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February 4th

Brockway’s Ryan Devlin a finalist for National Teacher of the Year

February 4, 2014

BROCKWAY — Ryan Devlin, a Brockway teacher now entering his seventh
year as an educator, was named Pennsylvania's 2014 State Teacher of the Year a few months ago, and now, he's one of the country's
four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Devlin teaches English (grade 11) and technology (grades 9 through 12) at the Brockway Area Jr./Sr. High School. He is also the head of the English Department there, in addition to acting as head cross country coach and senior high gifted advisor.

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

Weather Cancelation: Sharon Robinson at Penn State DuBois

February 4, 2014

DUBOIS – The appearance of author and speaker Sharon Robinson at Penn State DuBois on Wednesday, Feb. 5, has been canceled due the projected severe winter weather expected to take place across the region.

Robinson, the daughter of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, was scheduled to offer her program, Values, Baseball, and Jackie Robinson on campus at Noon on Wednesday.

The program touches on the many life lessons she learned from her father following his battle with racial barriers in Major League Baseball.

February 3rd

Weather Center inducts Samaras into Hall of Fame

February 4, 2014

The late Tim Samaras, weather researcher and storm chaser, was posthumously honored at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center on Groundhog Day with his induction into the center's Hall of Fame.

Pictured are Dr. Joe Kernich of the Weather Discovery Center with Jen Carfagno, Weather Channel meteorologist, who is holding Samaras' plaque.

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


February 3, 2014

It was a momentous occasion for two lucky little winners who took home the top hat and crown for the Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog competition at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Winning the title of Little Mr. Groundhog was Giovanni Gigliotti, son of Mike and Heather Gigliotti of Punxsy.

Winning Little Miss. Groundhog was Maggie Guidice, daughter of Mike and Melanie Guidice of Punxsy.

Giovanni and Maggie each received a $50 gift card for Walmart and took home a bag filled with goodies from the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Let’s have another look — a ‘Phil’s-eye view’ of Gobbler’s Knob

February 3, 2014

This view of Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day is not one that even faithful Phil followers have a chance to relish.

The sea of people you see is what Punxsutawney Phil sees when he emerges from his burrow every Feb. 2. The view is just too good not to share.

In fact, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said that in his 29 years of making the trek to Gobbler’s Knob, he thinks Sunday’s crowd “was the biggest yet.”

February 2nd

Groundhog Day 2014

February 3, 2014

For complete coverage of Groundhog Day 2014 - including the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year and photos of Phil's annual prognostication at Gobbler's Knob - pick up Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

Coroner: Autopsy of Clymer woman, 66, reveals no physical trauma

February 2, 2014

CLYMER — An autopsy completed Saturday on a 66-year-old Clymer woman found dead outside her home Friday did not reveal any physical trauma, according to a release issued by Indiana County Corner Jerry L. Overman.

According to the updated release, issued Saturday, the final results on the cause and manner of death of Janice Marie Keith are pending toxicology testing.

Keith was discovered in the snow outside her Spruce Avenue residence in Clymer on Friday morning, nude from the waist down.

A call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Punxsy Phil makes his call: Six more weeks of winter

February 2, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.

February 1st

Krise, Test receive 2013 Man, Woman of the Year honors at Groundhog Eve Banquet

February 2, 2014

Punxsutawney’s 2013 Man and Woman of the Year were named at the Groundhog Eve Banquet on Saturday night at Punxsutawney Area High School. Tim Krise (left) was named the Man of the Year, and Catherine Wesdock Test — who was celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday — was named Woman of the Year.

For full stories on both Krise and Wesdock, and a recap from the banquet — including information on Mike Gmoser, the Ohio DA who charged Phil last year — and Jen Carfagno of the Weather Channel, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

January 31st


February 1, 2014

All of us at The Spirit wish you a Happy Groundhog Day.

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