Archive - 2012 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A number of state and local politicians and officials, including Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle and State Senator Joseph Scarnati, the Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, visited the Punxsutawney Pre-K Counts classroom at the community center on Monday to support early childhood programs and to read to the children.
Also present were Karen Ray, the Jefferson County Pre-K Counts director, and Bruce Clash, the state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
The Oak Ridge Boys packed the Jackson Theater at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center on Saturday night for a sold-out Christmas concert. (From left) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban sing for the crowd.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PAHS senior Amy Jo Parente was in need of an idea for a senior project.
Deciding to see if anyone needed help at Mulberry Square Elder Care &
Rehabilitation Center, she met Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director, who came up with the idea of doing a handprint flag.
Veterans from all over are invited to take part in this project, where they will put their handprints on what soon will be a replica of the U.S. flag.
Currently, the blue field with white handprints as stars is already complete.
Now begins the process of making the red stripes.
SNYDER TOWNSHIP â€”Â A former Just for Jesus resident who left the ministry without notifying police of his current address has been located, according to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Timothy Weidinger, 34, was apprehended in Toldeo, Ohio, on Thursday, police said.
Sometime between Oct. 12 and Nov. 7, Weidinger left Just for Jesus, which is located along Route 28, for an appointment and failed to return.
Weidinger is required by law to notify police of his current address, police reported.
Criminal charges were filed though District Court.
(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.)
September 30, 1896
The Business Men's Picnic
Tomorrow at Mariposa Park a business men's picnic will be held. John Wannamaker, the great Philadelphia merchant and Ex-Postmaster General of the United States will be present and deliver an address. Large delegations from Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Punxsutawney and elsewhere are expected to attend.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the Australian group "Little River Band" will be performing on the stage of the Punxsutawney Area Community Center, located at 220 North Jefferson St.
This concert is part of the band's scheduled 2012 tour and will include several of its most popular recordings, including "It's a Long Way There," "Help Is on the Way," "Happy Anniversary," Reminiscing," "Lady," "Lonesome Loser," "Cool Change," "The Night Owls" and "Take It Easy on Me."
During its career, the band has sold more than 25 million records and has scored 13 American Top 40 hits.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Femco is hosting a 'Gingerbread Open House Party' on Saturday, Nov. 24, from noon to 2 p.m.
This will be a joint effort between Femco, Community Action and Kiwanis.
Femco is encouraging people to drop off new and unwrapped toys for Toys
for Tots while they're out and about getting ready for the other holiday festivities that day (parade, etc.).
One age group which is often overlooked in Toys for Tots donations are babies.
There will be free food and refreshments provided.
Friday marked the grand opening of Punxsutawney's newest store, Girl Friends.
The store is operated by friends Joyce Gunderson and Jennifer Frederick.
Both are wholesale reps who have been in the clothing business their whole lives. Their pink/white/black-themed store is filled with designer clothes, purses and jewelry.
"I was wandering through this town one day and just fell in love with it," said Gunderson.
The friends celebrated their grand opening with other friends and customers.
The annual SS.C.D. Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. There will be over 85 vendor tables. Both breakfast and lunch will be served for anyone looking for a yummy meal. The event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds from the meals and rented spaces going to the school. Pictured taking a break from helping with the setup are (front, from left) Alyssa Campbell, Abbey Stello, Teaghan Riggie, Emily Dobbins; (back) Elizabeth Stello, Morgan Riggie, Sawyer Hall and Gracie Hall.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What started out as a dream for Bruce Walker of Punxsutawney last year, has now become reality for him, with the help of many great people.
Walker's goal was to help local children at Christmas time. His statement â€” "No child should wake up without presents on Christmas" â€” was taken to heart by some friends who helped him host the first annual Tunes for Tots & Auction on Dec. 3, 2011, at Walston Club in Punxsutawney.