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August 20th

Defending Punxsutawney Phil

August 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The primary mission of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club is perpetuating and protecting the Legend of Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day.

This has been a challenging feat for the Groundhog Club throughout the years.

The importance of protecting the trademark and legend of Phil is not only important for the Groundhog Club and the Groundhog Day Celebration, but also for others in the community who utilize Phil for their livelihood, the local economy and tourism.

‘Wee Ones’ wow with a whopping 225 books!

August 20, 2013

A few weeks back, many of the members of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program held their end-of-the-year program.

More recently, though, the “Wee Ones” — children aged 18 months to 35 months — held their own end-of-summer party to celebrate their achievements.

Nine of 11 qualified readers were in attendance. The Wee Ones, as a group, read a whopping total of 225 books this summer!

August 19th

Central knocks down Cloe Lumber vehicle fire

August 19, 2013

Punxsutawney Central Fire Department members are pictured extinguishing a fire that broke out in the engine compartment of a 2004 GMC box truck owned by Cloe Lumber and Supply on Monday night.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Rainbow Express celebrates its 30th year, looks to the future with new teacher

August 19, 2013

Rainbow Express Nursery School is celebrating its 30th year this year, and at a recent ceremony — concluding last school year’s program — retiring teacher Ruth McNeil (right) was recognized for 22 years of service and given a quilt made of past T-shirts from Rainbow Express.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Rails-to-Trails to host Family Fun and Picnic Day

August 19, 2013

VALIER — The Punxsutawney Rails-to-Trails Association will be holding its 2nd Annual Mahoning Shadow Trail Family Fun and Picnic Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and will be held at the Fordham Trailhead Pavilion in Valier.

Susan Wolfe, secretary of the Rails-to-Trails Association, said that this will be the perfect event for some family fun.

"We thought this particular weekend would be good because a lot of families will be back from vacation, and this is a chance for families to have one last good time before school starts up," said Wolfe.

August 18th

BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY AT SS.C.D.

August 18, 2013

It's bloodmobile time in Punxsutawney from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the SS.C.D. cafeteria at 2095 Chestnut St. in Punxsy.

The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Punxsy American Legion Post and VFW.

Pat Rougeux, Red Cross volunteer, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 62 secretary and VFW Post No. 2076 auxiliary chaplain said that all blood types are urgently needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

Sunday blaze damages Pine Street home

August 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A fire that broke out early Sunday morning caused heavy smoke and water damage at a three-story house located at 211 Pine St.

"All three Punxsutawney Fire Companies — Central, Elk Run and Lindsey — were called to the house at 2:04 a.m. Sunday, when the next-door neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking and saw that a second-floor bedroom appeared to be on fire,” said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Way Back When

August 18, 2013

(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.)

Local Intelligence
July 14, 1897

Royal Arcanum Picnic
Remember the Royal Arcanum picnic at Clearfield, Pa., July 22nd.

August 16th

GODOT ANIMAL SANCTUARY TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ANIMAL ADVOCACY

August 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a place outside of town where animals that are unwanted, unloved or disabled are welcome to live. That place is the Godot Animal Sanctuary, and today, the sanctuary will be accepting an award from the Tri-County Animal Rescue Center.

The sanctuary was started 22 years ago by Lana Laughbaum, who, after years of working and living in New York City, felt a calling to help animals.

Laughbaum lives right on the property, where she purchased what started out as an old farm and turned it into a sanctuary.

PAHGS hosts day camp

August 16, 2013

The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. held a History Day Camp Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 at the Lattimer House.

The event was held for children ages 6-12, and this year’s theme was "Punxsutawney's Military, Public and Community Service History."

The children learned about different uniforms and patches, visited places such as the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and also welcomed a visit from Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his service dog, Brett.

Pictured here are (from left) Emily Wisneski, Nick Wisneski, Grant Miller,

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