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BIG RUN â First-year frogcaster Jeff London has reported that the tiny peeper frogs began to sing in the Big Run Swamp at 2:10 p.m. on Friday.
London said that was their first look through the ice, and they have two
more to go before spring settles in for good.
London had predicted earlier in the week that it wasn't going to occur until Friday or today.
Up until this year, April 2 was the latest the tiny frogs had peeped, but now, the new longest record is established
as April 5.
A Punxsutawney man was injured late Thursday afternoon after he lost
control of his 1987 Chevy S10 on Summit Road.
The vehicle rolled over on to its roof, causing disabling damage.
The man was transported via ambulance to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, from which he was then flown via helicopter to a trauma center.
McCalmont Township Fire Department and Punxsutawney State Police responded to the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have released one name and filed charges related to a series of egging incidents that occurred between the dates of Nov. 17 and 18, 2012.
The incidents occurred in McCalmont Township, Young Township, Perry Township, Big Run Borough, Sykesville Borough, Reynoldsville Borough and Punxsutawney Borough in Jefferson County; Canoe Township, Banks Township, Montgomery Township and Burnside Borough in Indiana County; and DuBois City and Sandy Township in Clearfield County.
CLARION â Acclaimed film director Spike Lee delivered a presentation at Clarion University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday as part of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., established to provide the community with thought-provoking and
discussion-starting cultural experiences.
Lee is the award-winning, two-time Oscar-nominated director of such films as âDo the Right Thingâ and âMalcolm X.â He has also worked as a producer, a writer and, occasionally, an actor.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted to approve a resolution calling for reform of the Commonwealth's cyber charter school funding formula.
For a full recap of Dr. Keith Wolfe's comments on the resolution, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Rehearsals have been ongoing over the past two weeks for the 2013 Variety Show, which will be held at 7 p.m. from Thursday April 11 through Saturday April 13 at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium. Pictured are the this yearâs emcees performing a skit dealing with social media addiction (from left): Alex Anderson, Maija Carol, Trevor Peace, Sarah London and Caroline Dunkel. Tickets are available at the door or from a participant in the Variety Show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It may have been sunny outside on Tuesday afternoon, but Phil forgot to turn up the thermostat.
But after a slow opening two frames to start, Punxsy suddenly hit its stride.
Following a pair of scores in the third to tie the game at two, the Chucks changed to hot setting with a 10-run fourth to overtake the Wildcats of Kittanning for a 12-2 five-inning 10-run-rule victory on a cold opener in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The dirt was flying when ground was broken for the new Primary Health Network (PHN) medical facility that is being constructed on Prushnok Drive in the east end of Punxsutawney.
The weather was cold, but dry, and the sun was out for the ceremonial turning of earth at the seven-acre location.
Jack Laeng, CEO of PHN, welcomed the guests and dignitaries to the festivities, which were held on the construction site located behind the old Career Link building that is also owned by PHN.
BIG RUN â It has now been over two weeks since spring officially arrived on the calendar, and still, there's been nary a peep from the peeper frogs in Big Run, which is how most locals decide whether or not spring has officially arrived.
"It's hard to believe that we still haven't heard the tiny frogs announce the arrival of spring," said Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet and now resident Peeper watcher.
London said the average first day of peeping has been on March 20, the date for the official arrival of spring as far as the calendar is concerned.
SUMMERVILLE â Author and Summerville native Kendra Woodring â who writes under the name K.R. Woodring â returned to her roots on Saturday with a book signing held in her original hometown at the Summerville Public Library.
In fact, Woodring said she grew up "literally in the backyard" of the library, so close by that her mother's property touches corners with the library's.