Archive - 2013 - News Article
This handbook does not include every detail or situation involved in the operation of the Borough of Punxsutawney.
It aims at the presentation of overall policy guidelines.
The borough will issue more specific and detailed information as needs or circumstances dictate. In no instance, however, will the borough rules and regulations take precedence over the policy contained herein.
A. General Responsibility of the Borough of Punxsutawney Employees
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to implement the code of ethics and have a GPS tracking program for police and public works vehicles installed on Borough Manager Ben White's computer.
Up until now, the GPS tracking program was only available to be
viewed on Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan's computer.
Eric Story, council member, said under old business, that the GPS discussion regarding allowing the program to be on the managerâs computer, which had been tabled at the July borough council meeting, was supposed be discussed again at Monday's meeting.
Punxsutawney Phil received a dose of the magic elixir that extends his life by seven years at Saturday's Phil Phest, held at Gobbler's Knob.
Phil's current age is 128 years old.
Pictured (from left) are Butch Prushnok, A.J. Dereume, and Bill Deeley, members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle, giving Phil his magical dose as the other members of the Inner Circle watch attentively.
FEASTERVILLE, Pa. â When you hear the fire siren go off and you see volunteer firefighters with their blue lights heading toward their respective fire halls, no matter what the time of day or night, do you know the dedication required for this selfless service? One Punxsutawney native does.
Recently, Joe Lanzendorfer, was honored in Feasterville, Pa,. for his 55 years of service in the Feasterville Volunteer Fire Company. A brass plaque in his honor was affixed on the new Ford F-550 utility vehicle that was placed into service recently.
BIG RUN â Vandals hit the old Big Run Elementary School building along Route 119, smashing a window, scrawling graffiti in chalk and stealing a knife, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, who are investigating the burglary.
Sometime between Aug. 3 and Aug. 8, unknown suspected juvenile actor(s) arrived at the building â which a 22-year-old Punxsutawney man is using for storage â and smashed out the basement window with a 3-foot metal pipe.
The SS.C.D. Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A) presented a check to Jessica Dinger, SS.C.D. School principal, (third from the left) with a donation of $1,500 that was raised at the CD of A annual yard sale earlier this summer.
Pictured are (from left) Pat Rougeux and Marian Klotz, CD of A members; Dinger, Elaine Scuello, yard sale chair; Dorothy Vilkinofsky, CD of A member; and Bernadette Horner, CD of A treasurer.
(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.)
July 28, 1897
P.P. Long's Store Burned
P.P. Long, of the Punxsutawney Bargain Store, who also owned a store at Potters Mills, Centre County, received a telegram last Saturday informing him that his store had been destroyed by fire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board received an update on the elementary summer school program that was put on by AmeriCorps.
Shari Weber, elementary principal, said the program was run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which included a free lunch for the children.
"This summer school experience benefited the students to enrich their experience with math and reading,"
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Friday was the last day to enjoy a great hot dog lunch, all while supporting a great cause, as the Library Hot Dog Days came to an end.
Though the day may have started out with rain and dark clouds, by noontime, the sun finally came out and shined in time for the celebrity volunteers.
Pictured are members of the PRIDE Team (from left) Tom Chelgren, Duane Miller, Kathy Smith, Linda Shaffer and Laura Chelgren.
Members of the local country/rock-n-roll band Ridinâ Shotgun performed for fans at Music in the Park on Thursday evening. Despite a rainshower that moved through the area right around 6:30 p.m., the band played by the mantra that âthe show must go on.â And it did.