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January 4th, 2012

NEW COUNCIL

January 5, 2012

Tuesday, Punxsutawney Borough Council reorganized for 2012 and welcomed three new council members (front, from left): Toby Santik, Michele Lorenzo and Eric Story Sr. Incumbent council members are (back, from left) William Spencer; Larry Chenoga, new council president; Mayor James Wehrle; Mike Porada, new council vice-president; and Robert Reesman, who did not run for a seat but was appointed Tuesday to fulfill the unexpired term for former council President Susan Glessner, who resigned her seat in late December. Council’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday. (Photo by Larry McGuire)

Just for Jesus reps deny claims made during Dec. hearing

January 5, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Marianne Snedden and John Robinson, spokespersons for the Just for Jesus Challenge Homeless Outreach Center, said “false accusations,” were presented at a recent public hearing involving the controversial group home.

“We just wanted to let you (the commissioners) know, regarding the Dec. 19 meeting, there were many false accusations brought up at that meeting, and they were very misleading, and we wanted to assure you of that,” Snedden said at last Thursday’s Jefferson County commission meeting.

January 3rd

First baby of 2012 arrives

January 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With their second child actually due this coming Saturday, Jan. 7, Candice Burkett and Anthony Boggs Jr. of Punxsy didn’t think he would be the first baby born in Punxsy in 2012.

But Monday, Candice had a 1 p.m. appointment at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, and then, about six hours later, Gavin Alan Boggs was born — indeed, the first baby born in Punxsy in 2012.

“We asked when we got here, ‘Has there been a New Year’s baby yet?’” Candice said.

Chenoga, Porada will lead new Punxsy council

January 3, 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 3, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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.”

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