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July 1st, 2012

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.

June 28th

Free concert tonight with Ridin’ Shotgun

June 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the first time, the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week Committee will welcome a free concert by country-rock band Ridin’ Shotgun, which will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

The band has been together for five years and performed at various functions throughout the Punxsy area.

According to guitarist Ray “Poke” Long, last year, the group opened for The Clarks at the Dayton Fair, and has performed on the local club scene, at the Reynoldsville Street Fair and the Farmers’ Market in Punxsy.

Thank you from Camp Friendship

June 28, 2012

A large group of happy campers from Camp Friendship, Reynoldsville, are shown at the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week Carnival Wednesday, saying thank you to those who participate in the Run/Walk for Someone Special, which pays for camp every year.

Rotary Recognition

June 28, 2012

Thursday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club gathered at the country club to recognize special award-winners, to welcome incoming officers and thank outgoing officers, and to celebrate its accomplishments over the past few months.

June 27th

Board OKs $38.6M budget

June 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved the 2012-13 general fund budget with no tax increase at Wednesday’s voting meeting.

The board voted 6-1 to approve the $38,650,241 budget, with board President Gary Conrad, Vice-President Francis J. Molinaro and board members Lesa Conner, Jim Baun, Melissa Snyder and Roberta Dinsmore voting yes, and Jack White voting no.

Board members Penny Pifer and Bob Pascuzzo were excused from Wednesday’s meeting.

Firefighters, J&J welcome Arc campers to carnival

June 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were some happy campers at the Punxsutawney’s Fire Department’s Old Home Week carnival grounds Wednesday morning, as a group from Camp Friendship ate food and rode rides at the annual free event.

Every summer during Old Home Week, the fire department and J&J Amusements open the midway up and allow the campers — who range from age six up to 44 years of age — to ride the rides and eat for free, said April Barrick, co-director of Camp Friendship’s Punxsy Camp.

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