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September 25th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚Äď Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Sammy Davis Jr. The golden days of the legendary Rat Pack.
It's not the kind of music on the average sixth-grader's iPod, but it's what 11-year-old Punxsy native Gabrielle Vallese likes, and she liked Dino's song ‚ÄúEverybody Loves Somebody Sometimes‚ÄĚ so much, her energetic performance of that standard netted her top honors in The Punxsutawney Spirit's ‚ÄúPunxsy's Got Talent‚ÄĚ event this past Saturday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ An official flag retirement took place Sunday afternoon by the John Jacob Fisher American Legion Post No. 62 at the VFW in Punxsutawney. The retirement began with an official flag ceremony called "Retirement of Old Colors," before the worn-out and distressed flags were put into a bed of flames.
"This is a proper way to retire your flag," said Earnest Siverling, first vice and second in command at American Legion Post No. 62. "We're more than honored to do this with as much respect as we can muster."
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Thursday, members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held a mixer at the Grace Place Community Resource Center, formerly the Grube Hospital.
The Rev. Tim Spence, interim executive director for the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry Inc. (JALSM), said construction on Grace Place Apartments is 60 percent complete with occupancy scheduled for Jan. 1.
He said the apartment building is being constructed in two sections. In the first section, the sheet rock is nearing completion, while in the second section, the stud work is almost finished.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Police have named a suspect who faces charges of criminal attempted homicide in the Thursday evening shooting of two Punxsy men.
Friday, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan said his department and Pennsylvania State Police Troop C‚Äôs Major Case Team are investigating the shooting that occurred around 9:30 p.m. Thursday along Cranberry Alley.
In his statement, Fedigan said Christopher Lawrence Thornhill, 24, who has Pittsburgh as his last known address, shot the two Punxsy men multiple times.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Punxsutawney Borough and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an alleged shooting that occurred along Cranberry Alley around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police did not offer comments at the scene, but eyewitnesses suggested there were several people standing in the alley near a brown or gold SUV when multiple gunshots were heard and seen.
Witnesses said the shots apparently came from the SUV.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Every child has big dreams. Some want to be an astronaut, some want to be president, and others want to be professional athletes.
Likewise, every parent dreams big for their children. They may have different ideas of what they should do one day, but the dreams are there nonetheless.
For the Mesoraco family, the past month has been one where they have had their opportunity to see all their dreams come true in son Devin‚Äôs call-up to the Major Leagues.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Clean-up continues along Route 119 following a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Big Run woman Thursday morning.
See tomorrow's edition of The Spirit for more.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ¬†One of the first signs of autumn is the return of one of the community‚Äôs most popular events: The Punxsutawney Spirit‚Äôs Appreciation Day. ¬†
Brimming over with talent, food and fun for all ages,¬†The¬†Spirit‚Äôs annual tribute to its readers, advertisers and the community runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the SS.C.D. auditorium.
And due to popular demand after a successful inaugural event last year,¬†Appreciation Day will again be highlighted by its own ‚ÄúPunxsy‚Äôs Got Talent,‚ÄĚ with 10 local talents, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in the SS.C.D. gym.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After nearly six years of waiting, the day has finally arrived for the groundbreaking for the proposed Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on North Findley Street.
John Lacny, ATA communications director, said those who has been involved in this project are pleased that the project is moving forward.
Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said despite the many delays, council members knew the project would get off the ground some day, although some members of the community may have thought otherwise.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During a welcoming reception in his honor Wednesday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club, Terry Appolonia, the new dean at IUP-Punxsutawney, used a much loved past-time ‚ÄĒ football ‚ÄĒ to describe the challenges and goals for himself and his staff at the West End campus.
He read an Aug. 1, 1944, letter from E.L. ‚ÄúCurley‚ÄĚ Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, to Ed McGroaraty, which also contained a one-page contract for him to play for the team.