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July 4th, 2012

Today's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 4, 2012

10 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race (ages three to four). Racing over a designated course, all races.

10:30 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race II (ages five, six, seven). Racing over a designated course.

10:30 a.m. — Three Wheel Race I.

11 a.m. — Three Wheel Race II.

11 a.m. — Registration for Scooter Race (ages seven, eight, nine)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach
Room off South Jefferson Street

11:30 a.m. — Scooter Race. No power-assisted scooters.

Oodles of Poodles: Groundhog Festival marks poodle act’s first trip to Pa.

July 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For a few hours during the Groundhog Festival, the event simply went to the dogs, as Michelle’s Magical Poodles performed several shows for the crowd.

Michelle Harrell’s four poodles — Blondie and Pirouette, both 11; Apollo, two; and Emilio, six — entertained guests by jumping through hoops, making figure-eights, rescuing stuffed toys from a mailbox and interacting with children.

Harrell, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., not only displayed her dogs’ tricks, but sought to illustrate that it is good to interact with one’s pet at home to help keep them active and healthy.

July 2nd

NICE HATS: Schedule for today, Wednesday

July 2, 2012

TODAY
• 9:30 a.m. — Registration for Teddy Bear Picnic. Categories — Gr-Gr-Girly Bear; April Showers Bring May Flowers Bear; Party Bear; Brave Armed Forces Bear; My Bear and I (dressed alike).
• 10 a.m. — Teddy Bear Picnic, sponsored by Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club. In case of rain, event will be held on the second floor of the Eagles across from Barclay Square.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Children’s Workshops, Boom Town-era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

WELCOME TO THE GROUNDHOG FESTIVAL

July 2, 2012

The young members of Headstrong, of Lancaster, displayed their country talents Monday night as the evening’s featured entertainment at the Groundhog Festival, which continues today and until Saturday evening. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

July 1st

'Sinatra' sings at Groundhog Festival

July 1, 2012

TODAY
• 10 a.m. to noon — Children’s Workshops, Boom Town-era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

• 11 to 11:30 a.m. — Registration for Diaper Derby (Crawling Babies) and for Tot Trot (12 to 18 months on padded course).

• 11:30 a.m. to noon — Diaper Derby Race followed by the Tot Trot Race.

• Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Sadecky’s Puppets, “The Prince and the Pauper.”

• 1 to 1:30 p.m. — Dennie Huber, magic.

• 2 to 2:45 p.m. — Sadecky’s Puppets, “Aesop’s Fables.”

Old Home Week Parade

July 1, 2012

Old Home Week Parade winners

Best equipped and appearing pumpers
• 1750 gpm or more: Clearfield.
• 1250 gpm to 1500 gpm: McCalmont, first; Ringgold, second.
• Under 1250 gpm: Sigel, first; Glen Campbell, second.
• Rescue: Ringgold.
• Aerial: Black Lick.
• Tanker: Glen Campbell.
• EMS unit: Sigel.
• Brush Truck: Jay Township, first; Sandy Township, second.
• Oldest Motorized Fire Apparatus: Glen Campbell.
• Judges’ Choice Award: Mahaffey.

Other categories
• Bikes: Breanna Delanne, Skyler Garzoni.
• High School Bands: West Branch, first; Marion Center, second.

Way Back When

July 1, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(July 29, 1896)

A VERITABLE
PICTURE GALLERY

June 29th

Old Home Week Carnival ends tonight; parking limits in effect today for parade

June 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan reminds residents about the traffic and parking restriction for today’s Old Home Week Parade. 

The parade will begin at 4 p.m., and parking restrictions will begin at noon.

The streets affected by the parking restrictions will include East and West Mahoning streets, Union Street and Chestnut Street. 

The parking restrictions will be lifted at the conclusion of the parade. 

Traffic will be restricted along Mahoning Street around 3:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade. 

Groundhog Festival schedule

June 29, 2012

Week-Long Events
Sunday through Saturday, July 7
• Food vendors in Barclay Square.
• Arts and crafts vendors.
• Sponsor vendors.
• Bring lawn chairs – No seating available.
• Rides and games provided by Fun Zone.

Sunday through Saturday 1 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m.
• Bake sales – Various churches and organizations.
• REACT First Aid booth.
• Proud member of the Pennsylvania State Association of Country Fairs.

Sunday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Free registration for Punxsutawney Festival custom car show at Powell & Associates lot.

Groundhog Festival starts Sunday morning

June 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 46th-annual Groundhog Festival will get underway Sunday morning in Barclay Square.

“I can always remember which anniversary it is, because it’s the same number as the Super Bowl,” said Roger Steele, Groundhog Festival Committee chairperson. “We’re the summer Super Bowl festival, because we’re the same age.”

This summer, however, committee members prepared for the week-long event with heavy hearts, following the passing of long-time committee member Ursula Albino.

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