shows "Miss Mary" Wilson, a much-beloved teacher who was one of many women playing a role in the history of Punxsutawney.

For a full story on some of the women who have shaped Punxsutawney's history, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

March 17th

Two charged in separate narcotics investigations

March 17, 2015

BROOKVILLE — On Tuesday, two separate arrests were announced in regard to a pair of narcotics investigations that took place in the Brookville area.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident that occurred on Sunday, when the Brookville Borough Police Department made a traffic stop on Timothy J. Kramer, 35, Brookville, on South White Street. During the course of the stop, the report said that the officer observed several items that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

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