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July 5th, 2012

Friday's Groundhog Festival schedule

July 5, 2012

10 a.m. to noon – Children’s Workshops, Boom Town era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach Room off South Jefferson Street.

11:30 to noon, 1:30 to 2 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Michelle’s Magical Poodles.

12:30 to 1 p.m. — Dennie Huber, magic

2 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 9 to 10 p.m. — Rick K & The All-Nighters (two shows, sponsored by S&T Bank and the Punxsy Rotary Club).

State salutes officer for targeting aggressive driving

July 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer and the department recently received recognition for curbing aggressive driving behaviors in the Punxsutawney area.

“As chief of police, I am always happy and proud when an outside agency recognizes the outstanding work accomplished by the officers of our police department,” Chief Tom Fedigan said.

Fedigan said Officer Patrick Renwick, a five-year veteran of the department, was recognized for his outstanding efforts
during the 2011 Pa. Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. 

FRESH AIR IN PENNSYLVANIA

July 5, 2012

After a long bus ride that departed New York City at 10 a.m. Thursday, the first group of Fresh Air Kids arrived at the SS.C.D. parking lot around 3:45 p.m. to greet their host families for a few weeks of fun, sun and activities away from their urban surroundings.

The family of Kelly and Buddy Ross — which includes Jenae Dawson (far left), Brielle, Ahslynn and Ryon Ross — of Sigel, welcomed Fawziyah Salman (second from left), 11, of Bronx, N.Y.

July 4th

Fireworks for the Fourth

July 4, 2012

The sky was aglow Wednesday night with this impressive Fourth of July fireworks display as part of the annual Groundhog Festival.

The fireworks show was sponsored by Thermal-Gard Building Products and local distributor Burke & Sons.

One win away: LLSB All-Stars cruising through Sectionals

July 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Coming out of a difficult district — where it had to face fellow powerhouses DuBois and Warren — Punxsy's Little League softball All-Stars know they were lucky to have such solid competition.

And Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Section 1 Tournament hosted by Punxsutawney, the home squad showed the benefit of playing the stout competition early in the tournament with a pair of fairly comfortable wins over Franklin Tuesday and McLane Wednesday.

The Zak Zone

July 4, 2012

The mid-summer heat that has been smothering the area over the past week or so is an obvious reminder: We are in the midst of the dog days of summer.

And with All-Star baseball and softball in full swing — congrats to the 11- and 12-year-old softball team on its run to the Section 1 final already and good luck to the numerous other teams still competing — and the Legion and Fed League schedules nearing playoff time, baseball is heavy on my mind.

Today's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 4, 2012

10 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race (ages three to four). Racing over a designated course, all races.

10:30 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race II (ages five, six, seven). Racing over a designated course.

10:30 a.m. — Three Wheel Race I.

11 a.m. — Three Wheel Race II.

11 a.m. — Registration for Scooter Race (ages seven, eight, nine)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach
Room off South Jefferson Street

11:30 a.m. — Scooter Race. No power-assisted scooters.

Oodles of Poodles: Groundhog Festival marks poodle act’s first trip to Pa.

July 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For a few hours during the Groundhog Festival, the event simply went to the dogs, as Michelle’s Magical Poodles performed several shows for the crowd.

Michelle Harrell’s four poodles — Blondie and Pirouette, both 11; Apollo, two; and Emilio, six — entertained guests by jumping through hoops, making figure-eights, rescuing stuffed toys from a mailbox and interacting with children.

Harrell, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., not only displayed her dogs’ tricks, but sought to illustrate that it is good to interact with one’s pet at home to help keep them active and healthy.

Bernard (Ben) J. Marasco, 79

July 4, 2012

Bernard (Ben) J. Marasco, 79, of Santa Maria, Calif., died Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario and Josephine (Serian) Marasco.

Jan. 30, 1954, he married the former Carol O'Leary, daughter of John and Winifred O'Leary.

Mr. Marasco attended elementary school in Walston and graduated from Ss. Cosmas & Damian High School in 1950.

He attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe for one year, then transferred to Gannon University in Erie and was a member of the first graduating class of the School of Engineering in 1955.

July 2nd

David Gillespie

July 2, 2012

David Gillespie, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Alexander P. and Vanda Von (Hoppe) Gillespie.

He relocated to Punxsutawney at a young age with his mother and sister, where he completed his secondary education.

After the death of his mother, Mr. Gillespie and his sister were raised by an aunt and uncle, the late Emma and Harry Gutelius.

Mr. Gillespie was a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the Army.

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