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January 20th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Drugs and alcohol are increasingly becoming the basis behind many crimes that have been committed during the past year in Punxsutawney, according to Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, who recently released the departmentâs 2012 statistics.
In 2012, the Punxsutawney Borough Police received 1,145 calls at its dispatch center, said Fedigan.
He said out of those 1,145 calls, 250 were emergency calls to which police officers had to respond immediately.
Fedigan said his department is seeing major increases in psychiatric and mental health calls.
(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.)
January 20, 1897
Expected the Real Thing
A man from one of the rural districts was in town on Saturday and saw the numerous little black flags the Tornado company have stuck up on the telegraph poles to advertise their show.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is pleased to announce Jim Cantore of The Weather ChannelÂź as its 2013 inductee into the Meteorologist Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place on Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Weather Center on North Findley Street.
Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Whether it's in the middle of an ice storm, tornado activity or a Category 5 hurricane, there is no place Jim Cantore would rather be.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A few years back, a Woodchuck Whittle Competition was part of the Groundhog Day festivities here in town, and this year, it is trying to make a comeback!
The Groundhog Club is looking for participants to join the competition, and the deadline is quickly approaching.
The actual competition will take place on Feb. 3 at the Punxsutawney Community Center gymnasium, with set up running from 8 to 9 a.m. and the show taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The actual judging will take place at noon.
Pictured are Kristy Anthony and her son, Hayden, holding groundhog souvenirs from Punxsy Phil's Official Souvenir Shop. Hayden's father,
Chief Warrant Officer Greg Anthony, has been deployed to Afghanistan, where he will serve for a year.
Hayden is a 5-year-old who attends the Punxsutawney Christian School and is one of Sydney Bevak's pre-school students.
Upon learning that Haydenâs father had been deployed, Bevak decided to do something wonderful for the soldier and his unit.
The Annual Groundhog Day Corsage and Boutonniere Sale is once again underway.
What was started by the Women's Club 10 to 15 years ago has now been passed along to two of its most dedicated members.
Together, Jennifer Roberts and Katie Laska are working to bring an old tradition back into the town just in time for Groundhog Day.
Roberts, Punxsy PRIDE corsage coordinator, has been instrumental in starting it up again as well as putting it together.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Are you ready for some more soccer?
How about 7th- and 8th-grade soccer that might be coming to the Punxsutawney Area School District as early as this coming season?
Bill Vassallo, Punxsutawney Area School District athletic director, said that Phil Shenkle, boysâ varsity soccer head coach, approached him with the possibility of having a co-ed middle school soccer team.
"Some area schools have a boysâ and girlsâ middle school teams, and there are a lot that have co-ed teams," he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â This winter, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is offering much more than exciting programs for children and adults.
The library is jumping head-first into the technology era by offering a few new online learning resources, as well.
These resources benefit not only the patrons who are stuck indoors, but also children and students who are eager to learn something new.
By accessing the library's website at www.punxsutawneylibrary.org individuals are able to click on links that will allow them access to online magazines or downloadable e-books.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs that time of year again â time for Phil to put on his tuxedo, top hat and dancing shoes for the Inner Circleâs 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 yearâs entertainer â Rudy and the Professionals â played the event last year and provided âa fabulous show with all types of musical selections,â said Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club.
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.