Archive - Jan 2014 - News Article
Take the bus and leave the driving to the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle as you make the trek to Gobbler's Knob for the Groundhog Day festivities.
This year, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle has made some minor changes to the bus stops and scheduling.
Tom Dunkel, Groundhog Club Inner Circle Shingle Shaker and busing coordinator, said that there will be three main bus stops.
He said the first stop is at McDonald's on East Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsy, where there will be two ticket booths.
Shane Beichner (front left) and Autumn Kunselman (front right) were crowned the 2014 Groundhog King and Queen at the annual assembly at Punxsutawney Area High School on Friday.
Pictured (back, from left)) are members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle who were on hand for the ceremony: John Griffiths, Co-handler; John Prushnok, Coal Front; Ron Ploucha, Co-handler; and Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President.
CLYMER â Friday evening, the Indiana County Coroner's Office reported a body found outdoors on Spruce Avenue in Clymer.
Corner Jerry L. Overman's office issued the release saying that a call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.
The release identified the individual as Janice Marie Keith, 66, of Clymer and said she was discovered in the snow outside her residence nude from the waist down.
Chief Deputy Coroner Chad E. Dill pronounced Keith dead at the scene at 11:20 a.m.
Members of the 2014 Groundhog Court include (front, from left) Alexis Kunselman, Linsie Adams, Justine Fye, Autumn Waltman; (back) Shane Beichner, Eric Ritchey, Jesse Walk and Will Curtis.
The King and Queen will be named Friday at the annual Groundhog Day assembly.
For the full article, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Mindy Grose.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Mindy Grose is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the director of the Pine Street Senior Center, or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Grose is a graduate of Craig Senior High School.
The PAHS Art Club decorated the Punxsutawney Post Office on Thursday night by painting five Groundhog Day-themed murals.
The group already painted murals at Lily's Restaurant and will continue at Miller Brothers Furniture today.
The group took a brief break Thursday to pose in front of a mural painted by Samantha Dyson and Thomas Troutman.
Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Caleb Gramolini, Kaylee Cowan; (back) Sierra Gump, Troutman, Samantha Dyson, PAHS art teacher Jessica Green, Jordan Travis and Tyler Dyson.
Despite the cold and snow, those who visited the Pine Street Senior Center on Monday were in for quite a treat with a picnic in the snow. Though they didn't actually have a picnic in the snow, those in attendance were treated to the warmth of the indoors and picnic food, which included hot dogs. They were also treated to some entertainment, provided by Nancy Phillips (left) playing the bass and Bev Davis on vocals and guitar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The countdown to Groundhog Day continues, and
in the meantime, volunteers and employees at Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenir Shop and the Chamber of Commerce have been fielding calls and shipping out Groundhog Day souvenirs.
For a full story on the souvenirs available at the shop this Groundhog season, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Robert Mario Bianco and Rita Richardson were crowned Groundhog King and Groundhog Queen of Mulberry Square on Tuesday, as Punxsutawney Phil paid a special visit for the crowning ceremony.
Pictured (front, from left) are Helen Berger, runner-up; Bianco, Richardson, Pat Dufell, runner-up; (back) Jason Grusky, The Big Chill, Groundhog Club Inner Circle; Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, Groundhog Club Inner Circle, holding Phil; and Jen Gjurich, Mulberry Square administrator.
A pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in the Punxsutawney Post Office parking lot off East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney at 4:35 p.m. on Monday.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department assisted Jefferson County EMS and Punxsutawney Borough Police at the scene.
The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.