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January 3rd, 2012

Chenoga, Porada will lead new Punxsy council

January 4, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A new Punxsutawney Borough Council began its new year, as three newly-elected members were sworn into office by Mayor James Wehrle at Monday’s reorganization meeting.

New members Michele Lorenzo, Toby Santik and Eric Story took the oath, conducted by Wehrle, who chaired the meeting until a new president was elected.

On a motion by Mike Porada, Larry Chenoga was elected president unanimously with a 6-0 vote. The recent resignation of former council President Susan Glessner created a vacant seat, thus the 6-0 vote.

County officials take oaths of office

January 4, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The swearing-in ceremony for Jefferson County elected officials took place Tuesday in the large room of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Bob Sisk, Tipstaff, opened court, and chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Elections Jim “Moon” VanSteenberg introduced the Honorable John B. Leete, the senior judge of Potter County, who administered the oath of office to the Honorable John Henry Foradora.

January 2nd

From Pittsburgh to China, one Punxsy native travels the globe for education

January 3, 2012

PITTSBURGH — Punxsy Phil is known world-wide as the famous weather-forecasting groundhog; however, there is another Punxsutawney native who is almost as well known — at least in China.

When he was growing up in Punxsy, little did Dr. Bill Barone, president of ChinaLinks Educational Consultants LLC in Pittsburgh, realize he would be spending time on a regular basis overseas in China.

Way Back When

January 3, 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 22, 1896)

Clayville School Commencement
The first annual commencement of the Clayville public school will be held in the Welsh Baptist Church, Friday evening April 24th at 8 o'clock.

December 30th, 2011

Year in Review, October through December

December 31, 2011

OCTOBER
Oct. 1
• After nearly seven years of planning, the Area Transportation Authority broke ground and started its 140-day construction schedule. A ceremony was held to kick off construction of ATA’s Punxsutawney Transit Center.

Oct. 2
• Fox’s Pizza Den’s “Pizza & Prevention” fund-raiser beat its previous year’s record with more than $31,000 raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
With help from members of the fire department, Fox’s Pizza Den sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas, a 12-percent increase from 3,072 pizzas in 2010.

Oct. 3

In time for 2012: The Brew is back

December 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Did you miss Groundhog Brew this year? Well, in the waning days of 2011 and the early days of 2012, it’s back.

This week, the Straub Brewing Company of St. Marys introduced its 2011 batch of Groundhog Brew, the brewery’s amber lager, as opposed to the light beer.

Occupy Wall St. inspires new book

December 31, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Phil Mennitti never thought he’d write a book, but all it took was a bit of inspiration.

Motivated by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Mennitti, who works for the Punxsutawney Area School District, wrote “A Commoner’s Guide to Defeating the Aristocracy,” a book about Wall Street’s influence on the government and how its influence has destroyed the highest standard of living in the world.

“I was kind of inspired (by the OWS Movement) because I saw that everybody else felt the way I did,” he said. “And it didn’t die off. It kept growing — day after day.”

December 29th

2011 Year in Review, July though September

December 30, 2011

JULY
June 30
• Close enough — Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new state budget, reaching his goal of enacting a 2011-12 spending plan before the new fiscal year began — by 15 minutes. It was the first time a state budget had been passed on time in eight years, those eight during the administration of former Gov. Ed Rendell.

July 2
• With the help of Punxsy Phil, his co-handler John Griffiths and a fake front page, Jeff White proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah O’Donnell, both of Pittsburgh, in front of The Spirit’s “Phantastic Phil!” And she said yes.

July 5

TRUANCE CHAMPS

December 30, 2011

The Punxsy boys’ basketball team overcame a late Clarion lead to win the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic, 53-52, Thursday in Punxsutawney. Pictured here is the entire team with the championship trophy.

December 28th

YEAR IN REVIEW: APRIL • MAY • JUNE

December 29, 2011

APRIL
April 5
• Director Christopher Nolan announced that parts of the next Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” would be filmed in Pittsburgh.

April 10
• Participants and supporters raised more than $45,000 for Camp Friendship and the ARC of Jefferson County during the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville.

April 11
• Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the borough’s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who resigned and moved to California.
Morris had served as the borough’s solicitor since 1999.

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