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November 3rd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Yes, The Punxsutawney Spirit is a small-town American newspaper, and yes, unlike some other newspapers in small-town America, it prints its product for readers and business clients daily.
And in today‚Äôs edition ‚ÄĒ oddly enough ‚ÄĒ The Spirit‚Äôs main story is itself, as Thursday, it was named the recipient of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs 2011 Business of the Year Award.
BROOKVILLE ‚ÄĒ The future of a $4 million business park for Jefferson County is more in reach than ever before.
The Jefferson County Development Council was recently awarded a $2 million state grant to oversee the construction of infrastructure needed for the development of a new business park.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a really good economic development project for the county, Kristin Hullihen, planning director for the Department of Development, said.
Hullihen‚Äôs office has been working on obtaining the needed funds for this project since Gov. Ed Rendell was in office.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs that time of year again. The early-bird senior projects were held Thursday at Punxsutawney Area High School for seniors who chose to take care of the required graduation projects in hopes of possibly providing a little more breathing room during the spring semester.
These are just a few of the projects presented to parents, advisors, mentors, faculty and the community Thursday night:
‚ÄĘ Kayla Cameron‚Äôs senior project was a Vacation Bible School held at the Valier United Methodist Church over the summer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Sure, Punxsy is mere days removed from Halloween, but the music and movement of Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet‚Äôs production of ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ might make one feel otherwise.
Based on the original story by Ed Zatsick with original choreography by Joan E. Van Dyke and Denny Sovich, ‚ÄúDracula‚ÄĚ is scheduled for one performance Friday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center‚Äôs Jackson Theater. See the accompanying box for details.
The Punxsy boys‚Äô soccer team had to wait a year to do it, but the Chucks avenged a 2-1 double-overtime loss in last year‚Äôs District IX championship game with a 2-1 overtime win to clinch the 2011 D-IX title Wednesday night in Brockway. Pictured here are the Chucks players, coaches and trainers posing with their championship plaques. For more, click on Sports.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After getting a late start with planning, the Home for the Holidays parade will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in downtown Punxsutawney.
The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce encourages those groups, organizations, individuals and businesses that wish to be in the parade to get their registration in as quickly as possible.
Entry information and forms are available for download online at Punxsutawney.com or by calling the Chamber at 814-938-7700, ext. 2. Entry forms are requested to be completed and turned in by Nov. 18.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Almost two years after he was fired as a police officer by Punxsutawney Borough Council, Brian Andrekovich is again seeking to get his job back.
The lawsuit filed Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Penn-sylvania by attorney Susan E. Mahood of Pitts-burgh names council President Susan Glessner and Vice-President Donna Lellock, as well as council members Larry Chenoga, Mike Porada, Bob Reesman, Bill Spencer and Roger Steele as defendants, as well as Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ if you have a child who will attend kindergarten in the next school year, then you and your child are invited to attend ‚ÄúGet Ready for Kindergarten‚ÄĚ Thursday at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
The program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the PAMS cafeteria for parents of students who will attend kindergarten in the Punxsutawney Area School District next fall, said Shari Weber, elementary principal.
Weber said parents will go to various centers dealing with a variety of subjects, such as math, language arts, fine motor skills and large motor skills.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The driver of a box truck hauling petroleum products lost control at approximately 2:35 p.m. Monday while traveling north on Indiana Hill (Route 119) and crashed into the guardrail on the bridge, which caused the truck to flip over and land on the Mahoning Shadow Trail below.
According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, the truck was driven by Gerald Luchini, Weedville, for Windward Petroleum of Ridgway and was carrying barrels filled with oil and antifreeze, which spilled into a small stream that flows into the Mahoning Creek.
MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP ‚ÄĒ A McCalmont Township man lost his life Sunday in a fire that spread quickly and severely damaged his home at 3498 Graffius Avenue Extension.
Harry L. Hibbard, 70, McCalmont Township, was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.
Snyder said Hibbard died due to smoke inhalation.
According to McCalmont Township Fire Chief Orrie Manners, the home was fully involved when he arrived on scene, and there had been a fatality.
The man was unable to escape the flames, and firefighters were unable to reach him in time.