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June 11th, 2012

Family members, pets uninjured in Pine St. fire

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a house on Pine Street Monday afternoon continues today.

The house at 217 Pine St., owned by Richard White, had heavy smoke showing from the eaves when firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:45 p.m., according to Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Elk Run Chief Doug McAfoos was one of the first officers on scene, and said when he arrived, there was smoke coming from the structure.

Group cites Punxsy district for support of National Guard, Reserve

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy school Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said he took part in ROTC as a college student, but that was his closest experience with the military until he took part in a program offered by the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit Animal Hospital for care of abandoned dogs

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.

Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase “Stop Animal Cruelty” and sold them over the past three weeks.

The shirts — designed by Standard Pennant — sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, “Stomp Out Animal Cruelty.”

Library kicks off Summer Reading with party Wednesday

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Memorial Library will kick off its free summer reading program, “Dream Big, Read!” with an opening party from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Among the highlights of the party will be two alpacas, games and other activities. Youngsters from ages one-and-a-half years to tweens (ages nine to 12) can also register for the program, which officially begins Wednesday, June 20.

The schedule is as follows:

Cameron's perfect game propels Rotary Reds

June 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some nights, a pitcher just has wicked, nasty, unhittable "stuff," but even when that is the case, the hurler rarely pulls off the elusive perfect game. Monday night in Punxsutawney, the Rotary Reds' Senior League softball team's pitcher — Monica Cameron — did just that, though, retiring 15 straight hitters, as the offense poured on 11 runs in just four innings to lead the team to an 11-0, five-inning victory over Brockway Drug.

Adding to the evidence that Cameron possessed the "wicked, nasty stuff" that is so rare was her line: Five innings with 12 strikeouts.

Theodore Meko, 92

June 11, 2012

Theodore Meko, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 22, 1919, in DeLancey, a son of the late Michael and Catherine (Sivanich) Meko.

He was a veteran of the National Guard since 1940 and the U.S. Army, having served during World War II with the 190 Field Artillery, Battery B.

He was a member of the St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church and the Punxsutawney Eagles.

May 11, 1946, he married Elizabeth E. "Eileen" (Beggs) Meko, who survives, originally of Larne, United Kingdom.

June 10th

Punxsy splits a pair in 15/16 VFW action

June 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sunday afternoon, the Punxsy VFW 15- and 16-year-old team hosted Cumming Motors of Altoona for a morning-afternoon double header, and after picking up a thrilling win in the first game, Punxsy fell in the second to earn a split.

Despite trailing 4-3 entering the final inning of the first game, Punxsy's squad bounced back to manufacture a pair of seventh-inning runs to earn a 5-4, walk-off victory.

The come-from-behind inning started with a pair of back-to-back walks by Punxsy's Scott Thompson and Ruben Taylor.

Fire destroys barn, Jeep

June 10, 2012

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.

"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.

Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.

Way Back When

June 10, 2012

(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
(July 22, 1896)

ROBERT CLARKE DEAD

Law enforcement members learn important crisis training

June 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Police, corrections and probation officers from Jefferson and Clearfield counties recently graduated from The Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training that was held at the IUP Punxsutawney campus.

The Right Turn Program is a joint effort of the Clearfield and Jefferson County Criminal Justice Advisory boards, said John Brown, instructor and police officer for Clearfield and Punxsutawney.

Brown said the purpose of the program is to teach officers how to handle people who are in crisis situations or have behavioral problems. 

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