Archive - 2011 - News Article
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP â Family members who lost their home in a fire Dec. 26, 2010, on Rock Run Road in Montgomery Township lost everything they owned except their lives, but continue to receive assistance.
Sean Connor, who is the assistant manager at the Punxsutawney Wal-Mart, and his wife Mary, who is a cafeteria worker for the Purchase Line School District, and their youngest daughter Katarina, had just returned home the evening of Dec. 26 when their dog, Ringo, became restless after Sean had gone to bed.
HARRISBURG â Punxsutawney Phil and the state Pennsylvania Tourism Office chose an unusual location to announce the latest technological promotion for Groundhog Day 2011: The state Farm Show & Expo.
Maybe itâs not too unusual, however, because last year, Punxsy Phil and tourism officials announced that his prognostication would be sent to his loyal followers via text message.
There wonât be text messages this year, but followers of the Foursquare mobile platform have an opportunity to earn a special PA Groundhog Day badge if they âshoutâ their current location Feb. 2.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Gobblerâs Knob is best known as Punxsutawney Philâs 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 Philâs home in the library has undergone some much-needed renovations â as well as a new name.
âWe replaced the burgundy canopy on Philâs home that said âGroundhog Zooâ with a green canopy that says âPhil Burrowâ on it,â Deeley said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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 Mondayâs 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â New statewide graduation exams are on the horizon, which in turn will change the Punxs-utawney Area School Districtâs entire curriculum and graduation requirements.
Basically, âItâs more testing,â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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.
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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)
HARRISBURG âÂ He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he wonât forget Punxsutawney.
âIâll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,â he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. âPhil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.â
DUBOIS â A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvaniaâs parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations â 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.