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June 28th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For the first time, the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Committee will welcome a free concert by country-rock band Ridinâ Shotgun, which will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
The band has been together for five years and performed at various functions throughout the Punxsy area.
According to guitarist Ray âPokeâ Long, last year, the group opened for The Clarks at the Dayton Fair, and has performed on the local club scene, at the Reynoldsville Street Fair and the Farmersâ Market in Punxsy.
A large group of happy campers from Camp Friendship, Reynoldsville, are shown at the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Carnival Wednesday, saying thank you to those who participate in the Run/Walk for Someone Special, which pays for camp every year.
Thursday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club gathered at the country club to recognize special award-winners, to welcome incoming officers and thank outgoing officers, and to celebrate its accomplishments over the past few months.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved the 2012-13 general fund budget with no tax increase at Wednesdayâs voting meeting.
The board voted 6-1 to approve the $38,650,241 budget, with board President Gary Conrad, Vice-President Francis J. Molinaro and board members Lesa Conner, Jim Baun, Melissa Snyder and Roberta Dinsmore voting yes, and Jack White voting no.
Board members Penny Pifer and Bob Pascuzzo were excused from Wednesdayâs meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â There were some happy campers at the Punxsutawneyâs Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week carnival grounds Wednesday morning, as a group from Camp Friendship ate food and rode rides at the annual free event.
Every summer during Old Home Week, the fire department and J&J Amusements open the midway up and allow the campers â who range from age six up to 44 years of age â to ride the rides and eat for free, said April Barrick, co-director of Camp Friendshipâs Punxsy Camp.
BROOKVILLE â To save taxpayer money and provide better 911 service, eight area counties have formed a cooperative arrangement that will bring about a new 911 switching system.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County commissioners entered into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Northern Tier Regional Telecommunications Project with Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren counties for establishing and maintaining emergency 911 telephone systems within the territorial units of the participating counties.
He wasnât fire breathing, but the spinning dragon ride on the J&J Amusements midway is big, green and friendly. Here (from left), Nicholas and Olivia Gordon; and Lauren Kent of Punxsy, take a ride on the dragon Tuesday during the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs Old Home Week Carnival, which continues from 6 to 11 p.m. every night through Saturday at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza. For more photos, check out the online photo gallery.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The first weekend of July will see â and hear â more music this summer, even after the conclusion of the Groundhog Festival.
This summer, former members of any instrumental group from Punxsutawney Area High School are invited to take part in the first-ever PHS Alumni Band, with a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and a performance Sunday, July 8.
To learn how to participate, see the bottom of this story.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) presented a mock check to the county commissioners during the June 26 meeting.
The check, in the amount of $630,812, represented the amount of money school retirees saved the county through the 29,532 hours members volunteered last year in a wide variety of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Working at the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration is a family tradition for many of the vendors for J&J Amusements.
"My family has been working in the carnival business since the late 1800s," said Fran Freeborn of Beaver Falls, operator of the dime toss game for J&J Amusements, at Old Home Week carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.
Freeborn, 71, said she was about 17 years old when she first began working at Old Home Week.