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July 20th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If youâ€™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, Patsyâ€™s Park, the Thomas Barletta Skate Park and the Carter Avenue (Chris Mills) Playground.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The balmy, humid temperatures as of late have taken tolls on all things connected to nature, causing the regionâ€™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 â€” including taking an hour each evening to water, due to the lack of rain â€”Â has earned them the title of â€śGarden of the Monthâ€ť for July from the Punxsutawney Garden Club.
â€śWe were horrified,â€ť since the weather had been so cruel, Zamperini joked.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Groundhog Day is still a few months away, but Gobblerâ€™s Knob â€” Punxsutawney Philâ€™s home away from his burrow at the library â€” will be busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during the first-ever Gobblerâ€™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 thatâ€™s not possible, vendors or residents may come to the knob at 8 a.m. Saturday to do so.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Lions Club honored several of its members at a recent dinner.
The club is 67 years old, founded Jan. 4, 1945, and is still going strong at Camp Little Leo in Bell Township, said President Mike Ruffner.
Joe Molitierno, first vice-president and past governor, said Lions Club International has been around since 1917.
The 59-member Punxsy club is the only one in the area that meets year-round, while most of the other clubs take the summer off, Ruffner said. Secretary Denny Rebuck said membership is by invitation only from a current club member.
Itâ€™s a good thing for that canopy ... When the rain crept into Barclay Square Thursday evening, guests pulled their chairs close to the stage to dodge the drops, while others had umbrellas on hand. Nevertheless, the rain did not chase the second installment of Music in the Park indoors, as the featured band, Ridinâ€™ Shotgun, kept the crowd entertained despite the elements.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is investigating a fire that heavily damaged the second floor of a Ridge Avenue home at 6:34 a.m. Wednesday.
The three-story house is owned by Eugene McCorle, and had heavy smoke showing from the second floor when firefighters arrived on scene, said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Smith said the house was rented by Phil and Nicole Morrow, two adults and three children, and there were family members at home when the fire broke out.
HARRISBURG â€” A long-time trooper and Punxsutawney native has been promoted among the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Monday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan reported the promotion of Bernard J. Petrovsky, of Indiana, to captain.
Petrovsky has now been assigned to serve as commanding officer of Troop C, Punxsutawney.
Petr-ovsky, 52, most recently served as the criminal investigation section comm-ander for Troop C.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A new Punxsutawney-based publishing company, Unknown Authors LLC, will host its first-ever book launching event to honor one of its own, Dee Lyle, on the first printing of her childrenâ€™s book, â€śRunning With Miles.â€ť
The book launching will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Walston Club, where state Rep. Sam Smith will honor Lyle on her noteworthy accomplishment.
BIG RUN â€” A change in state law regarding small games of chance and gun raffles was discussed at Mondayâ€™s Big Run Borough Council meeting.
Every organization that fund-raises must have a small games of chance license, said Scott Bowers, deputy chief, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company.
â€śOur fire company has held a license since it first began,â€ť he said, and that as part of the new regulations, all funds raised must be deposited into a separate account.
Karla Strawser (left) and Lesa Walker take part in the Survivorsâ€™ Lap Saturday as part of this yearâ€™s successful Relay for Life, during which 27 registered teams raised $87,383 for the American Cancer Society.