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January 9th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ In regards to the report that Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) would not be providing security detail for Groundhog Day, Maria Finn, press secretary for the Office of the Commissioner of Homeland Security, PSP, would like to clarify that PSP will have a presence at the event.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Police were warning motorists to stay off the roads and closed others for several hours after a brief spell of rain froze on roadways and led to crashes throughout the Jefferson County and Western Pennsylvania area Wednesday morning.
In Punxsutawney Borough the icy road conditions caused three accidents at approximately 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
BROOKVILLE â Jefferson County will participate in the nationwide observance of National Mentoring Month through the rest of January, the county commissioners proclaimed at their meeting on Wednesday.
The purpose of the recognition is to raise awareness and find additional participants for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and others like it.
Heidi Stahlnecker, the program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County, represented the organization before the commissioners on Wednesday.
Congratulations to Jenna Peace on the birth of her son Brantley Peace, who was announced as the first baby born in 2013 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Brantley, who was brought into this world at 11:49 p.m. Jan. 1 by Dr. Emil Dib, weighed 7 pounds and was 19-3/4 inches long.
Pictured are (from left): Jenna Peace, Brantley's mother; Brantley; and Dr. Emil Dib, OB/GYN at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tickets for the Groundhog Clubâs Annual Groundhog Banquet will go on sale Thursday at the Groundhog Club, located at 102 West Mahoning St.
Tickets are available at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club for $25 each.
In addition to normal business hours, tickets will also be sold Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be available during normal business hours through the week until they are sold out.
This yearâs banquet will be held Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved a new contract with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) and a new five-year pact with Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe at Tuesday's board meeting.
The contract with PAEA was approved in a 6-3 vote with Gary Conrad, board president; Lesa Conner, Bob Pascuzzo, Penny Pifer, Melissa Snyder and Roberta Dinsmore, board members, voting yes.
Francis Molinaro, board vice president; and Jack White and Jim Baun, board members, voted no.
The king of rockânâroll was back on Friday night, at The Foundry in Reynoldsville. The Foundry was home to âTribute to Elvis, with Bugs Bayerâ for the evening.
Bayer performed a number of old Elvis classics including "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Burning Love."
The proceeds from the event benefited The Foundry and the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Budget cuts will prevent Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police from assisting Punxsutawney Borough Police with Groundhog Day security.
"We've had a number of meetings about this, and state police will not be able to provide manpower for the Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2 security detail this year," said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety committee meeting.
"It's quite a hardship to fill 20 to 30 spots that have been manned by state police troopers," he said.
It's again time for the "Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog" contest, which benefits the Weather Discovery Center.
All kindergarten children attending Punxsutawney Area schools, SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Christian School are eligible. Submit a photo (no larger than 5" x 7") with the child's name, age, address and phone number on the back by Thursday, Jan. 17.
Voting will run from Saturday, Jan. 19, until Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Stop in the Weather Center to place your vote for $1 each, or call 814-938-1000 with your credit card to vote.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the cold winter months upon us, many like to sit down with a good book and catch up on some reading.
Those at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library are keeping warm and staying busy by offering some new and exciting programs this winter for both kids and adults.
Starting Jan. 8, the library will begin offering not only literacy classes but also the Winter Reading Program known as the Tentative-Elementary Fun Program.
The Winter Reading Program is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning the week after Groundhog Day.