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August 7th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The new traffic light system that began operation this past spring appears to be working all right as the complaints from the public have died off.
"I haven't received any more complaints from the public regarding the new traffic light system in downtown," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager at Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting.
Punxsutawney Police Department Chief Tom Fedigan said he has not received any complaints about the new system after borough officials met with PennDOT officials regarding the system a few weeks ago.
So far, "Hot Dog Days" at Fezell's County Market has been a big success with many people dining at the outdoor fundraiser located in the Groundhog Plaza. The fundraiser to benefit the Punxsutawney Memorial Library will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday. Shown enjoying their lunch of a hot dog, chips and and a drink for $2 are (clockwise): Olivia Wray, Angie Salsgiver, Andre Wray and Chad Wray. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
ROSSITER â€” This is the time of year that there are a lot of camps being held by different church groups and other organizations; however, something new is coming to our area: Blind Camp.
Blind Camp will be hosted by Laurel Lake Retreat & Conference Center Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 24.
Laurel Lake Lodge is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and is located at 76 Lodge Rd., Rossiter, just south of the west entrance to Hemlock Lake on SDA Camp Road.
"Hot Dog Days" at Fezell's County Market will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday to benefit the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. The sponsor of the fundraiser is the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, which has a goal of raising $6,000. A hot dog, chips and a drink can be purchased for $2 all week long, and today is a special day, as the community volunteers will also be selling ice cream, and the used book sale will also take place.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” That special week that everyone who loves hot dogs looks forward to for the whole year has finally arrived. Hot Dog Days, which benefits the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, will start today at Fezellâ€™s County Market.
This is the libraryâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year, with a goal of $6,000 for the event, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
today through Friday in front of County Market, said Kathy Smith, secretary for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Board of Trustees, which sponsors the event.
The winner of the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox or $18,000 in cash Sunday night at the annual SS.C.D. Lawn Festival was Tara Covert of Big Run, (second from left).
Shown is Festival Committee Chairman Frank Hetrick (far left) and Covertâ€™s husband, Patrick Covert (right).
The Coverts decided they would rather have the cash than the car.
(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.)
(August 19, 1896)
ASSAULTED WITH A COKE FORK
Yesterday evening Andrew Nichol, coal and iron police at Adrian, was called to a Hungarian boarding house to suppress a row.
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Saints Cosmas and Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival continues today and Sunday with a variety of events scheduled including the Alumni Social.
Frank Hetrick, chairman of the festival, said the annual Alumni Social is tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in Wienker Auditorium.
All graduates of SS.C.D. High School, including those who finished at Punxsutawney High School; SS.C.D. Grade School ; 8th grade graduates and Saint Adrian graduates are welcome, he said, adding that one must be 21 to attend.
Other events for today:
BELL TOWNSHIP â€” A Big Run teenager suffered only minor injuries when his vehicle drove off of the roadway at 4:35 a.m. Friday Aug. 3 on Cloe Lake Road.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police a 1996 Ford Mustang driven by Justin L. Hasty, 19, Big Run, was traveling north on Cloe Lake Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway while traveling at a high rate of speed.
Police said Hasty lost control, which caused his vehicle to travel off the east side of the road and strike a large tree with the left side.
The history of Groundhog Day runs rich in one concept: Fellowship. The origin of the tradition is rooted in a group of men spending a day together on a hunt, and in many ways, the Groundhog Picnic has always been a similar event: Rooted in fellowship and a stag event.
Similar to any tradition, though, evaluation and change are always a good thing, and change is coming to this year's Phil Phest, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Gobblers Knob.