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July 25th, 2012

Barclay Square ready for annual Church in the Park event

July 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY —If you think that summer is going by too quickly, here's proof, as the sixth annual Church in the Park services will be held this weekend in Barclay Square under the sponsorship of Punxsutawney area churches.

"Six years ago, Church in the Park was began by Pastor Greg Tibbs and the First Church of God in Punxsy, which joined together with Pastor Jim Pond and the First United Methodist Church in Punxsy for the second year," said Pastor Al Kimmel, of Crosstown Ministries, who is also serving as coordinator for the event.

SLIP SLIDIN’

July 25, 2012

Alex Gianvito, Punxsutawney, is shown "slip slidin' away" Wednesday at the George C. Brown Community Pool located on Cypress Street.

The pool has been the hot spot to be this summer for keeping cool and additional fun activities.

Today, the pool is presenting Karaoke Day, and Saturday has been designated as Christmas in July.

July 24th

Commissioners schooled on area injection well sites

July 24, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Jefferson County Commissioners Paul Corbin and Jeff Pisarcik took in some detailed information regarding injection wells in the local area at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meeting they attended Monday.

The commissioners spoke about the EPA meeting during Tuesday's commission meeting in Brookville.

Both described the meeting as "very informative." Corbin specifically mentioned being surprised to learn that injection wells have existed in the area as far back as the 1960s.

Just out for a ride

July 24, 2012

Emmet (left) and Eamon Jamison pause to flash a thumbs up and a smile to the camera while riding their bikes on the ramps at the Thomas Barletta Skate Park located on Elk Street in the East End of Punxsy.

July 23rd

Playing around at the park

July 23, 2012

Emma Vance, Punxsutawney, is shown looking through the spyglass in the older kids’ playground at Harmon Field.

July 22nd

Way Back When

July 22, 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
(August 12, 1896)

BEATEN AND ROBBED
A Very Queer Proceeding on the Part of Two Hungarians

Business celebrates 1st anniversary of providing natural gas as vehicle fuel

July 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A local company celebrated its first anniversary of providing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to the Punxsutawney area this past week with a reception at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

July 4, 2011, "O" Ring CNG Fuel Systems L.P. declared fuel energy independence for itself and a fleet of 16 vehicles, said owner Robert H. Beatty, Jr.

July 20th

Stay & play: Parks offer destinations close to home

July 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you’re looking for a location to hold your summer family picnic close to home instead of driving a long distance, did you ever think about holding your event at one of the parks operated by the Borough of Punxsutawney?

There are five parks that may be reserved free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, said Mary Neal, borough secretary.

The parks that are operated by the borough are Barclay Square, Harmon Field, Patsy’s Park, the Thomas Barletta Skate Park and the Carter Avenue (Chris Mills) Playground.

Humid weather fails to take luster from July Garden

July 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The balmy, humid temperatures as of late have taken tolls on all things connected to nature, causing the region’s gardeners to take extra care in watering their work.

It was during this period of time that Michele Lorenzo and Jan Zamperini learned that their work — including taking an hour each evening to water, due to the lack of rain — has earned them the title of “Garden of the Month” for July from the Punxsutawney Garden Club.

“We were horrified,” since the weather had been so cruel, Zamperini joked.

July 19th

First-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale set for Saturday

July 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Groundhog Day is still a few months away, but Gobbler’s Knob — Punxsutawney Phil’s home away from his burrow at the library — will be busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during the first-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale.

Katie Donald, the executive director of the Groundhog Club, said anyone and everyone is invited to sell items, provided that they stop at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and sign up.

If that’s not possible, vendors or residents may come to the knob at 8 a.m. Saturday to do so.

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