Archive - 2013 - News Article
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 yearâ€™s 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.
Last week, The Spirit's Larry McGuire sat down with Gary Conrad to discuss the recently finalized contract between the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA).
For the interview, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What is Autism? That is the question that runs through the minds of many individuals.
And the answer is: autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are terms for a complex neurological disorder that is characterized by communication difficulties, social impairment and repetitive behaviors.
Children who are autistic may have difficulties with motor coordination or attention span, have trouble sleeping and potty training and have intellectual disabilities.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently named a pair of essay winners â€” PAHS senior Alexa Shaffer for the DAR Good Citizen Award and SS.C.D. School seventh-grader Kaitlin Nicole Doverspike for the DAR American History Essay Contest.
According to the letter read at the presentation, Shaffer's involvement in a number of community extends from school to church to community and made her an excellent choice for a "Good Citizen."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â What would you do if you or someone you loved suddenly became homeless? Where would you turn? Where would you go?
These are the questions that are often asked when someone becomes homeless.
The definition of an unsheltered homeless person is "one who resides in a place not meant for human habitation, such as parks, cars, sidewalks, abandoned buildings or on the street." When one thinks of someone who is homeless, he or she often pictures them as being dirty and dressed in rags. However, that isn't always the case.