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January 21st, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was the end of an era at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney, as the longtime clerk of the session, Guy Lester, passed the torch to his successor Doug Chambers on Sunday.
Lester, who had been the magisterial judge in Punxsutawney, has held the position of clerk of session for the Presbyterian Church for more than 20 years and has been a stabilizing force during times of transition, said the Rev. Brett Swanson, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
"Guy is a committed servant, which comes along once a generation for this kind of church," he said.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council voted to rent the Big Run War Memorial for free to non-profit organizations that are based in Big Run.
Council approved a motion to allow Big Run-based non-profit organizations to use the Big Run War Memorial rent-free for a one-day-only event, such as meetings, said Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough
Lantz said the groups that are included in the motion for using the building for free are: Big Run VFW, winter/summer recreation programs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Beta Sorority.
On Monday, Jeff Tech hosted nine District SkillsUSA competitions.
Clearfield CCTC was the main hosting school for the year, so most of the students from Jeff Tech went there to compete.
However, Jeff Tech played host to the competitions for automotive service technology, building maintenance technology, commercial baking, crime scene investigation, criminal justice, customer service, precision machining and technical drafting.
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 departmentâ€™s 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 â€”Â The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is pleased to announce Jim Cantore of The Weather ChannelÂ® 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 Haydenâ€™s 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.