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January 26th

Saturday fire destroys storage area

January 26, 2014

Cody Craft, an Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company firefighter, is pictured with Austin Pate, of the Central Fire Department, after a fire in a storage bin in a house on Woodland Avenue was extinguished at 3:28 a.m. on Saturday.

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


January 26, 2014

It may have been a bit slippery outside with snow and slush, but that didn't stop many from attending the Breakfast with Phil and Groundhog Tour event, held at the Elks Saturday morning.

Children and adults came and enjoyed a delicious breakfast before heading out on the Groundhog Bus to tour Punxsutawney, Gobbler’s Knob and the Groundhog Headquarters, before ending at the Souvenir Shop.

Working hard in the kitchen were members of the Inner Circle and a special volunteer.

Way Back When

January 26, 2014

(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
January 18, 1888

Accidentally Shot

January 24th


January 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The theme is laughter…and plenty of it as the members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG) announce the line-up of the three plays selected for the Guild’s 39th anniversary season.

Since 1975, PTAG has been spotlighting local talent in live stage productions.

The tradition continues in 2014 with the launch of the annual patrons’ drive to encourage area residents to become part of the activities.


January 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — We tend to be a reflective, nostalgic bunch — a group that enjoys looking back on the “good ol’ days.”

With that in mind, those of us here at The Spirit thought it might be fun to look back on both our history and the history of our town’s most famous event by printing a book that looked back on the front pages that fell on the next printing day after Groundhog Day.

That’s how “Hog History: A Collection of Phil’s Prognostications as documented in The Punxsutawney Spirit” came about.

States crowned Winter Sports Queen; Boddorf named princess

January 25, 2014

Friday night, the Punxsutawney Area High School Winter Sports Queen was crowned at halftime of the boys’ basketball game against DuBois.

Emilee States (second from right) was crowned queen. She was escorted by Matthew Burkett (far right).

Juliann Boddorf (second from left) earned the honor of princess, and she was escorted by Matthew Burke (far left).

January 23rd

Winter queen, princess to be crowned at halftime tonight

January 24, 2014

At halftime of tonight’s boys’ basketball game against DuBois, the Winter Sports Queen and Princess will be crowned.

Pictured are the court members (front, from left) Emily Travis, Juliann Boddorf; (back) Jenna Knox, Jadie Smith, Jordan Knox and Emilee States.

Read all about the court members in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday! Mark Young

January 24, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Today’s familiar face is Mark Young.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mark Young is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the new owners of Roseman’s Florist. Or perhaps you have seen him throughout town.

Young was born and raised in Punxsutawney and is a 2001 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

How sweet it is: PAHS cheer squad Hershey-bound

January 24, 2014

Members of the local police force and the Punxsutawney Fire Department saw off the competitive cheerleader squad from Punxsutawney Area High School on Thursday afternoon, as they departed for the state championships in Hershey, Pa.

The snow picked up just in time for the departure, similar to confetti falling from the sky.

Maybe it was Mother Nature’s way of wishing the team good luck. Punxsy will compete Friday, and — if the team qualifies — Saturday as well.

January 22nd

Turner addresses school board, brings questions about IUP students using middle school pool

January 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney School Board held its committee meeting Wednesday night, with many issues being discussed.

One issue discussed was that of IUP-Punxsy students using the middle school pool during open swim hours. IUP-Punxsy Assistant Dean of Students Theo Turner was on-hand to answer any questions that the board had.

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