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April 16th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Memorial Library wrapped up National Library Week in fine form Saturday, with a party for children, guests and volunteers.
Library Director Coral Ellshoff also offered an update on some of the libraryâ€™s programs and recent statistics via a PowerPoint presentation.
Over the last year, the library saw these areas improve, she said:
â€˘ A 15-percent increase in cardholders.
â€˘ More hours open during the evenings (until 7 p.m. four days a week).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During its meeting Monday, the Punxsutawney Area School Board Athletic Committee discussed possible improvements to be made to Jack L. LaMarca Memorial Stadium.
A large amount of work needs to be done to the districtâ€™s playing fields, especially the stadium field, said Athletic Director Bill Vassallo.
The main football field, practice field and soccer field have numerous low spots that must be filled in with top soil, he said, while committee member Bob Pascuzzo said it would take 100 tons of dirt for the stadium field, as well as dirt to grade and fill it in.
BIG RUN â€” A Clymer man and a passenger were injured when their vehicle struck a house at 3:55 a.m. Sunday on Route 119, Big Run.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Robert Vincent Neese, 30, Clymer, was traveling south, when he drove off the east side of the roadway and struck the guard rails.
Police said as a result of striking the guard rail, the truck went air-borne and struck the porch of a house owned by Tom Berryhill of Big Run, which is located along the east side of Route 119.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council rejected the two bids it received for the 1981 Mack Fire Engine that had belonged to the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company.
"There are other avenues to explore to advertise this engine in fire department trade magazines, where a fire company would offer more money for it," said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said at the recent council meeting.
Council passed a motion to reject the two bids, one of $1,216.61 from Jeffrey A. Stauffer, Felton, and a second bid of $875.57 from Robert Zercher, DuBois.
(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.)
(May 27, 1896)
They Persecute a Cat That Destroyed Their Nest
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It can be said that the groundhog â€” and a soldier â€” saved the day.
A potential tragedy was averted Thursday when one of the National Guardâ€™s IAV Stryker all-terrain vehicles lost its brakes while traveling down Indiana Hill.
But instead of crashing through the ramp toward a restaurant full of people at Joeâ€™s Drive-In, a steel girder supporting the huge wooden groundhog located at the edge of the parking lot stopped the vehicleâ€™s forward progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” American Legionnaire Lance Robinson believes Sept. 10, 2001, was â€śthe last day of freedomâ€ť in the United States, but now, heâ€™s looking to see that date recognized as something else.
Robinson, a U.S. Marine veteran and resident of Export, Westmoreland County, stopped in Punxsutawney Thursday as part of a 300-mile bicycle trek that he calls the â€śHonor Ride Across America.â€ť
MILWAUKEE, Wis. â€” Kirk Fergusonâ€™s music career began at a young age, until one day, he made a realization about what he wanted to do with his life.
â€śWhat kind of happened was, I knew I wanted to go into performance, and my goal was to be the best trombonist in the world,â€ť said Ferguson, a 1999 PAHS graduate visiting family in Punxsy this week. â€śAnd the best players play in orchestras.â€ť
INDIANA â€” Before the cassette tape, the compact disc and the MP3, people listened to music with the help of a decent turntable, a good needle and a 33-, 45- or 78-rpm record.
And Saturday, April 21 â€” Record Store Day â€” is a day that independent (i.e., indie) record stores celebrate music in the vinyl medium.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sure, itâ€™s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.
Thatâ€™s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Philâ€™s friends who are 12 and under.