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December 27th

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.

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: January - March

December 26, 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, Assistant Editor Megan Reiter brings you the top news stories from the months of January, February and March.)

January 2012
Jan. 2

December 25th

PASR names Jeanne Curtis its Volunteer of the Year

December 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In recognition of the more than 2,000 hours she has devoted to a variety of organizations and projects in the past twelve months, Jeanne Curtis of Punxsutawney has been chosen as the Volunteer of the Year by the Community Service Committee of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).

December 23rd

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

December 23, 2012

In observance of the Christmas holiday, The Spirit office will be closing at 3 p.m. today.

The office will be closed Christmas Day, and there will be no paper.

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

We wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The ‘Rumors’ are true: Tavern closed — for now

December 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're a regular at Rumors Tavern on West Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney you've probably been wondering why they don't answer the phone anymore on "Taco Tuesday" — or any day of the week?

The reason is simple: It's because the restaurant has closed due to the Saw Mill

Run bridge replacement project. However, a new Rumors building is being constructed just yards away.

Council president recounts 2012, thanks workers, public

December 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a reflection on 2012, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Larry Chenoga thanked borough employees and his fellow council members for helping to make his first year as president a success.

Chenoga had been on council for seven years prior to being elected president in January.

"The president oversees and handles a variety of issues that the other members don't deal with," Chenoga said, adding that he keeps his fellow council members informed of any issues that he deals with as president.

Way Back When

December 23, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
December 16, 1896

"The Woman in Black"

The "woman in black" craze has struck this town at last.

This mysterious personage has infested all of our neighbor towns, and has served the purpose of keeping girls off the streets at night, and furnished material for many a hushed and awe-stricken conversation.

The woman it seems, is here.

December 21st

Sunday’s ‘Milk Can Jam’ to benefit local food banks, World Hunger Relief

December 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — We are "down to the wire" as far as Christmas shopping is concerned, while the band Down to the Wire is just getting wound up with the annual "Milk Can Jam" to be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Punxsutawney Eagles.

"We are celebrating 25 years of the classic Down to the Wire band consisting of Dom Catanzarito, bass; Joe Serian, lead vocals; Kevin Cielo, keyboard and vocals; and myself, guitars," said Matt Taladay, spokesperson for Down to the Wire.

Taladay said that Brian Rowan will be the drummer for the band on Sunday, but was not part of the original band.

Slick roads cause overnight accident on Graffius Ave. ext.

December 21, 2012

This vehicle driven by Tyler Kuntz of Punxsutawney was traveling on Graffius Avenue Extension in Bell Township at 12:55 a.m. Friday, when Kuntz lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid into a ditch, causing extensive damage to his vehicle.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company, McCalmont Towship Volunteer Fire Company with Quick Response Service (QRS), Jefferson County EMS and Rebuck's South Side Service.

No further information was available at Spirit press time.

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