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September 12th, 2012

Local author publishes romance novel

September 12, 2012

SIGEL — “I’ve always loved books,” local author Colleen Hansen said. “My mom used to read to me from a time that I was very young ... Books have always been magical for me.”

Eventually, it occurred to her that it would be wonderful to write something like that, to be able to take people away and stir their imaginations.

Last month, it culminated in the publication of her first full-length novel, “Roses and Moonlight,” on Aug. 4 under the local company Unknown Authors.

September 11th

F.O.E. reminds community of importance of remembering 9/11 on 11th anniversary

September 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even 11 years after the stirring events of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks played out on the television screens of Americans, the importance of remembering those events and those who responded so quickly to help in such a great time of need. Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, the Punxsutawney Fraternal Order of Eagles held a memorial service to remember those lost and to commemorate the first responders' brave efforts.

Bob Peace opened the event with a welcoming message, and those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the service.

MMM-MMM GOOD! APPLE PIE CONTEST HITS THE SPOT

September 11, 2012

Last weekend, PRIDE hosted an Apple Pie Contest in downtown Punxsutawney, and despite poor weather conditions over the weekend, the event went over well. The winner was Destiny Sorge of Punxsutawney, who won $50; second place went to Kyle Woods of Mahaffey, who won a $25 Punxsutawney Gift Check; and third place was awarded to Katherine Hartzell of Punxsutawney, who won a gift basket. Pictured are Woods (left) and Martha Jo Rupert, chef and culinary instructor at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, representing Sorge.

September 10th

School board considers effects of moving 7th grade to high school

September 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the possibility of some combination of scenarios involving closing Jenks Hill Elementary, moving the third grade into the middle school and moving seventh grade into the high school at its meeting on Monday.

Superintendent Keith Wolfe furthered the discussion by bringing along a compiled list of pros and cons of the specific act of moving the seventh grade into the high school.

"There are some definite pros to moving seventh grade to the high school schedule," he said.

A sign of summer fading to fall

September 10, 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.

Looking ahead: Council approves events for next month, next year

September 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

September 9th

That Magical Elixir

September 9, 2012

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 — giving him seven more years of life, according to legend — at Phil Phest held Saturday at Gobbler’s Knob.

BIDDING FAREWELL

September 9, 2012

The 403rd CONUS (contiguous United States) Replacement Company was inactivated — removed from active military status — 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.

Way Back When

September 9, 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 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.

September 7th

AJ Parise squads see success over B'way

September 8, 2012

BROCKWAY — 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.

“This was a nice team effort in all phases of the games,” said senior head coach Joel Martin. “The 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.”

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