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September 10th, 2012
Monday evening, a sure sign of summer fading into the fall took place in Barclay Square, where volunteers gathered to take down the bandstand canopy that is property of the Groundhog Festival Committee.
The canopy served many summer events, from the Groundhog Festival to Music in the Park, over the summer months.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Borough council is planning ahead for community events, from next month's Pizza and Prevention Day to next summer's Groundhog Festival.
At Monday's meeting, council approved a request from the Punxsutawney Fire Department for a street closing and meter bagging for the display of fire apparatus on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The request pertains to the 11th-annual Pizza and Prevention event, which is sponsored by Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney and benefits the fire department.
Punxsy Phil indulges in a treat on the shoulder of his co-handler John Griffiths prior to receiving his annual dose of the elixir of life â€” giving him seven more years of life, according to legend â€” at Phil Phest held Saturday at Gobblerâ€™s Knob.
The 403rd CONUS (contiguous United States) Replacement Company was inactivated â€” removed from active military status â€” at the Maj. Charles D. Stoops United States Army Reserve Center in Punxsutawney on Sunday at 1400 hours, otherwise known as 2 p.m.
A member of the Punxsutawney community for 59 years, the 403rd Replacement Co. has supported Groundhog Day festivities for the past 10 years.
(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.)
(September 9, 1896)
SUPPOSED MURDERERS CAUGHT
Frank and William Dodson Arrested for the Murder of Louis Helman
William and Frank Dodson, the supposed murderers of Louis Helman, were arrested last Saturday morning by S.R. Van Horn, of Brockwayville, Deputy Sherriff McMakin and Chief of Police Robert McFarland, of Ridgeway.
BROCKWAY â€” The AJ Parise senior football team evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a convincing 30-6 win over Brockway last Saturday night at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
â€śThis was a nice team effort in all phases of the games,â€ť said senior head coach Joel Martin. â€śThe offense put points on the board and had no turnovers; the defense caused some turnovers; and special teams scored a touchdown. There were a lot of positives all around.â€ť
The long road trip and the threat of inclement weather couldnâ€™t stop Punxsyâ€™s sea of red from making the trip to Rimersburg to watch the varsity football squad take on Union Friday night.
Despite Mother Natureâ€™s intervention causing an hour-long lightning delay, the show went on. But it was far from a happy ending for Punxsy, as Union earned a 21-6 victory over the Chucks, dropping Punxsyâ€™s record to 1-1 on the young season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough is requesting that residents talk with the borough before adding to its compost pile on Beyer Avenue.
"If anyone is going to be dumping compost or tree limbs on the pile, please call the Public Works Department or the borough office to schedule a time that it can be taken up to the pile," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager at Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Kindness and compassion are a pair of traits that every parent hopes his or her child picks up and runs with, and one local youngster has certainly displayed both qualities with a recent act.
Daniel Billick, the son of John Billick and Amy Cowburn, both of Punxsutawney, saved up his hard-earned allowance for a very good cause: to purchase a backpack full of school supplies for an elementary student who may not be as fortunate as he is.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A local car dealer is holding a fundraiser Saturday in order to raise money for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Geoffrey Brackman, general manager of Kuntz Chevrolet Buick in Punxsutawney, said he's had an idea for a while to hold a special benefit for the fire department.
"Bill Williams, a Punxsutawney volunteer firefighter who works with me here at Kuntz's, would always tell me about the various needs that the fire department has," Brackman said, adding that one day, while traveling to work, he came up with an idea to put on an annual benefit for the fire department.