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PSP budget cuts to affect Groundhog Day security

January 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Budget cuts will prevent Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police from assisting Punxsutawney Borough Police with Groundhog Day security.

"We've had a number of meetings about this, and state police will not be able to provide manpower for the Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2 security detail this year," said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety committee meeting.

"It's quite a hardship to fill 20 to 30 spots that have been manned by state police troopers," he said.

2013 Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog submissions now being accepted

January 7, 2013

It's again time for the "Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog" contest, which benefits the Weather Discovery Center.

All kindergarten children attending Punxsutawney Area schools, SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Christian School are eligible. Submit a photo (no larger than 5" x 7") with the child's name, age, address and phone number on the back by Thursday, Jan. 17.

Voting will run from Saturday, Jan. 19, until Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Stop in the Weather Center to place your vote for $1 each, or call 814-938-1000 with your credit card to vote.

A diverse selection: Library offers exciting opportunities for visitors of all ages

January 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the cold winter months upon us, many like to sit down with a good book and catch up on some reading.

Those at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library are keeping warm and staying busy by offering some new and exciting programs this winter for both kids and adults.

Starting Jan. 8, the library will begin offering not only literacy classes but also the Winter Reading Program known as the Tentative-Elementary Fun Program.

The Winter Reading Program is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning the week after Groundhog Day.

M. Maxine Novak, 78

January 7, 2013

M. Maxine Novak, 78, Punxsutawney, formerly of Wenonah, N.J., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born on July 13, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Earl and Nellie (Hobba) Payne.

She was married to Victor S. Novak, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Novak was an avid bowler, donated to many charities and loved entertaining and spending time with her family.

She was retired from the Bell Telephone company.

Barbara A. (Lightner) Sturgeon, 67

January 7, 2013

Barbara A. (Lightner) Sturgeon, 67, of Curwensville, formerly of Mahaffey, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Clearfield Hospital.

Ms. Sturgeon was born Oct. 17, 1945, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late John F. Lightner and Hilda (Fleming) Lightner.

Barbara was the last surviving member of her family.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be missed by many friends.

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