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January 8th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved a new contract with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) and a new five-year pact with Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe at Tuesday's board meeting.
The contract with PAEA was approved in a 6-3 vote with Gary Conrad, board president; Lesa Conner, Bob Pascuzzo, Penny Pifer, Melissa Snyder and Roberta Dinsmore, board members, voting yes.
Francis Molinaro, board vice president; and Jack White and Jim Baun, board members, voted no.
The king of rockânâroll was back on Friday night, at The Foundry in Reynoldsville. The Foundry was home to âTribute to Elvis, with Bugs Bayerâ for the evening.
Bayer performed a number of old Elvis classics including "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Burning Love."
The proceeds from the event benefited The Foundry and the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Budget cuts will prevent Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police from assisting Punxsutawney Borough Police with Groundhog Day security.
"We've had a number of meetings about this, and state police will not be able to provide manpower for the Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2 security detail this year," said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety committee meeting.
"It's quite a hardship to fill 20 to 30 spots that have been manned by state police troopers," he said.
It's again time for the "Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog" contest, which benefits the Weather Discovery Center.
All kindergarten children attending Punxsutawney Area schools, SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Christian School are eligible. Submit a photo (no larger than 5" x 7") with the child's name, age, address and phone number on the back by Thursday, Jan. 17.
Voting will run from Saturday, Jan. 19, until Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Stop in the Weather Center to place your vote for $1 each, or call 814-938-1000 with your credit card to vote.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the cold winter months upon us, many like to sit down with a good book and catch up on some reading.
Those at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library are keeping warm and staying busy by offering some new and exciting programs this winter for both kids and adults.
Starting Jan. 8, the library will begin offering not only literacy classes but also the Winter Reading Program known as the Tentative-Elementary Fun Program.
The Winter Reading Program is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning the week after Groundhog Day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was a celebration â albeit a small one â as the first anniversary of the opening of Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets took place Friday.
The income-based apartment complex officially opened for business Dec. 16, 2011, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries on that cold December day.
(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 13, 1897
An Explosion of Powder
An explosion of fifty pounds of powder and several sticks of dynamite, which had been placed near a fire to thaw out, yesterday morning at the new glass works cite at DuBois, seriously injured Abraham Horn, a laborer, aged fifty, and also knocked down and hurt three other men who were working close by.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When you can combine efficient shooting and stifling defense together, the combination should spell victory on the basketball court.
The combination was a winner for the Punxsy girlsâ basketball squad at home on Friday night. The Lady Chucks hit 14 of 31 tries while forcing the Lady Bison into 19 first-half turnovers for a going away 46-30 âšvictory.
CLEARFIELD â The Punxsy Chucks were firing on all cylinders in their big 69-31 win over the Clearfield Bison Friday night. By night's end, 10 different Punxsy players lit up the scoreboard.
"We challenged the kids before the game... I challenged each and every one of them. We've been getting some decent leadership out of some people and tonight, everybody stepped forward, and I couldn't ask for anything better. We had guys that averaged three or four rebounds a game coming up with close to double-doubles," said Dirk Neal, Punxsy varsity coach.
COOLSPRING â A Worthville man suffered major injuries when his pickup truck was struck by a flatbed truck as he attempted to cross the intersection of Coolspring Road and Route 36 at 10:55 a.m. Friday in Coolspring, Oliver Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Larry Harp, 64, of Worthville, came to a posted stop sign at the intersection of Coolspring Road and Route 36, and Harp was attempting to drive straight across Route 36 onto River Road.