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October 5th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The reports are grim, as deadly attacks continue on American troops serving in Afghanistan.
Nearly every day, the death toll mounts; more than 2,000 military personnel have already lost their lives, an average of one fatality per day.
Providing support while training the Afghan natives to take over security so that the armies from the United States and other countries can withdraw over the next two years is proving to be a dangerous and costly mission.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â You're in bed sound asleep when youâre awakened by the beeping of your smoke alarm, and even worse, you also smell smoke.
Sadly, this isn't a dream. Your nightmare has become reality, and your house is on fire.
Hopefully, you'll never need the services of the Punxsutawney Fire Department, but if you do, you can take comfort in the fact that members are well-equipped and trained to handle your emergency, whether it's a house fire, or if you're trapped in your vehicle following an automobile accident.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County History Center in Brookville picked up a new exhibit last Saturday, Sept. 29: âThe Civil War in Pennsylvania.â
It is a traveling exhibit that will be on display until Oct. 27.
While its overarching topic is the Civil War, its focus is a bit more narrow and pertinent to the local community, honing in on the perspective of war-era Western Pennsylvania.
âIt portrays an interesting aspect of Western Pa.âs Civil War,â said Ken Burkett, the director of the History Center.
Members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guildâs upcoming show, âDaddyâs Girl,â take a break from their rehearsal to pose for a photo.
The show â which opens Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School â is directed by Guild veteran Tracey Young and features a cast of 13 local actors.
Pictured are (from left): Ilona Ball, Kimberly Robinson, Doug Fye and Tim Cooper.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The stereotype of a bully is someone who takes your lunch money from you everyday and punches you in the arm, but that image actually makes up just a small part of bullying, as every day, more than 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school to avoid being bullied.
Not only are the effects of bullying on a child felt immediately, but they can also be lifelong, or even tragic, said Kim Rhodes, executive director of the Mentor Parent Program.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The mast arm for the traffic signal at the intersection of West Mahoning Street and South Gilpin Street, which was severely damaged in a traffic accident recently, may not be replaced until spring.
On Aug. 25, St. Josephâs Polish Society held its second annual golf tournament at Hemlock View Golf Course. Eleven teams consisting of four players each for a total of 44 players participated. All participants were invited back to the Polish club for dinner after a great day of golfing. Prizes were awarded to all participants. Several local businesses from Punxsutawney and surrounding communities donated prizes or contributed to the overall total that was collected to donate to the American Lung Association, the organization chosen this year by the board of directors of the Polish Club.
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.