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Punxsy Spirit turns the page, names new editor

July 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sports reporter Zak Lantz is vacating his spot in the bleachers to fill another seat — editor-in-chief of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

"As a Punxsy native, I grew up reading The Spirit, especially the sports pages, and I really do consider it quite an honor to be named editor," Lantz said. "It's still a little bit surreal, actually. I've told my family members who have asked me if I'm excited that I really am, but I still feel a bit shocked it's happened and fallen together as it has. Now that we're getting things rolling, though, I'm confident it'll be a smooth transition."

Cleanup continues after Thursday’s heavy wind storm

July 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The huge band of thunderstorms that moved through Jefferson County caused a large number of trees to be knocked down, taking power and other utility lines with it Thursday and Friday.

As of Friday evening, there were still 1,300 residents without power in Jefferson County, said Chris Clark, deputy director of Jefferson County Emergency Services.

Clark said that despite the warnings, once again there were no tornado touchdowns that he is aware of.

Phil has handlers; so now does the Groundhog Club

July 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Punxsutawney Phil has his co-handlers, John Griffiths and Ron Ploucha, but who handles the Groundhog Club itself?

In the club's case, it's Katie Donald, who has served as events’ coordinator since April 2011, but earlier this month, was named the Groundhog Club's executive director — a pretty important title, considering that as the 127th anniversary of Groundhog Day approaches, the Inner Circle itself remains an all-male group.

Whipping winds trouble town, surrounding areas

July 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A huge storm that came roaring through Jefferson County Thursday afternoon caused tremendous amounts of damage throughout the area and rumors that a tornado may have touched down in Brookville.

A tornado warning was issued for northern portions of the county at 2:24 p.m. and expired at 3:15 p.m.

According to scanner transmissions: There were reports that a twister had touched down in the Brookville area and that high winds had caused major damage knocking power lines and trees onto area roadways throughout the county.

YOU CAN’T RAIN ON OUR POLKA PARADE

July 27, 2012

A scary storm brought the Barclay Square canopy tumbling down, but that didn’t stop Music in the Park from taking place — at the emergency location of the Punxsutawney Community Center. McKeesport’s The Mikey Dee Band — a polka band — wasn’t bothered by the weather, though, as it performed its show before the waiting audience.

Waste hauling company possibly to be purchased by other company

July 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Veolia, the French-owned waste hauling company contracted by the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, will be sold to Atlantic Waste Holdings pending an antitrust approval, the authority’s board announced at a meeting Wednesday.

If the purchase goes through, it will continue operations under a new name — Advanced Disposal Services. Board Chairman Russel Whelpley raised some concerns about the transition, namely whether or not the authority’s current contracts will be honored and if the new owners might change operation costs for better or worse in the future.

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