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February 6th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Itâs always a plus when students have an administrator who admires their behavior, and thatâs something that the students at Punxsutawney Christian School have going for them.
âIâm amazed by the behavior of the kids,â said Tonya Woodel, who has served as PCSâ new administrator since July 2011, succeeding Jolanda Tibbs. âThey are self-motivated, and they take care of each other.â
That quite a change from her last school, in Lamar, S.C., where the poverty rate ranged from 85 to 90 percent, and the school experienced some gang-related violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Fire Department responded to two emergency calls that were reported at the same time at 3:22 a.m. Saturday.
Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company was the recipient of both calls, a car fire at a residence along Route 310, Young Township, Harmony, and a car that was driven into the Mahoning Creek at the Route 310 and Route 119 intersection.
Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith ordered Elk Run to go to the car fire and Central Fire Department to respond to the car into the creek.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Don't take the 21st Century Learning Initiative and One to One Computing for granted in the Punxsutawney Area School District â especially after seeing how some other, larger school districts don't have the advantage of a technology program like Punxsyâs.
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
Stahle Took the Property
Inner Circle members gaze upon the fireworks display that dazzled the crowd Thursday morning at Gobblerâs Knob just before Punxsy Philâs prognostication. (Photo by Alan Freed)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Opening a restaurant is no easy task, but that didnât stop Lillian Cameron.
And Jan. 31, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her business, Lilyâs Restaurant, Bakery & Deli, by handing out pieces of cake to customers.
âIt took a lot of hard work, dedication,â Cameron said. âIâm happy to be here. I hope Iâm here for 25 more years.â
BIG RUN â 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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Gov. Tom Corbett professed his early spring preferences just prior to Punxsutawney Philâs 126th annual prognostication early Thursday morning at Gobblerâs 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: âAs I look at the crowd of Gobblerâs Knob, many shadows do I see; so six more weeks of winter it must be.â
When asked if he was pleased with Punxsy Philâs prognostication, Corbett replied, âNo. Now weâve got to get PennDOT ready.â
Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog â kindergartners Audrey Johnson, (second from left), age five, and David Kunselman (third from left), age six â 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).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â 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, âYou canât imagine what a treat it is to be in a place where weather is king.â