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October 2nd, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you haven't been bowling in Punxsy for a while, you might want to take a trip down to Groundhog Lanes on Pine Street in Punxsutawney, where owner Tim Lowmaster has just completed a major renovation with brand-new state-of-the-art Brunswick pinsetters.
"I've just begun my 13th year of owning Groundhog Lanes; I purchased it in July, 2000," said Lowmaster.
Lowmaster said early on, he had to upgrade the facility, starting with the furnaces that were located on the main concourse and were not very energy efficient.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The news that all the little ghosts and goblins have been waiting to hear is when Halloween will be observed in Punxsutawney.
Mike Porada, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said the borough received a letter submitted by the Punxsutawney Fire Department (which has organized the Halloween Parade for many years) proposing that the parade be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on Union Street.
Back in June, the Molinari family of Walston generously adopted one of many dogs that had been abandoned and discovered near Stump Creek.
Lauren Molinari, pictured with her dog Annie, took a special liking to her family's new pet, saying, "I like my dog Annie because she is so good. She is a mama's girl. She loves to run around with our other dogs."
Annie seems to be recovering nicely from the incident.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While Punxsutawney Area High School had its Homecoming royalty crowned last weekend, the other campus in town â€”Â IUP-Punxsy â€”Â has just recently announced its representative for its own Homecoming, coming up this weekend, in Allia Scott of Philadelphia.
Scott will represent the first-year students' campus in what IUP calls its "Crimson Court" as a part of Homecoming 2012 activities.
DUBOIS â€” The Com- monwealth Connections Academy (CCA) hosted a back-to-school picnic for students in Jefferson County at the Edgewood Family Fun Center last Tuesday.
The event was one of eight such back-to-school parties being held across the state by the school, with 32 planned for the two-week span.
The purpose of the event was to kick off the start of a new school year, as well as to allow students and parents the opportunity to meet their peers and teachers in person.
The combined youth groups of the Christian, Missionary and Alliance Church; First Church of God; Salvation Army; and First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney sponsored a youth rally Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. Mike Hammer, youth pastor at First Church of God, said the purpose of the rally was to have a safe event where students could come, interact and have fun. He said he wants students to realize that just because something is church-related doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s boring.
The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the SS.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsyâ€™s Got Talent show.
Winners of the talent show were (from left) Brielle King, third place, who sang and played the keyboard; Garrett Rowan (second place), who played the guitar; and Caleb Dinger (first place), who also sang and played the keyboard. Dinger received a $100 cash prize.
The pumpkin-decorating contest at The Spirit's Appreciation Day on Saturday drew a crowd of artistic children, including Giselle Hickox (from left), 8, Punxsutawney, â€śMost Beautiful Pumpkin; Madison Barr, 9, Punxsutawney, â€śUgliest Pumpkinâ€ť; Rooney Kunselman, 3, Rossiter, â€śMost Original Ideaâ€ť; Matthew Grusky, 7, Punxsutawney, â€śFunniest Pumpkinâ€ť; and Dartanyan Pifer, 4, Punxsutawney, â€śSpirit Favorite.â€ť
Dartanyan won a $25 Chamber gift certificate.
County Market sponsored the event, and Pine Valley donated the pumpkins.
Community First Bank donated treat bags to participants.
(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.)
Sept. 9, 1896
ELDERS' AND DEACONS' CONVENTION
An Elders' and Deacons' Convention was held at Pleasant Grove on Thursday, September 2. The convention was called to order by Rev. Hartman, of Punxsutawney, and Rev. H. G. Teagarden, of Oliveburg, was elected chariman, and T. M. Sadler, secretary.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Back on March 24, 2009, the community lost a man far too young when Adam Travis passed away.
Out of the tragic event, now three years past, though, Adam's mother, Chris Gigliotti, has found an inspiring way to experience a level of healing.
And thanks to her handiwork, members of the community who have suffered a similar loss will have the opportunity to experience the same when Alan Pedersen brings his and his wife's inspiring Angels Across the U.S.A. program to the Pantall Hotel.