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February 2nd

Sorry, Gov. Corbett, Phil says six more weeks of winter

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Phil’s 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobbler’s Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except his own instinct.

The result, as read by Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston: “As I look at the crowd of Gobbler’s Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be.”

When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Phil’s prognostication, Corbett replied, “No. Now we’ve got to get PennDOT ready.”

LITTLE MR. & MISS GROUNDHOG

February 3, 2012

Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog — kindergartners Audrey Johnson, (second from left), age five, and David Kunselman (third from left), age six — were crowned Thursday at the Punxsy Weather Discovery Center. David, son of Greg and Becky Kunselman, attends Mapleview Elementary, while Audrey, daughter of Chris Johnson and Jeanne Porada, attends the Punxsutawney Christian School. The youngsters were crowned by Punxsy Phil and his co-handlers, John Griffiths (far left) and Ron Ploucha (far right).

New Hall of Fame inductee enjoys Punxsy, ‘where weather is king’

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Fred Gadomski, the ninth inductee into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, said Thursday that he was being honored for a career he simply considers to be fun.

Also, he said, “You can’t imagine what a treat it is to be in a place where weather is king.”

Seventh-grade squad picks up the split

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Over the past week, Punxsy's seventh-grade boys' basketball team earned a split in a pair of tough games against DuBois and Ridgway.

Last Friday, the Chucks picked up a come-from-behind 23-22 victory over the Beavers by outscoring DuBois 12-6 in the final quarter.

PUNXSY HOOPS SUCCEEDING AT ALL LEVELS

February 3, 2012

While Punxsutawney was hosting the sixth-grade basketball tournament Jan. 21-22, a team of third-grade girls' basketball players traveled to compete in the Penns Manor basketball tournament and saw great success, finishing with a 3-1 record. The girls worked hard to reach their 3-1 record, Ben White, who submitted the above photo, said. Pictured (from left) are Ryley Casaday, Riley Franklin, Olivia Roberts, Abby Stello, Katelyn Griebel, Murphy White, Riley Presloid and Sarah Weaver.

Judy Kay Bowser, 58

February 2, 2012

Judy Kay Bowser, 58, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born July 20, 1953, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Charles and Emily (Strawcutter) Lingenfelter.

She was married to Richard W. Bowser, who survives.

Mrs. Bowser was a nurse's aide.

Joseph M. Carney Jr., 49

February 2, 2012

Joseph M. Carney Jr., 49, Norfolk, Va., died Jan. 26, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va.

He was born in DuBois.

Mr. Carney was a concrete supervisor for J.M. Briggs Concrete Company.

He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed riding his Harley with his friends. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

Timothy M. Kellert, 48

February 2, 2012

Timothy M. Kellert, 48, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

He was born Nov. 22, 1963, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Warren A. and Mary E. (Gigliotti) Kellert.

Mr. Kellert was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Punxsutawney Moose 954 and the Walston Club.

BREAKING NEWS: 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

February 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY -- This morning at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, thus declaring six more weeks of winter. See tomorrow's Spirit for more.

February 1st

The Zak Zone

February 2, 2012

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to quickly stop by Punxsutawney Area High School to snap some pictures at a pair of youth wrestling tournaments: The Groundhog Classic Saturday and the Novice Tournament Sunday.

Thinking back on the events, two things stood out to me.

First, I discovered that you can pack a lot of people into the gymnasium at PAHS.

Much to the events' credit, a total of nearly 600 wrestlers ages six-to-15 turned out for the annual tournaments, and the parking lot wasn't the only area that was nearly full.

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