Archive - 2011 - News Article
(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.)
(April 1, 1896)
A SPINNING WHEEL IN COURT
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Private schools celebrated the Pennsylvania‚Äôs Educational Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and Bridge Educational Foundation at SS.C.D. School Friday.
The Bridge Education Foundation and its donors ‚ÄĒCSX Transportation, RBC Capital Markets, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan and XTO Energy ‚ÄĒ were on hand at the Catholic school to announce $149,000 in EITC scholarships for local families.
State Sen. Joe Scarnati, president pro tempore, and state Rep. Sam Smith, speaker of the state House, were in attendance to show their support for the EITC program and the local schools.
NEW ORLEANS ‚ÄĒ During his 1,880-mile canoe trip to New Orleans this summer, Michael Cherian learned first-hand what it was like to be up the creek without a paddle.
In his case, however, the creek was the Mississippi River.
Cherian, rowing his customized canoe ‚ÄĒ dubbed ‚ÄúSteady Eddie,‚ÄĚ in honor of his grandfather, the late Edward H. Burrows ‚ÄĒ to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson‚Äôs Research, reached his destination of New Orleans in September, but not before taking in a few more experiences once he finally reached the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ If a business owner seeks to reach new clients and connections, he or she need not click a mouse on social networking Web sites.
There‚Äôs already a wireless tool for making connections, and that‚Äôs the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Board of Directors President Jeff Curtis.
Curtis, who gave a ‚ÄúState of the Chamber‚ÄĚ address during the organization‚Äôs annual luncheon Thursday at the Punxsy Country Club, said if one isn‚Äôt sure what exactly the Chamber does, he or she should think about life without a Chamber of Commerce.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Yes, The Punxsutawney Spirit is a small-town American newspaper, and yes, unlike some other newspapers in small-town America, it prints its product for readers and business clients daily.
And in today‚Äôs edition ‚ÄĒ oddly enough ‚ÄĒ The Spirit‚Äôs main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs 2011 Business of the Year Award.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The future of a $4 million business park for Jefferson County is more in reach than ever before.
The Jefferson County Development Council was recently awarded a $2 million state grant to oversee the construction of infrastructure needed for the development of a new business park.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a really good economic development project for the county, Kristin Hullihen, planning director for the Department of Development, said.
Hullihen‚Äôs office has been working on obtaining the needed funds for this project since Gov. Ed Rendell was in office.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs that time of year again. The early-bird senior projects were held Thursday at Punxsutawney Area High School for seniors who chose to take care of the required graduation projects in hopes of possibly providing a little more breathing room during the spring semester.
These are just a few of the projects presented to parents, advisors, mentors, faculty and the community Thursday night:
‚ÄĘ Kayla Cameron‚Äôs senior project was a Vacation Bible School held at the Valier United Methodist Church over the summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Sure, Punxsy is mere days removed from Halloween, but the music and movement of Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet‚Äôs production of ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ might make one feel otherwise.
Based on the original story by Ed Zatsick with original choreography by Joan E. Van Dyke and Denny Sovich, ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ is scheduled for one performance Friday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center‚Äôs Jackson Theater. See the accompanying box for details.
The Punxsy boys‚Äô soccer team had to wait a year to do it, but the Chucks avenged a 2-1 double-overtime loss in last year‚Äôs District IX championship game with a 2-1 overtime win to clinch the 2011 D-IX title Wednesday night in Brockway. Pictured here are the Chucks players, coaches and trainers posing with their championship plaques. For more, click on Sports.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After getting a late start with planning, the Home for the Holidays parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in downtown Punxsutawney.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce encourages those groups, organizations, individuals and businesses that wish to be in the parade to get their registration in as quickly as possible.
Entry information and forms are available for download online at Punxsutawney.com or by calling the Chamber at 814-938-7700, ext. 2. Entry forms are requested to be completed and turned in by Nov. 18.