Archive - 2012 - News Article
The history of Groundhog Day runs rich in one concept: Fellowship. The origin of the tradition is rooted in a group of men spending a day together on a hunt, and in many ways, the Groundhog Picnic has always been a similar event: Rooted in fellowship and a stag event.
Similar to any tradition, though, evaluation and change are always a good thing, and change is coming to this year's Phil Phest, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Gobblers Knob.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The coal industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but here in the Punxsutawney area, at one time coal was king.
The history of coal industry in Punxsutawney and western Pennsylvania was the subject of a video presentation followed by a discussion at the Lattimer House hosted Wednesday by the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society.
Shirley Sharpe, Historical Society member, said coal mines originally were like the gold mines out west, where the owner would receive a deed, and the ground and the mineral rites would belong to him.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It must be August when you see back-to-school commercials on television and the 73rd Saints Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival is ready to begin. The festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday with the proceeds going to the SS.C.D. Catholic School.
"This is my 19th year as the festival chairman; I succeeded Tom and Joanne Uberti after having been their assistant for several years," said Frank Hetrick, festival chairperson.
Hetrick said both of his children, Ryan and Shawn, attended school at SS.C.D. Elementary School and now live in Los Angeles, Calif.
BROCKWAY â Have you ever wondered if you are descended from someone famous? Do you ever wonder if your great-great grandparents did something significant â fought in a war, served in the political system, immigrated to America with nothing but the clothes on their backs or started their own business?
If you want to find out, you may have to travel only as far as your local library. The Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway presented a genealogies program last Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH â Many Little Leaguers and other baseball players in western Pa. have had the dream to one day pitch in the Major Leagues at PNC Park.
Lesa Walker, owner of Walker's Auto Parts, didn't get to play a game at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates; however, she was the winner of a contest that allowed her to throw out the first pitch of a game July 23 between the Pirates and Chicago Cubs as the winner of a promotion with Uni-Select â an auto parts warehouse with which she deals.
The Eagle Riders of Punxsutawney raised $2,000 on its annual motorcycle ride that was held recently, along with $1,000 donated by the FOE Eagles No. 1231, for Special Olympics. Jim Burton, WJAC TV meteorologist, member of the Special Olympics board of directors and a member of the Eagles Riders in Johnstown, said he was grateful for the money that was raised, which is used year round and not just during the Special Olympics games.
Burton said it is more than just providing athletics and exercise for special needs people; it is also used for medical screenings.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Thanks to the quick thinking of a passerby and a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, a garage fire on Rockland Avenue failed to spread to the owners' nearby house.
Central, Elk Run and Lindsey fire companies responded to a working garage fire at 1:56 p.m. Monday at 401 Rockland Ave. The property is owned by Jim and Janice Blose.
There were smoke and flames seen inside the garage when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â If you have an organization that relies on your small games of chance license to raise funds, then be prepared for some major changes that occurred as the result of Act 2 of 2012 â changes that were revealed in a presentation last Wednesday by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement at the Oliver Township Firehall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Stipends for faculty members who are involved with special student projects and the amount they should be paid were discussed at a recent Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting.
Punxsutawney Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said following the meeting that the stipend, which is a fixed sum paid periodically for services or to defray expenses, came about years ago when there was a play that was put on at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS), and then for multiple years it wasnât put on.