Archive - Dec 13, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After the 2010 fall sports season concluded for Punxsutawney Area High School, The Punxsutawney Spirit started a tradition that allowed its readers to select a Most Valuable Player from the four boys' sports and one from the five girls' sports.
This year, The Spirit continued the tradition, and the readers have spoken via their ballots, selecting a pair of seniors, girls' tennis player Shaina Reddinger and boys' soccer player Dan Triponey, as the 2011 recipients of the MVP awards.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Two days after a devastating fire destroyed a borough landmark, officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that nearly leveled the Punxsy Hotel along North Findley Street.
Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal, said he was âlooking for clues as to how the fire beganâ Monday in the kitchen area of the Smugglerâs Inn, which is attached to the Hotel.
Council: No tax increase in 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan was granted a new four-year contract at Monday's meeting, but it was not unanimous.
The vote was four council members in favor of the motion â Susan Glessner, Donna Lellock, William Spencer and Roger Steele â with Larry Chenoga and Mike Porada voting no.
Council member Robert Reesman did not vote, as he had left the meeting early due to illness.
Also at Monday's meeting, council:
â˘ Approved the 2012 budget with no tax increase.
BROOKVILLE â With only a smile and very few words, nine-year-old Michael Goddard can light up a room and make anyone feel special.
"He says hi to everybody," Paula Goddard said of her son, Michael. "No matter what they look like, or how old they are, or what color they are, it doesn't matter."
Michael has Down syndrome, and because of this, he has difficulty speaking.
But he doesn't let that get in the way of showing others love and compassion.
"He's really special," Paula said. "He's taught us a lot, on how to love unconditionally â just to accept people for who they are."