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July 2nd

PAH celebrates important occasion with ceremonial mortgage burning party

July 2, 2014

On Wednesday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) held a mortgage burning celebration in honor of making the final payments for the building, which was built in the 1970s, and for the 1999 addition to the hospital.

Pictured here is PAH CEO Daniel D. Blough Jr. placing a copy of the mortgage into the fire.

The hospital also took the opportunity to recognize “original employees,” many of whom are pictured above, who have been at the building since its opening.

Work Begins Next Week on a Resurfacing and Bridge Repair Project on Route 36 in Jefferson County

July 2, 2014

Indiana — Work begins next week on a resurfacing and bridge repair project on Route 36 from the top of Chango Hill to the intersection with Route 119 in Punxsutawney Borough and Bell Township in Jefferson County.

Daytime, single-lane restrictions controlled by flaggers will be in place on Route 36 to perform roadwork including milling, paving and drainage.

Nighttime work will be performed on the bridge on Route 36 at the Route 119 intersection.

July 1st

Punxsy Major League Baseball All-Stars beat DuBois 7-5

July 1, 2014

If you mention DuBois around a Punxsy All-Star parent, chances are you'll notice a vein or two pop out of their neck as a rivalry fueled rage builds up inside of them. DuBois has defeated one All-Star team, and knocked out another thus far in an otherwise successful Punxsy All-Star season. They've been the thorn in Punxsy's side, the rain on their parade and the dirty band-aid in their ice-cream.

New Individuals bring an old-fashioned feel to festival; Wednesday's schedule

July 1, 2014

Tuesday night, the activity in Barclay Square was sponsored by FEMCO Machine, and that activity included a group called the New Individuals bringing an old-fashioned feel to the Groundhog Festival with their oldies performance.

Groundhog Festival Schedule of events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

10 a.m.-noon — Children’s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This year’s theme is “Native America.” Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Dennie Huber, Balloons

10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, across from the park at the Punxsy Eagles Club

Punxsutawney Garden Club’s June Garden of the Month

July 1, 2014

The Punxsutawney Garden Club's Garden of the Month for June belongs to Jim "Tibby" and Kathy Divelbiss, who reside at 403 North Penn St. in Punxsy.

Pictured with their fabulous garden (from left) are Kathy Divelbiss, grandkids Emma Galando and Hannah Galando and Jim "Tibby" Divelbiss.

To read all about the Divelbiss' garden, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

PennDOT: Work to begin next week on a resurfacing project on Route 119 in Big Run

July 1, 2014

INDIANA — Work begins next week on a resurfacing project on Route 119 from the intersection with Mitchell Avenue in Big Run Borough to the Jefferson/Clearfield county line in Jefferson County.

During the daytime hours, single-lane restrictions controlled by flaggers will be in place on Route 119 to perform roadwork including milling, paving and drainage.

PennDOT reminds motorists to be alert to changing conditions and to pay attention to flaggers and traffic control devices in the work zone.

June 30th

UPDATE: Police looking for missing Walston woman, 36

June 30, 2014

UPDATE: State police on Tuesday issued a release saying that Gigliotti has been located.

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Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a 36-year-old Walston woman.

Heather Dawn Gigliotti is described as approximately 5-feet-8-inches and 125 pounds, with green eyes and long blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing black shorts, a pink tank top over a white tank top and sandals.

Beatlemania featured at Groundhog Festival’s full first day; Tuesday's schedule

June 30, 2014

Monday was the first full day of events at the Groundhog Festival in Barclay Square, and it saw plenty of action, which was wrapped up by a performance by Beatlemania Magic, a national touring Beatles tribute band.

SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, JULY 1

• 9:30 a.m. – Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic — Categories for Teddy Bears: Christmas Bear; Tooth Fairy Bear; Doctor & Nurses Bear; Best Friends Bear; My Bear and I (Dressed Alike)

Community welcomes home Trooper Brad Wilson

June 30, 2014

If you were anywhere near town on Saturday around lunchtime, you couldn’t miss the thunder of motorcycles and other vehicles — escorted by numerous local officials — as the tribute ride to PSP Trooper Brad Wilson roared through Punxsutawney.

The ride was a part of a day full of festivities to welcome home
Wilson, who was seriously injured while executing a warrant on Sept. 26, 2013.

Pictured: Brockway mayor William Hrinya presents Trooper Wilson (center) with a framed copy of the proclamation declaring the day as Trooper Brad Wilson Day in Brockway.

PACC annual 5K/2-mile walk set for Wednesday

June 30, 2014

The Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) will hold its 19th annual 5K/2-mile walk in downtown Punxsy as part of the Groundhog Festival on
Wednesday.

Pictured with the shirts and medals are Donna Maines (left), PACC board member, and Rob McCoy, executive director of PACC.

For more information, call PACC at 814-938-1008 or email punxsyaccenter@gmail.com.

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