Archive - Jan 2013 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The words "the carnival is in town" will likely not be heard for the first time in many years in Punxsutawney the week before the Fourth of July, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department has announced it is unable to contract a company for this year.
"It's with a heavy heart that I announce that there will be no carnival in Punxsutawney this year," said Tami McFarland, president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Committee.
She said that, due to the ever-worsening economy and increasing fuel charges, J&J Amusements can no longer afford to travel to Punxsy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Our very own Punxsy Phil has always been considered to be royalty as the "World's Only True Weather Prognosticating Groundhog."
Now, he has an entrance to his Groundhog Day home that is fit for a king.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle unveiled the new grand "Arch" during a ribbon cutting ceremony held Wednesday at Gobbler's Knob.
"This is a project that I thought would never get done," said Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club president.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney school teachers have ratified the proposed contract with the school board within the last week, according to unofficial reports.
The Punxsutawney Area School Board received word from the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) that the proposed contract has been approved, said Gary Conrad, Punxsutawney Area School Board president, following Wednesday's school board committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â All three Punxsutawney fire companies were called to a structure fire involving a shed located at 302 Ellsworth Ave. in Punxsutawney.
The shed sustained $3,000 to $4,000 in damage when it caught fire at 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.
"The fire was knocked down when I arrived on scene," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Smith said the fire burned a spot through the wall and a hole in the floor of the shed, which housed two four wheelers and numerous tools.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â What are four first-year, first-semester culinary students doing entering a timed cooking competition that pitted them against some of the most recognizable industry names in the nation?
Bringing home a bronze medal, that's what.
Jan. 10 and 11, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts students Bradley Drake, 31, John Mink, 26, J'aime Abramowitz, 28, and Megan Kauffman, 21 â a Punxsy native â competed in the Skidmore College ACF Sanctioned Culinary Competition at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Inner Circleâs Groundhog Ball is quickly approaching, and the Groundhog Club would like to remind patrons that tickets are still on sale.
The dance is scheduled for Saturday, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. and live entertainment by Rudy and the Professionals kicking off at 9 p.m. and running through 1 a.m.
Tickets are available for this formal event at The Groundhog Club, 102 W. Mahoning St., or online at www.grounghog.org.
Tickets cost $30 and include hors dâoeuvres.
A cash bar will also be available.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was the end of an era at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney, as the longtime clerk of the session, Guy Lester, passed the torch to his successor Doug Chambers on Sunday.
Lester, who had been the magisterial judge in Punxsutawney, has held the position of clerk of session for the Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years and has been a stabilizing force during times of transition, said the Rev. Brett Swanson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
"Guy is a committed servant, which comes along once a generation for this kind of church," he said.
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council voted to rent the Big Run War Memorial for free to non-profit organizations that are based in Big Run.
Council approved a motion to allow Big Run-based non-profit organizations to use the Big Run War Memorial rent-free for a one-day-only event, such as meetings, said Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough
Lantz said the groups that are included in the motion for using the building for free are: Big Run VFW, winter/summer recreation programs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Beta Sorority.
On Monday, Jeff Tech hosted nine District SkillsUSA competitions.
Clearfield CCTC was the main hosting school for the year, so most of the students from Jeff Tech went there to compete.
However, Jeff Tech played host to the competitions for automotive service technology, building maintenance technology, commercial baking, crime scene investigation, criminal justice, customer service, precision machining and technical drafting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Drugs and alcohol are increasingly becoming the basis behind many crimes that have been committed during the past year in Punxsutawney, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, who recently released the departmentâs 2012 statistics.
In 2012, the Punxsutawney Borough Police received 1,145 calls at its dispatch center, said Fedigan.
He said out of those 1,145 calls, 250 were emergency calls to which police officers had to respond immediately.
Fedigan said his department is seeing major increases in psychiatric and mental health calls.