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September 6th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ While runners can often be seen trekking the streets of Punxsutawney, this weekend will bring a special, additional group of runners to the town, as the 14th-annual Groundhog Fall 50K is slated to begin early Saturday morning.
For the second consecutive year, the race is being hosted by the Big Run VFW Post 9044, and the event is directed by post quartermaster Bob Lott.
One advantage of hosting the race in Punxsutawney, Lott said, is that it does bring in an out-of-town crowd and generates some revenue in the town.
The Punxsutawney Area High School cheerleaders paused during Wednesdayâs practice to display their sign about Kelsey Snyderâs (front, left) senior project â a chicken barbeque to benefit Spirit Buses for the cheerleaders and students to travel to road football games this season.
The event will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mahoning Valley Milling.
Pictured here are (front, from left) Snyder, Holly Waltman; (middle) Haley Hartman, Tessa Spearing, Tiana Smith, Morgan Smith; (back) Brittnee Tenon, Janell Burkett, Kaelee Wyant, Kylee Knox and Hailyn Fye.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1962 will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend â a reunion that will include a tour of the high school building.
Members of the Class of 1962 reunion committee shared their memories Wednesday as they looked forward to this nostalgic weekend.
For those students, it all began in the Jefferson Street School building, where the class of 1962 attended classes up until the 1959/1960 school year when grades 10-12 moved into the new Punxsutawney High School located up on the hill on North Findley Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ After a long-standing tradition of holding its main fundraiser during Old Home Week, the Punxsutawney Beta Sorority is taking a new angle to its fundraiser âÂ traditionally known as the salad luncheon â this year.
BROOKVILLE â The trial dates have been set for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges in Common Pleas Court in Brookville.
The dates for the trial for Judy L. Sprankle, Reynoldsville, have been scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville, with jury selection scheduled for next Monday, according to Chad Weaver, Jefferson County Court Administrator.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students look forward to many specific days during their student careers â the last day of school before summer vacation, the first day of deer hunting season, the first day of school each new year and, now, computer distribution day.
Students in grades 9-12 all have their own laptop computers through the 21st Century Learning Initiative at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS).
The program has been quite successful since the implementation of One to One Computing, said PAHS Principal Dave London.
Members of the Groundhog Clubâs Inner Circle, including President Bill Deeley (left) and Jason âBig Chillâ Grusky â seen doing some chain saw cleanup â were hard at work Tuesday evening preparing for this weekendâs Phil Phest. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, and along with the regular activities of hanging out, watching college football and enjoying the company of others, this yearâs attendees can expect some extra fun with a pair of bands â Pure Cane Sugar and Lucky You â set to perform.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Like the movie "Groundhog Day" could it happen that people will not be able to leave Punxsutawney?
If you've been following the PennDOT bridge construction schedule for 2013, two areas of town will have major bridge reconstruction work done next summer complete with detours, according to Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, who spoke at Tuesday's Public Works Committee meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The plants that bring downtown Punxsutawney to life each summer â in the parking meter urns and planted barrels â can't take care of themselves. And this past summer, the Punxsutawney Garden Club entrusted the caretaking to its new, youngest member: 15-year-old Tommy Troutman.
And while Tommy is joined by his grandfather, Clarence "Butch" Troutman, on his Punxsutawney watering trips, he said it was from the other side of his family that his love for gardening was first sparked by his grandmother Debra Edgell.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It happened again, as a neighbor thought she heard a beeping noise coming from a house at 302 Greenwood Ave. in Punxsutawney, saw smoke inside the structure and called 911.
With a quick response from the Punxsutawney Fire Department, the home was spared major damage.
"The owner, Scott Taylor, left at 3 p.m. and was working on an aquarium in what was the living room, and either a cigarette or equipment from the aquarium fell onto the couch and began to smolder," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.