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April 28th, 2013
(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.)
May 5, 1897
The lecture given by Chaplain Lozier in the Methodist church last Thursday night was one of the best entertainments ever held in this town.
After some very witty remarks concerning the unoccupied seats and the entertainment, the audience joined in singing "Home Sweet Home."
The John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge is conducting the second day of the Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge Child Identification Program (CHIP) at the cafeteria of the Punxsutawney Area High School today.
CHIP consists of a still photo and digital video interview, fingerprints and a DNA kit to be completed at home in order to provide parents or guardians with information that can be given to the state police in the event that a child is abducted or missing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In case you haven't looked out the window lately, the grass has been growing in your front and back yards, which means it's time to mow.
It also means that it is time for Mary McHenry, Punxsutawney Borough Code Enforcement Officer, to travel around looking for yards that are not mowed and other code violations.
"We give them more than ample time to get it cut," McHenry said, adding that most of the time, those in violation won't cut it until she sends out the notice.
She said rentals aren't typically too bad if there's a tenant in there.
Three 11th-grade students at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) were honored with certificates for doing well in the the new Keystone Exams that were administered for the first time this school year.
Pictured are district administrators, parents and students (front, from left) Haley Hartman, Laura Chelgren, Lauren Giavedoni, (back) Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent; Rich Hartman, Dana Hartman, Tom Chelgren, Nancy Chelgren, Barbara Giavedoni, Tony Giavedoni, and Dave London, PAHS principal.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you thought last year's spring gobbler season was a bust because of the warm winter conditions, this year could be the exact opposite, according to Walter Bingaman, Regional Director for the North Central Pennsylvania Division of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
Bingaman said last year's extremely warm spring shortened spring gobbler season, which made it more challenging.
A blustery â€” and occasionally snowy â€” first day didn't stop the
Past to Present Machinery Association's 12th Annual Plow Day weekend from taking place Saturday and Sunday on Paradise Road in Henderson Township.
Tractors ranging from antiques to more modern models â€” about 20 on the first day and 30 on the second â€” took to the fields to plow throughout
the weekend while a spectator wagon carried visitors around the grounds and fields to watch.
MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP â€” A 32-year-old man has been accused of allegedly having indecent contact with two female juveniles, ages 14 and 16, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police reported that Donald G. Sprankle allegedly had contact with the females between January of 2006 and December of 2007 at a location along Knox Dale Road in McCalmont Township.
Sprankle was committed to the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 cash bail.
DUBOIS â€” As long as the sun is up and the weather stays warm, the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics event will be returning on Wednesday,
May 1, with its popular annual Track and Field Competition.
The games and activities will kick off between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at E.J. Mansell Stadium in DuBois. Students from the Brookville, Brockway, Punxsutawney and DuBois area school districts, as well
as New Story School and Fayette Resources, will compete in a variety of
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to television, cellphones, computers and other electronic devices, they appear to be a necessity that no one can live without. Not one single day goes by when someone isn't sitting in front of some sort of screen, whether its to watch a lineup of television shows or to spend hours surfing the web.
Family quality time barely exists, as the world of technology continues to pull loved ones in opposite directions.
With renovations coming up, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library decided to celebrate with a Hard Hat Party last Saturday afternoon.
The party was a success, with children from all over the community and surrounding areas stopping by.
Those in attendance each got orange construction vests and had the chance to pick out a free book, play games, build and construct whatever they desired using a variety of recyclable materials, and, most of all, interact with other children their age.