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January 10th

Phil’s home receives new look at library

January 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gobbler’s Knob is best known as Punxsutawney Phil’s home worldwide Feb. 2, but as everyone knows, his true home is in what has been known as the Groundhog Zoo in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

But recently, Groundhog Club Inner Circle president Bill Deeley said that Phil’s home in the library has undergone some much-needed renovations — as well as a new name.

“We replaced the burgundy canopy on Phil’s home that said ‘Groundhog Zoo’ with a green canopy that says ‘Phil Burrow’ on it,” Deeley said.

Weaver offers agreement to council

January 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Former Punxsutawney Borough Police officer Sean Weaver extended an olive branch in the form of a settlement to the members of Punxs-utawney Borough Council during Monday’s monthly meeting.

In August 2010, council did not offer Weaver and Pat Renwick full-time police employment at the end of their probationary periods. But during its Sept. 13 meeting, council hired Renwick but not Weaver.

Monday, Weaver spoke to council regarding a lawsuit he filed against the borough for not hiring him full-time.

New state exams coming for district

January 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — New statewide graduation exams are on the horizon, which in turn will change the Punxs-utawney Area School District’s entire curriculum and graduation requirements.

Basically, “It’s more testing,” PAHS Principal David London said.

Monday, London, guidance counselor Emily Cassidy and director of federal programs and curriculum Richard Galluzzi reviewed the proposed Keystone Exams, which London said are designed to help all students, beginning with the Class of 2015, demonstrate proficiency in state academic standards.

January 9th

Wolfe: New program in district a success

January 9, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The new SchoolReach notifications system in the Punxsutawney Area School District has worked well in its first attempts to communicate important messages to the public.

District superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe pointed out that thankfully, the district has only had to use the system once so far this year.

Way Back When

January 9, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
(January 29, 1896)
THE TELEPHONE COMPANY
An Enterprise Organized in Summerville That Is Branching Out

January 7th

Winter Royalty

January 8, 2011

The PAHS senior class chose Megan Muth (second from left) as the Winter Queen and Taylor Powell (third) as the Winter Princess. They were accompanied by their escorts Adam Murdock (far left) and David Roberts. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Ed Rendell reflects on eight years as governor

January 8, 2011

HARRISBURG — He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he won’t forget Punxsutawney.

“I’ll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,” he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. “Phil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.”

Just For Jesus guest Ernie Simmons back in jail

January 8, 2011

DUBOIS — A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvania’s parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations — again.

Ernie Simmons, 53, was convicted and sentenced to death for beating and choking 80-year-old Anna Knaze in her Johnstown home in 1992. The conviction was overturned after an appeals court determined prosecutors withheld evidence.

Prepare your best work for Story Day

January 7, 2011

From the man who brought you “Square Root Day,” Ron Gordon is back to promote “Story Day,” and the story must begin, “Ones Upon a Day.”

Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 — 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.

The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 — 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine — and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 — 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.

January 6th

Sheriff looks back on 2010, forward in 2011

January 7, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office recently concluded a busy year which saw the addition of TASERs to the weapons used by the deputies.

Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said through grants, he was able to purchase TASERs for the deputies to have a more effective means of securing offenders by a less lethal option, “by helping to bring the deputies home safely to their families and friends and the offender into custody unharmed.”

TASERs for deputies have deterred hostility because offenders know the outcome.

On Tuesday, the Jefferson County commissioners proclaimed the first week of October as National 4-H Week in the county...
The Punxsutawney Appreciation Day Committee is pictured here taking a short break from planning for its 2014...
A special Legislature Farewell Breakfast was held in honor of PA State Representative Sam Smith early Friday morning....
The Chucks golf team was the only Punxsy squad that played host on Monday, and the Chucks weren't...
On Friday night, the Chucks football team defeated the Union Knights in a shootout, 54-36, after...

 

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