February 11th, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It wasn't unanimous, but Punxsutawney Borough Council hired three new part-time police officers at Monday's meeting.
Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander said for the new shift schedule to work, he needs to have three part-time police officers.
"We have three right now, but one is going back to his permanent job next month, one only works once a year to keep his MOPEC number current, and the other only works on weekends," Alexander said, adding that, currently, there's one full-time police officer who is off for medical reasons.
Sam Smith announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2014. For more details see Wednesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following a lengthy discussion at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, the members of council and a group of business owners agreed to meet and discuss the best way to handle snow removal throughout the business district in Punxsutawney.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
The sorts of temperatures and snowfall weâ€™ve had in the area are causing everyone â€” even those in the animal kingdom â€” to change their routines.
Spirit sports reporter Michael Waterloo recently caught this herd of deer sprinting through the yard at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Punxsutawney on his way to a game.
No details were available on any pending charges, but the deer seem to have guilty looks on their faces as they sprint away.
The Punxsy Chucks wrestling team will head to Bradford today for their second to last dual meet match of the season.
Miriam Louise Wachob Haag, 85, formerly of Big Run and Groveland, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Knickerbocker Villa Senior Care Residence in Clearfield.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a daughter of the late Harry and Edith (McClure) Wachob.
On July 9, 1949, she married Harvey E. Haag of Oliveburg, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2000.
Miriam was a beautician, working for many years at Sutterâ€™s Beauty Shop in Punxsutawney, before opening Miriam Haagâ€™s Beauty Shop in Big Run, which she ran for over 30 years.
Mervin J. Adams, 91, of Dora, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
Mr. Adams was born April 5, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James I. and Florence (Hawk) Adams-Shick.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude (Bush) Adams.
Mr. Adams was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Dora Evangelical Church, VFW in Brookville and the 99th Infantry Division Association.
DUBOIS â€” Approximately 35 occupants of a 10-unit, two-story structure are homeless as a result of an accidental fire that broke out around noon Saturday along 136 East Park Ave. in DuBois, according to Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police.
See details in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Firefighters battled a blaze that broke out at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a woodshop in Worthville.
For details, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
February 8, 1888
Cold Coke Ovens
About three hundred ovens have recently been shut down at the Walston Coke Works and the usual amount of coal is not being shipped, all on account of decrease in the demand for these articles.
The stagnation in the coal and coke industry is caused by the great strike now in progress.