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February 5th, 2012

Way Back When

February 6, 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
(April 29, 1896)

Stahle Took the Property

February 3rd

GREETINGS FROM GROUNDHOG DAY 2012

February 4, 2012

Inner Circle members gaze upon the fireworks display that dazzled the crowd Thursday morning at Gobbler’s Knob just before Punxsy Phil’s prognostication. (Photo by Alan Freed)

Lily’s celebrates fifth anniversary in business with cake for loyal customers

February 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Opening a restaurant is no easy task, but that didn’t stop Lillian Cameron.

And Jan. 31, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business, Lily’s Restaurant, Bakery & Deli, by handing out pieces of cake to customers.

“It took a lot of hard work, dedication,” Cameron said. “I’m happy to be here. I hope I’m here for 25 more years.”

Boys on break help avert major fire in Big Run

February 4, 2012

BIG RUN — Thanks to a school holiday, some boys tossing the old pigskin around and an alert neighbor helped to avert a major catastrophe when a chimney connected to a wood burner caught the inside wall of a residence on fire at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon on Rear West Main Street, Big Run.

Perry Arrington and Joel Bowers, students in the Punxsutawney Area School District, were preparing to play football with another boy, when they saw the smoke coming from a residence owned by Jeff Pifer, Rear West Main Street, Big Run.

Arrington and Bowers were home Friday because of Groundhog Day.

February 2nd

Sorry, Gov. Corbett, Phil says six more weeks of winter

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Phil’s 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobbler’s Knob, but as history has shown, the Seer of Seer relies on nothing else except his own instinct.

The result, as read by Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston: “As I look at the crowd of Gobbler’s Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be.”

When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Phil’s prognostication, Corbett replied, “No. Now we’ve got to get PennDOT ready.”

LITTLE MR. & MISS GROUNDHOG

February 3, 2012

Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog — kindergartners Audrey Johnson, (second from left), age five, and David Kunselman (third from left), age six — were crowned Thursday at the Punxsy Weather Discovery Center. David, son of Greg and Becky Kunselman, attends Mapleview Elementary, while Audrey, daughter of Chris Johnson and Jeanne Porada, attends the Punxsutawney Christian School. The youngsters were crowned by Punxsy Phil and his co-handlers, John Griffiths (far left) and Ron Ploucha (far right).

New Hall of Fame inductee enjoys Punxsy, ‘where weather is king’

February 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Fred Gadomski, the ninth inductee into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame at the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, said Thursday that he was being honored for a career he simply considers to be fun.

Also, he said, “You can’t imagine what a treat it is to be in a place where weather is king.”

BREAKING NEWS: 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

February 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY -- This morning at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, thus declaring six more weeks of winter. See tomorrow's Spirit for more.

February 1st

2011 WOMAN/MAN OF THE YEAR

February 2, 2012

Katie Laska

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When presented with the 2011 Woman of the Year Award, Katie Laska said she felt very undeserving.

But with her long list of contributions to Punxsy, the place she calls her home, the community would be hard-pressed to find anyone more deserving than she.

Wednesday night at the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2010 Woman of the Year, Charlotte S. Fye, read over Laska’s many accomplishments and the qualities for which she is known.

Corbett: Celebrate your uniqueness

February 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite being born in the Philadelphia area, Gov. Tom Corbett insists he is a western Pennsylvania man by heart who has observed Groundhog Day since he was a child.

“When I was young, we had only three TV stations, and one of them we couldn’t get — not in North Hills,” said Corbett, the second sitting Pennsylvania governor to attend Groundhog Day. “We always hoped for more winter and snow so we could play outside.”

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