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January 17th, 2013

Groundhog Ball planned for Jan. 26

January 17, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s that time of year again — time for Phil to put on his tuxedo, top hat and dancing shoes for the Inner Circle’s Groundhog Ball, which will be held Jan. 26 at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

Doors open for the event at 8:30 p.m., and the music will fill the air from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

This year’s entertainer — Rudy and the Professionals — played the event last year and provided “a fabulous show with all types of musical selections,” said Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club.

DAR recognizes Krise for outstanding community service

January 17, 2013

The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has named Tim Krise the recipient of its annual Community Service Award.

To be eligible for this award, the recipient must have contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service with no compensation, or by organizing or participating in community activities.

January 16th

Eagles’ glockenspiel an artistic representation of Punxsutawney, club and other cultures

January 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When it comes to art, the town of Punxsutawney knows how to capture it at its finest.

Throughout this lovely town, one will most certainly find murals, crafty signs, wood-carved art, and of course the famous Phantastic
Phils. However, it is in front of the Eagles Club that passersby and tourists may be drawn to perhaps one of the more fascinating, often unnoticed, pieces of art — a Tree Clock Glockenspiel.

In October 2005, the Eagles celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of a rare piece that was created by the Verdin Company of
Ohio.

Council approves site sponsor agreement for recycling, handles appointments

January 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council did its bit to support recycling in the borough by approving the site sponsor agreement with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority at Monday's meeting.

Donna Cooper, Solid Waste/Recycling coordinator, said in a letter addressed to Punxsutawney Borough Council that, "she appreciated the continued partnership between the Borough and the authority in providing this beneficial public service program to borough residents, as well as throughout the county."

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect charged in Ragley's incident

January 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — District Judge Douglas Chambers has reported that a suspect has been arrested in the break-in at Ragley's True Value Hardware early Saturday morning.

Ryan P. Gerber, 18, of Sycamore Street in Punxsutawney, has been arrested on charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property in relation to incidents at both Ragley's and his mother's residence.

For the full report, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

January 15th

Borough Council promotes Conrad from part-time to full-time officer

January 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the hiring of a part-time Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer to full-time at Monday's Borough Council meeting.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan presented the Civil Service Vacancy eligibility list to council.

"I respectfully ask that council vote to approve an additional full-time officer to the department," Fedigan said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Event raises awareness for importance of mentors

January 15, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Who was your mentor growing up, and what did you learn from that mentor?

Those were the questions asked at the Big Brothers Big Sisters event held Monday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

With January being National Mentor Month, the program was aimed at raising awareness by joining together members of the community, as well as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, "Littles" and children on the waiting list.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is designed for kids five and older who reside in either Jefferson, Elk or McKean counties.

Missing Brookville woman found deceased in car

January 15, 2013

CLARION COUNTY — Clarion-based Pennsylvania State Police have reported that a 19-year-old woman reported missing over the weekend was found deceased inside her vehicle Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

PSP report that the victim, Devan C. Knapp of Brookville, was discovered in the vehicle along Summerville Drive in Millcreek Township, Clarion County, by a passerby. Members of PSP-Clarion and PSP-Punxsy reported to the scene.

January 14th

No injuries reported in stoplight fender-bender

January 15, 2013

This Suburu driven by Curt Mertz of Punxsutawney was heading south on Elk Run Avenue when he entered the intersection of Graffius Avenue on a red light, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police.

A Nissan pickup truck driven by Larry Depp of Punxsutawney was traveling east on Graffius Avenue and entered the intersection legally on a green light, striking the right rear quarter panel of Mertz's vehicle.

There were no injuries, and police were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS and the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.

Brookville-based AGLogic releases Android version of its popular ‘swackett’ app

January 15, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Nearly two years after its debut, swackett, the popular weather app produced by the Brookville-based company AGLogic, has been made available to Android users.

"If you google 'swackett,' the first word that comes up in the auto-suggest is 'swackett Android,' which means a lot of people were looking for it," said C. Scott Gilbert, the founder and director of AGLogic.

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