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October 14th, 2012

Groundhog Club breaks ground on new Gobbler’s Knob entrance

October 14, 2012

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle broke ground on Saturday for a new entrance to Gobbler's Knob, which will bring even more of a royal feel to the entrance of the home of Punxsutawney Phil.

“The entrance will include a large arch that will proclaim the location to be Gobbler's Knob," said Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.

Lundy said the entrance began with the development of a master plan for The Knob.

PUMPKIN ‘PRIDE’ IN PUNXSUTAWNEY

October 14, 2012

The Oktober Fest Pumpkin Pie Contest, organized by PRIDE, was a delicious addition to the downtown Saturday.

Winners of the contest posed for a photo afterward with the judges.

Pictured are (from left): judge Matt Struss, representing Miller Brothers Furniture; judge Martha Jo Rupert, representing the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts; Casey Dyson, second-place winner; Nikki Sardon; third-place winner; and Howard Beezer, current Punxsutawney Man of the Year, representing the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

Way Back When

October 14, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
September 23, 1896

HORRIBLE EXAMPLES OVERWORKED

"Rome, Babylon, Carthage where are they? What caused their downfall? Why have they been wiped off the map of the world?" howled the free silver orator. And the men of various political and social ideas in the audience answered in various ways.

October 12th

McCalmont firefighters make learning fun at Parkview

October 12, 2012

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

ANITA — The week of Oct. 7-13 has been designated National Fire Prevention Week, and Friday, firefighters from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company treated the students at Parkview Elementary School to a special program about fire prevention safety.

Six different members from the department — Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven — gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month close to home for local families, too

October 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, which some people believe may not have anything to do with them or anyone they know.

That belief, though, isn't necessarily true.

"Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or parents who share biological parenthood," said Suella Himes, counselor advocate III for the Community Action Inc. Crossroads Project.

Himes said instances of acts of domestic violence include:

CAREER WOMEN READY FOR ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

October 12, 2012

Members and officers of the Career Women’s Club would like to invite local residents to donate blood at their annual blood drive Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at SS.C.D.

The representatives pictured here are (front, from left): Mary Molinari, Helen Whitesell, Lois Vanderpool; (back) Diane Neal, Stacy Volchko, Dena Taylor and Lena VanDyke.

October 11th

Council seeks Fedigan’s opinion on GPS systems

October 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The research is continuing regarding the purchase and installation of a GPS system for Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicles and possibly some others.

The Grant County Sheriff's office in Arkansas has been using the Wireless Matrix GPS system that Punxsutawney Borough Council has been looking at for use here, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief, at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.

POPPY DAYS ORGANIZERS SAY ‘THANKS’

October 11, 2012

Last weekend, members of the Punxsutawney VFW Post 2076 and the Ladies Auxiliary participated in “Buddy Poppy Days” to raise funds to help support veterans.

Both organizations wanted to thank everyone who helped and who donated to their cause.

Pictured are VFW Post Commander Jim Dunlap (left) and Ladies Auxiliary member Betty Kotula.

October 10th

‘I Can Cope’ to bring hope to those with cancer, loved ones

October 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Jefferson unit of The American Cancer Society (ACS) is sponsoring another session of “I Can Cope,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the IUP-Punxsutawney Campus on Center Street.

"I Can Cope is the largest single free educational program for adults facing cancer, either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver within the year," said Peg Henninger, R.T.

Henninger said the ACS has been doing this for nine years.

"We've done so well with it because our committee just gels together," she said.

A rare occasion: Today is Ladybug Day — only four such days every 100 years

October 10, 2012

The classic children's show Sesame Street has been in the news of late after being a hotly debated topic at the first round of the 2012 presidential debates this year, but Sesame Street is in the news in another, less-conventional way today as well.

Ladybug Day is the reason the show is receiving national attention today, and a visit to ladybugday.net — a website put together by the Gordon family of Redwood City, Calif. — explains just why today is such a monumental day.

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