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January 1st, 2013

Punxsy’s Sam Smith elected to second term as House Speaker

January 1, 2013

HARRISBURG — Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) was elected Tuesday to his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The unanimous vote was taken during the official convening of the 197th Session of the House, where 201 duly elected legislators took the oath of office.

During his address to the members and guests assembled on the House floor,
Smith talked about the meaning of liberty and freedom.

Nominations sought for Man & Woman of the Year

January 1, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Nominations are currently being accepted for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, honors that are presented annually at the Groundhog Banquet.

Nomination criteria and applications are available at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the office of the Punxsutawney Spirit.

The application is also available on the home page of punxsutawney.com.

The deadline for nominations for both the Man and Woman of the Year is Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Nominations should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, 102 West Mahoning St.

December 30th, 2012

Spirit closing at 3 p.m. today; no paper Tuesday

December 31, 2012

In observance of New Year’s Eve, The Spirit office will be closing at 3 p.m. today.

The office will be closed New Year’s Day, and there will be no paper.

Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

We wish all of our readers a Happy New Year.

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: Oct. — Dec.

December 30, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, news reporter Larry McGuire brings you the top news stories from the months of October, November and December.)

OCTOBER

Oct. 1
• The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the S.S.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsy’s Got Talent show
and a pumpkin-decorating contest.

December 28th

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: July - Sept.

December 28, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, The Spirit staff brings you the top news stories from the months of July, August and September.)

JULY

July 1
• The 46th Annual Groundhog Festival kicks off in Barclay Square.

July 3
• The Punxsutawney Area Community Center hosts its 17th annual 5K Run/Two-Mile Walk as part of the Groundhog Festival.

July 4

Alliance Church youth ‘going hungry to overcome hunger’

December 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — We've heard the old saying it's either "feast or famine," and this weekend at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, for members of the church's youth group it will be famine as they participate in a "30 Hour Famine” event to help raise awareness for world hunger.

"This is not just an event that is occurring at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. It is put on by Worldvision across the country," said Connie Neal of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.

December 27th

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: April - June

December 27, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, Editor Zak Lantz brings you the top news stories from the months of April, May and June.)

APRIL 2012

April 1
• The Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special, despite a bit of rain, has record-breaking totals of 524 participants and $65,000 raised.

April 2

To Connecticut, with love

December 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut will be forever etched into the memories of the students who attended school there, a Punxsutawney woman has come up with an idea that she feels might bring some comfort and peace to those students.

"I've titled it the "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" project, where we provide pillowcases with a verse from Proverbs written on them for the kids to see before they go to sleep each night," said Drinda Smith of Punxsutawney.

Elderly Care Drive a success

December 27, 2012

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club recently sponsored the “Elderly Care Gift Basket Drive” for local personal care and nursing facilities in the Punxsutawney area.

With the help of the community, the Groundhog Club was able to provide over 250 gifts for local facilities.

There were three days of deliveries, and items included arts and crafts, books, puzzles, pillows, hygiene products, DVDs and CDs, and much more.

The Groundhog Club said it could not be happier and would like to thank the entire community for its support during this holiday season.

December 26th

Winter storm wreaks havoc on county travelers

December 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are a fan of a "White Christmas," then you should be happy with the pretty flakes that fell Christmas Eve throughout the area, but very few people wish for a white day after Christmas.

"We had over seven inches of snow on the ground in Punxsutawney Borough as of 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday)," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management coordinator.

Hoeh said the forecast called for another three to four inches throughout the night.

"We were pretty fortunate that motorists were careful while navigating through state and borough streets," he said.

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