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February 14th, 2011

Putting the brakes on aggressive drivers

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Beginning Monday, PennDOT, Punxsutawney Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police are targeting aggressive drivers in an effort that runs through March 27.

Shawn Houck, PennDOT District 10 safety officer, said Monday that PennDOT is supporting a statewide crackdown on aggressive driving as part of this year’s distribution of nearly $2.1 million in federal funds, which supports police efforts to reduce the number of aggressive-driving crashes.

Council takes no action on Weaver's proposal

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council took no action regarding a proposal former probational Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Sean Weaver made at the Jan. 10 council meeting.

According to the Jan. 10 minutes, Weaver said it was requested that he have his attorney, Jeffrey S. DuBois, draft an agreement to bring a fair, equitable and amicable end to the lawsuit that he filed against the borough relative to his release at the end of his probationary period.

Council OKs bids for new firetruck

February 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company is closer to purchasing a new fire engine after Punxsutawney Borough Council passed a motion to advertise for bids at Monday's meeting.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense brought the final bid specs to council for its approval.

J. Karl Sutter, 80, Punxsutawney

February 15, 2011

J. Karl Sutter, 80, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a long illness.

A son of the late J.B. and Lillian (Sutter) Sutter, Mr. Sutter was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Covode.

May 14, 1951, he married Doris (Engle) Sutter, of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Mr. Sutter was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.

He attended the CMA Church.

Marna B. Elkin, 75

February 15, 2011

Marna B. Elkin, 75, Smicksburg, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

She was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Findlay, Ohio, the daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Sterling) Altman.
Sept. 28, 1957, she married her husband of 53 years, Emory Elkin, who survives.

James K. Zents, 82

February 15, 2011

James K. Zents, 82, Brookville, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born June 8, 1928, in Brookville, a son of the late Harry Esmond and Alva Estella (Maxwell) Zents.
He made his home with Patricia A. McKinney, who survives.

Mr. Zents was a veteran of the Military Police, having served in the Korean conflict.

Carolyn F. Confer, 71

February 15, 2011

Carolyn F. Confer, 71, Sigel, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at home.

She was born June 25, 1939, in Sigel, a daughter of the late Chester and Francis (Smith) Fiscus.

She was married to Richard R. “Dick” Confer, who preceded her in death Nov. 10, 2001.

Mrs. Confer was a homemaker and previously worked at the Farmer’s Inn in Sigel.

February 13th

Fire damages building

February 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were no injuries in a fire that began at 7:20 p.m. Sunday and took four fire departments over an hour-and-a-half to extinguish.

Four college students who rented the apartment at 1001 West Mahoning Street were displaced.

Numerous vehicles stored in the first- floor garage of the building were not damaged.

The alarm was called in by the residents of an apartment that occupied the second floor in the rear of the building.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense said firefighters got a good hit on the blaze when they first arrived on scene.

Long-time Valentines

February 14, 2011

John & Anna Kostick — 60 years

PUNXSUTAWNEY —
Aug. 5, 1950, the young couple tied the knot, becoming not just John and Anna, but jointly emerging as Mr. and Mrs. Kostick.

But about a year-and-a-half before that date, it was a dance where this Cinderella and Prince Charming danced the night away.

As one dance turned into another, the two were soon finding themselves entranced with countless late nights.

Despite the late night that John put in at A&P, the duo still made time, finding themselves dancing again, stopping only to eat.

Way Back When

February 14, 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 SUDDEN DEATH

Mrs. John Hill, of Stanton, is Taken Away by Apoplexy

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