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January 30th, 2013
One thing that is known to be associated with Groundhog Day is royalty. And the crownings began Wednesday, as The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle crowned Sam Powers (front, left) Groundhog King and Anna Mae Hiles (front, right) the Groundhog Queen for 2013 at Mulberry Square Wednesday, as voted by their fellow residents. Pictured are (front, from left): Powers, Hiles; (back) Samantha Ianaro, of Mulberry Square; Jason Grusky, Big Chill; Ron Ploucha, Stump Warden and Philâ€™s co-handler; Bill Deeley, president of The Groundhog Club; and John Griffiths, co-handler.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center and the local chapter of the Elks would like to invite the residents of Punxsutawney and all visiting for the holiday weekend to come celebrate the countdown to Groundhog Day with the Shadow Summit.
An illuminated plexiglass groundhog cut out will be extended high into the sky to mark the beginning of the celebration of Groundhog Day on Groundhog Eve.
The event will take place between the Weather Discovery Center and the Punxsutawney Elks building.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” The Jeff Tech Operating Committee (JOC) continued its discussion on the purchasing of iPads for Jeff Tech students.
Sherry Hasselman, business manager, asked the JOC if it would like to proceed with sending a formal letter to the DuBois Educational Foundation for assistance in purchasing iPads for Jeff Tech students.
Dr. Fred Park, committee member, said he would like to take a look at all of the options being considered for the iPad initiative.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PAHS seniors have selected four boys and four girls to make up the 2013 Groundhog Court.
The court will be honored during an assembly to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. At that time, the 2013 Groundhog King and Queen will be crowned.
This yearâ€™s court includes Alysha Bridge, Alexah Fedigan, Jeane Pifer, Carley Smith, Drew Cooper, Pasquale Defelice, Taylor Phillips and Austin Sabatucci.
â€¢ Alysha Danielle Bridge is the daughter of Michael and Rae Ann Bridge of Timblin.
She is enrolled in the academic curriculum at PAHS.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” Two Jeff Tech students presented a mock-up for the proposed sign to be placed on the front of the school building at Monday's Joint Operating Committee (JOC) meeting.
Jeremy Fotta and Dylen Campbell, Jeff Tech metal fabrication students, presented the results of the research for the proposed sign as to what would be the least expensive and most feasible.
Campbell said it would cost $3,200 for aluminum, which would weigh approximately 900 pounds.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's a spicy, hot pizza â€” and we do mean hot â€” when World Pizza Champion (WPC) Patt Miller returns to Punxsutawney to flip his flaming pizzas as part of this weekend's Groundhog Day festivities.
Rob McCoy, director of the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC), said Miller will headline several performances in the Jackson Theater and in Barclay Square throughout the holiday weekend.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) donated money to various non-profit organizations that offer programs for school children in the Punxsutawney Area School District.
"Part of the dues we pay each year go toward a community project," said Jeff Kuntz, social studies and math teacher at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School at a presentation held Monday at the Punxsutawney
"PAEA donates money to community organizations three or four times each year," he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For those seeking a bit of additional exciting entertainment this Groundhog Day weekend, look no further.
The 15th Annual Magic Mike's Groundhog "Club Comedy Nights Extravaganza" will be held at the Rooftop of the Pantall Hotel.
The event will take place on Feb. 1 and 2, with four different shows being held.
Friday night will feature two shows â€” one starting at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, two other shows will be held, with one at 6 p.m. and
the other at 8 p.m.
By Matthew Triponey
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” The deputy warden of the Jefferson County Jail, Brian Sneeringer, has decided to move on to "bigger and better things" and thus has submitted his resignation effective Feb. 8, Warden Tom Elbel announced at the most recent meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board.
Paul Corbin, chairman of the county commission, said that the county would begin advertising the open position in the local media.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the old saying goes, "You're not in Texas anymore" â€” a saying that certainly applies to Greg Smith, the new senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney who, until recently, was a resident of the Houston, Texas, area.
"I grew up in the small town of Albion â€” not the one in Punxsy, the one in western Pennsylvania â€” and it is small like here and is about 25 miles southwest of Erie," Smith said, adding that he lived there until he was 21 years of age.
"So, becoming the senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsy is like coming home again," he said.