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July 1st, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Just in time for the Fourth of July, the 45th-annual Groundhog Festival kicks off Sunday.
With two entertainment groups coming back for round two, and all-new acts throughout the rest of the week, Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele is anxious for kick-off.
"I do get nervous days before the festival starts," he said. "But I know everyone that helps get this thing up and running does a great job of it. I'm excited to see how things turn out this year."
BROOKVILLE â During a Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, county Commission Chairman Paul Corbin congratulated the jail staff and Warden Tom Elbel on the results of the jailâs bi-annual inspection.
For the third consecutive time, the Jefferson County jail scored 100 percent on its inspection, which took place June 6.
The State Depart-ment of Corr-ections performs the inspection.
To achieve the perfect rating, the jail had to spend some money on routine maintenance items, such as painting.
Angie Roginela (left), who attends West End Elementary School, and Anna Newman, who attends Mapleview Elementary, display their funky hats during the Punxsy Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Carnival Thursday night on the grounds near the Punxy Plaza. The carnival continues tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Girls just want to have fun, and thatâs exactly what Mercy Smith of Punxsy did Wednesday at her home during a baby shower for her baby doll, Cinderella.
The Punxsutawney Aglow International group supported Mercy in her request to have a baby shower for her doll by inviting members of the group and their grandchildren.
Aglow International is a group of women, teens, youth and men who meet once a month for worship and monthly speakers. The group focuses on different outreaches such as providing gifts to children on Christmas.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Wednesday is considered the best day during the annual Old Home Week Carnival by members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and employees of J&J Amusements, as youngsters and adults from the Arc of Jefferson County Camp Friendship visited for fun and lunch.
Campers from Camp Friendship near Reynoldsville were invited to ride the carnival rides for free, and members of the fire department served campers, parents and counselors a free lunch.
Ranee Sikora, director of the Punxsutawney Camp Friendship, said the campers enjoyed the carnival as much as any day of camp.
A young girlâs recitation of a Biblical passage encourages refugees seeking safety during the Ice Age in Act I of âThe Skin of Our Teeth.âÂ The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the final three local performances of Thornton Wilderâs Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday nights at the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. Pictured are (front, from left) Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Doug Fye, Jef Dinsmore; (back) Terry A. Fye, Sandy Hill-Gearhart, Alexa Valkosky, Mallory Croasman and Alice S. Morris.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget â with no tax increase â for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesdayâs board meeting.
The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.
The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â About 18 months after the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent an ad for TruTVâs new show âNFL Full Contactâ from airing during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the case has been settled.
Monday, Groundhog Club Vice-President Mike Johnston said the club, working with the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, settled with TruTV and its parent companies, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and Grey Global Group.
Lisa Styslinger, of Punxsutawney, enjoyed her ride on the flying dragons at Tuesdayâs Old Home Week Carnival. The carnival continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the grounds located behind the Punxy Plaza.
My love for animals has grown tremendously over the past year. Last summer, I spent three months in Washington, D.C., interning at Double R Productions. I had the experience to complete a civil service project while I was there. For this project, I found an animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, based out of Washington.
Lucky Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them.