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October 2nd

Smith issues statement on federal approval of flood disaster aid

October 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement after learning today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved disaster aid for several counties, including Jefferson, impacted by the June 27 flood.

The federal funds will provide reimbursement to local, state and county agencies for costs associated with response and recovery efforts that are continuing after the flood.

Lady Chucks finish home season on top

October 2, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY— It's been a regular season full up ups and downs for the Lady Chucks' tennis team.

In the final home match of the season, it's only fitting that Punxsy would go out the right way to the tune of a 7-2 win over Brockway.

In their past two maches, the Lady Chucks have outscored the opposition 15-3.

Leading the way for the Lady Chucks was Amber Ward.

Ward won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets over Brockway's Anna Brinkley.

"[Amber] Ward's serves were on target, which helped her cruise to an easy win," head coach Rose Graffius said.

Indian Mill Stone Marker on display in Barclay Square

October 2, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The marker that pays tribute to the donated "Indian Mill Stone " in Barclay Square was recently placed in the ground near the stone.

S. Thomas Curry, member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical Society, unveiled the stone marker that pays tribute to the Timblin family, who had the mill stone originally, before it was placed in Barclay Square.

For the full story, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Gobbler’s Knob Trail to enhance educational aspect of Punxsy’s greatest attraction

October 2, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced Wednesday that an educational and informational trail will be the newest addition to come to Gobbler’s Knob. The club received a matching grant from the Jefferson County Hotel Tax Committee to help assist with this project.

This is a project to help promote Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day and to increase the amount of time spent in our community by visitors, the club said. Those visitors will be able to learn about our town’s fascinating history, as well as see a famous landmark at Gobbler’s Knob.

October 1st

Board approves hire of additional biology teacher

October 1, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted 6-2 to hire an additional high school biology teacher, but not before the need for an additional teacher was debated between board members and the administration at Tuesday's voting meeting.

Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Groundhog Club, Jefferson Co. EMS honored for largest CPR lesson

October 1, 2013

Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, along with Jefferson County EMS, received an award that recognized them for being the largest group to learn CPR on Groundhog Day this past year.

Sonja H. Berryhill, 76

October 1, 2013

Sonja H. Berryhill, 76, Big Run, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Henry
and Violet P. (Hoel) Horrell.

On Feb. 1, 1964, she married Thomas R. Berryhill, who survives.

She was Protestant by faith.

She was a teller and an assistant manager at the National City Bank in Big Run for 23 years and retired on June 15, 1994.

She was a member of the Big Run Betas, Eastern Star of Somerset for 55 years and a lifetime member of the PSU Alumni Association.

Down for the count: Bradford sweeps Punxsy

October 1, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY— The match between Bradford and Punxsy had a playoff atmosphere to it at Punxsutawney Area High School.

By now, you know the story.

The Lady Chucks traveled to Bradford last year during the regular season, only to get swept.

In the District IX Championship match, however, the Lady Chucks returned the favor with an epic five-game win over the Lady Owls.

In their first meeting since, Bradford took it to Punxsy, defeating the Lady Chucks in a three-game sweep, 25-9, 25-20, 25-17.

"We were a mess the first set. All night, we didn't

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