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January 26th, 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.)
January 18, 1888
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The theme is laughterâ€¦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 Guildâ€™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 patronsâ€™ drive to encourage area residents to become part of the activities.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” We tend to be a reflective, nostalgic bunch â€” a group that enjoys looking back on the â€śgood olâ€™ days.â€ť
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 townâ€™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.
Thatâ€™s how â€śHog History: A Collection of Philâ€™s Prognostications as documented in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€ť came about.
Friday night, the Punxsutawney Area High School Winter Sports Queen was crowned at halftime of the boysâ€™ 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).
At halftime of tonightâ€™s boysâ€™ 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.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Mark Young.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mark Young is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the new owners of Rosemanâ€™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.
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 Natureâ€™s way of wishing the team good luck. Punxsy will compete Friday, and â€” if the team qualifies â€” Saturday as well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thanks to the assistance of the community, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) has reached its goal of $70,000 to purchase a new digital projector for the Jackson Theater.
Teresa Neal, the Punxsutawney Community Center Boardâ€™s theater chair, said the center had set its goal at $70,000, with a hope that it could raise it by June, when 35mm films will no longer be produced.
As a community of faith, the students at SS.C.D. not only worship together, but they also learn, grow and build long-lasting relationships together that continue long after their schooling ends.
It is through these communities that the students find the strength to stay strong in their faith and to grow to be a productive part of their community.
Knowledge is just one part of that three-part community building.
Students at Saints Cosmas and Damian School get an advantage of small class sizes and todayâ€™s technology to prepare them for their future.