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September 7th, 2012

A young man with a caring plan

September 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kindness and compassion are a pair of traits that every parent hopes his or her child picks up and runs with, and one local youngster has certainly displayed both qualities with a recent act.

Daniel Billick, the son of John Billick and Amy Cowburn, both of Punxsutawney, saved up his hard-earned allowance for a very good cause: to purchase a backpack full of school supplies for an elementary student who may not be as fortunate as he is.

September 6th

Kuntz to raise funds for fire department Saturday

September 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local car dealer is holding a fundraiser Saturday in order to raise money for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Geoffrey Brackman, general manager of Kuntz Chevrolet Buick in Punxsutawney, said he's had an idea for a while to hold a special benefit for the fire department.

"Bill Williams, a Punxsutawney volunteer firefighter who works with me here at Kuntz's, would always tell me about the various needs that the fire department has," Brackman said, adding that one day, while traveling to work, he came up with an idea to put on an annual benefit for the fire department.

On your mark, get set, go! 14th-annual 50K Saturday

September 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Time to show your spirit!

September 6, 2012

The Punxsutawney Area High School cheerleaders paused during Wednesday’s practice to display their sign about Kelsey Snyder’s (front, left) senior project — 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.

September 5th

50 years later, Class of ‘62 still Punxsy proud

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1962 will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend — 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.

A new take on a regular fundraiser: Beta Sorority to raise funds through ethnic food fair

September 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — traditionally known as the salad luncheon — this year.

Trial dates set for Judy Sprankle case

September 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — 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.

September 4th

Juniors receive their new laptops through 21st Century Learning Initiative

September 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Students look forward to many specific days during their student careers — 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.

Prepping for Phil Phest 2012

September 4, 2012

Members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, including President Bill Deeley (left) and Jason “Big Chill” Grusky — seen doing some chain saw cleanup — were hard at work Tuesday evening preparing for this weekend’s 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 year’s attendees can expect some extra fun with a pair of bands — Pure Cane Sugar and Lucky You — set to perform.

Major construction projects planned for Punxsy in 2013

September 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

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