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September 22nd, 2011

Witnesses say shots came from a brown SUV; possibly two wounded

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an alleged shooting that occurred along Cranberry Alley around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police did not offer comments at the scene, but eyewitnesses suggested there were several people standing in the alley near a brown or gold SUV when multiple gunshots were heard and seen.

Witnesses said the shots apparently came from the SUV.

Local fans decked out in red head to see ‘Mez’

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every child has big dreams. Some want to be an astronaut, some want to be president, and others want to be professional athletes.
Likewise, every parent dreams big for their children. They may have different ideas of what they should do one day, but the dreams are there nonetheless.

For the Mesoraco family, the past month has been one where they have had their opportunity to see all their dreams come true in son Devin’s call-up to the Major Leagues.

BREAKING NEWS: One death reported in crash

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Clean-up continues along Route 119 following a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Big Run woman Thursday morning.

See tomorrow's edition of The Spirit for more.

September 21st

‘Punxsy’s Got Talent’ returns for annual Appreciation Day Saturday at SS.C.D.

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of the first signs of autumn is the return of one of the community’s most popular events: The Punxsutawney Spirit’s Appreciation Day.  

Brimming over with talent, food and fun for all ages, The Spirit’s annual tribute to its readers, advertisers and the community runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the SS.C.D. auditorium.

And due to popular demand after a successful inaugural event last year, Appreciation Day will again be highlighted by its own “Punxsy’s Got Talent,” with 10 local talents, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in the SS.C.D. gym.

At last! ATA schedules groundbreaking for proposed terminal

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After nearly six years of waiting, the day has finally arrived for the groundbreaking for the proposed Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on North Findley Street.

John Lacny, ATA communications director, said those who has been involved in this project are pleased that the project is moving forward.

Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said despite the many delays, council members knew the project would get off the ground some day, although some members of the community may have thought otherwise.

Community formally welcomes new IUP-Punxsy dean

September 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a welcoming reception in his honor Wednesday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club, Terry Appolonia, the new dean at IUP-Punxsutawney, used a much loved past-time — football — to describe the challenges and goals for himself and his staff at the West End campus.

He read an Aug. 1, 1944, letter from E.L. “Curley” Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, to Ed McGroaraty, which also contained a one-page contract for him to play for the team.

September 20th

Cecilia McCann gardens low to the ground, close to the earth

September 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s a manner of gardening that works just fine for Cecilia (Wehrle) McCann, but at times, it may alarm passersby.

Given the fact that her eyesight isn’t what it used to be, she gets low to the ground, generally on her knees or lower, for a better look at the flowers she’s tending at her Liberty Street home.

“It’s hard on my legs, so I just get on the ground,” Mrs. McCann — also known as Aunt Deed, a derivative of her childhood nickname, Dee Dee Dumpling — said Tuesday. “I can’t stand up that long, and I can’t see that far anyway.”

Historic West End building set for demolition this week

September 20, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Over the years, there have been many high-profile fires that have heavily damaged or destroyed historic buildings in Punxsutawney, but a fire that destroyed a building Feb. 16 has taken some more of history with it.

This time, it’s a part of Clayville history.

There was the Dec. 24, 1971, fire that destroyed the Jordan Furniture Company, Freelee’s Store and other buildings along East Mahoning and North Jefferson streets, as well as a Nov. 16, 1982, fire on Thanksgiving at the Findley Hotel.

September 19th

Punxsy couple’s Web comic growing after half-million hits

September 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A year ago at this time, Thom and Kambrea Pratt had no idea whether their Web comic, “Shadowbinders,” would be successful.

The couple, who used to color and design characters such as Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for Gemstone’s Disney comics, believe the Internet is the future of comics, so they decided to post “Shadowbinders” on the Web Aug. 27, 2010.

The comic really took off this past January, which they believe is because, in part, they use social networking sites such as Facebook and the marketing site Projectwonderful to spread the word.

PennDOT: Traffic signal project back on track

September 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work resumed Monday on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, with the replacement of the pedestrian curb ramps.
Kirby Starr, project manager for PennDOT, said the $1.1 million project was delayed was due to a switch to a different type of pole, which requires different anchor bolts, and was also subject to approval by PennDOT.

Starr said the traffic light project on North Findley, Pine and Torrence streets is not a part of the downtown Mahoning Street traffic light project.

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