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August 13th

Council approves trail mowing request

August 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a motion for Public Works to mow the Mahoning Shadow Trail, as requested by the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association.

Ben White, Punxsutawney borough manager, received a letter from Matthew B. Taladay, president of the Trail Association.

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

Fun runs all week at the Dayton Fair

August 13, 2013

Carley Berk (right) of Shelocta is pictured wearing a balloon hat
that was created by Toodles the clown at the Dayton Fair on Tues-
day.

Wednesday is Military/Veterans’ Appreciation Day at the fair, and all military personnel and veterans will be admitted free of charge.

Featured at the grandstand will be Power Pull Productions presenting Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League with limited pro/super farm tractors, super stock 4x4 trucks, 6300 open 4x4s and 7700 open 4x4s.

An old-fashioned quarterback battle

August 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Regardless of what level, one of the best parts of any training camp is to keep an eye on position battles. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have the battle between Le'Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman for the starting running back position. If you look at the local programs, both Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh have a quarterback competition. High school is no different, as the Chucks have a quarterback battle of their own going on.

August 12th

Football's back in Punxsutawney

August 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a long summer off, the fall sports programs are getting back into the swing of things, as the 2013-2014 school year is just around the corner. After a three-day conditioning period, as brought into effect by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Punxsutawney Chucks hit the field Monday for their first official practice of the season.

Head Coach Alan Nichol, said that the new rules of conditioning changed the approach he took to the first day of practice. Because of the time last week, the Chucks were able to get right into things Monday.

Code of Ethics

August 12, 2013

This handbook does not include every detail or situation involved in the operation of the Borough of Punxsutawney.

It aims at the presentation of overall policy guidelines.

The borough will issue more specific and detailed information as needs or circumstances dictate. In no instance, however, will the borough rules and regulations take precedence over the policy contained herein.

A. General Responsibility of the Borough of Punxsutawney Employees

Council implements new code of ethics, approves GPS program on borough manager’s computer

August 12, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to implement the code of ethics and have a GPS tracking program for police and public works vehicles installed on Borough Manager Ben White's computer.

Up until now, the GPS tracking program was only available to be
viewed on Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan's computer.

Eric Story, council member, said under old business, that the GPS discussion regarding allowing the program to be on the manager’s computer, which had been tabled at the July borough council meeting, was supposed be discussed again at Monday's meeting.

Punxsy Phil “says,” ‘Gimme some o’ that sweet Elixir’

August 12, 2013

Punxsutawney Phil received a dose of the magic elixir that extends his life by seven years at Saturday's Phil Phest, held at Gobbler's Knob.

Phil's current age is 128 years old.

Pictured (from left) are Butch Prushnok, A.J. Dereume, and Bill Deeley, members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle, giving Phil his magical dose as the other members of the Inner Circle watch attentively.

Punxsy native makes his hometown proud, has firetruck dedicated in his honor

August 12, 2013

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. — When you hear the fire siren go off and you see volunteer firefighters with their blue lights heading toward their respective fire halls, no matter what the time of day or night, do you know the dedication required for this selfless service? One Punxsutawney native does.

Recently, Joe Lanzendorfer, was honored in Feasterville, Pa,. for his 55 years of service in the Feasterville Volunteer Fire Company. A brass plaque in his honor was affixed on the new Ford F-550 utility vehicle that was placed into service recently.

August 11th

Police investigating burglary at old Big Run Elementary

August 11, 2013

BIG RUN — Vandals hit the old Big Run Elementary School building along Route 119, smashing a window, scrawling graffiti in chalk and stealing a knife, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, who are investigating the burglary.

Sometime between Aug. 3 and Aug. 8, unknown suspected juvenile actor(s) arrived at the building — which a 22-year-old Punxsutawney man is using for storage — and smashed out the basement window with a 3-foot metal pipe.

Catholic Daughters of America donate to SS.C.D.

August 11, 2013

The SS.C.D. Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A) presented a check to Jessica Dinger, SS.C.D. School principal, (third from the left) with a donation of $1,500 that was raised at the CD of A annual yard sale earlier this summer.

Pictured are (from left) Pat Rougeux and Marian Klotz, CD of A members; Dinger, Elaine Scuello, yard sale chair; Dorothy Vilkinofsky, CD of A member; and Bernadette Horner, CD of A treasurer.

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