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July 4th, 2011
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 18, 1896
A Smart Parrot
Senator Mitchell has a parrot of which he is very proud. It is a great talker, and something of a singer, and the Senator tells of its smartness with as much enthusiasm as a fond father relates the cute things said by his two-year-old offspring. The parrot calls the Senator "Jim," and his wife "Cal."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Not even Punxsutawney Phil could have prognosticated the plan for this proposal.
Sarah O'Donnell and Jeff White enjoyed the â€śPhantastic Phils!â€ť â€” especially the one in front of The Punxsutawney Spirit office on Pine Street â€” so much, they returned to Punxsy Friday to track down the remaining eight statues they couldn't find in December.
But Friday, Jeff â€” with help from Spirit staff, Punxsutawney Phil himself and his co-handler, John Griffiths â€” pulled off a larger plan: Propose to Sarah in front of their favorite â€śPhantastic Phil!â€ť at The Spirit office.
PERRY TOWNSHIP â€” A young Amish girl was struck by a car Friday afternoon after she ran out in front of the vehicle along Route 210, Perry Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1996 Honda Accord driven by a female whose name was not available at Spirit press time was traveling south on Route 210 when a four-year-old Amish girl ran out onto the highway and into the path of her vehicle.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just in time for the Fourth of July, the 45th-annual Groundhog Festival kicks off Sunday.
With two entertainment groups coming back for round two, and all-new acts throughout the rest of the week, Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele is anxious for kick-off.
"I do get nervous days before the festival starts," he said. "But I know everyone that helps get this thing up and running does a great job of it. I'm excited to see how things turn out this year."
BROOKVILLE â€” During a Jefferson County Jail Inspection-Intermediate Punishment Board meeting Monday, county Commission Chairman Paul Corbin congratulated the jail staff and Warden Tom Elbel on the results of the jailâ€™s bi-annual inspection.
For the third consecutive time, the Jefferson County jail scored 100 percent on its inspection, which took place June 6.
The State Depart-ment of Corr-ections performs the inspection.
To achieve the perfect rating, the jail had to spend some money on routine maintenance items, such as painting.
Angie Roginela (left), who attends West End Elementary School, and Anna Newman, who attends Mapleview Elementary, display their funky hats during the Punxsy Fire Departmentâ€™s Old Home Week Carnival Thursday night on the grounds near the Punxy Plaza. The carnival continues tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Girls just want to have fun, and thatâ€™s exactly what Mercy Smith of Punxsy did Wednesday at her home during a baby shower for her baby doll, Cinderella.
The Punxsutawney Aglow International group supported Mercy in her request to have a baby shower for her doll by inviting members of the group and their grandchildren.
Aglow International is a group of women, teens, youth and men who meet once a month for worship and monthly speakers. The group focuses on different outreaches such as providing gifts to children on Christmas.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday is considered the best day during the annual Old Home Week Carnival by members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and employees of J&J Amusements, as youngsters and adults from the Arc of Jefferson County Camp Friendship visited for fun and lunch.
Campers from Camp Friendship near Reynoldsville were invited to ride the carnival rides for free, and members of the fire department served campers, parents and counselors a free lunch.
Ranee Sikora, director of the Punxsutawney Camp Friendship, said the campers enjoyed the carnival as much as any day of camp.
A young girlâ€™s recitation of a Biblical passage encourages refugees seeking safety during the Ice Age in Act I of â€śThe Skin of Our Teeth.â€ťÂ The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the final three local performances of Thornton Wilderâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday nights at the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. Pictured are (front, from left) Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Doug Fye, Jef Dinsmore; (back) Terry A. Fye, Sandy Hill-Gearhart, Alexa Valkosky, Mallory Croasman and Alice S. Morris.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget â€” with no tax increase â€” for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesdayâ€™s board meeting.
The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.
The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.