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January 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.
The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day â today â that tickets for the banquet will be available.
BROOKVILLE â Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar â also known as Wayne Shugar â both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
(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.)
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BROOKVILLE â Look out Thin Mints, a new cookie is vying for the spotlight.
In celebration of their organizationâs 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts across America are going door-to-door today, and every day for the next couple of weeks, trying to sell a new cookie: Savannah Smiles.
The new lemon-wedge cookie, described as âcool and crisp, with just the right amount of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor,â was introduced to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â From now until the snow melts, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library ... or the dogs are going to the library.
Beginning this past Thursday, the library kicked off its âTail Wagginâ Tutorsâ program for children ages six through nine.
During the program, the youngsters not only get to take part in reading and crafts, but also work with Sadie and Sara, the stars of âTail Wagginâ Tutors.â
DUBOIS â Reynoldsville resident Douglas Giles recently received a brand-new 2012 Ford Mustang GT for an extremely discounted rate â $5.
It was a normal day for Giles when he went into Backstreet Beer Distributor, in Reynoldsville, and bought a $5 Mustang instant lottery ticket.
He scratched off the ticket and felt the feeling that anyone who has ever bought a ticket hopes for: The excitement of winning a grand prize.
Giles had the choice between $60,000 and a brand new 2012 Mustang GT. The choice was easy for Giles.
âIâve always wanted a Mustang,â he said.
MOON TOWNSHIP â You can call him THE Rick Weiss â thanks to his wife, Debe â but it might embarrass him a little bit.
Weiss, the man behind hundreds of Punxsutawney Phil cartoons, posters, postcards, banners and the model of the âPhantastic Phil!â statues in town, recalled visiting an art show during the Groundhog Festival a number of years ago, when he and his wife began talking with a person at the show.
âWe introduced ourselves, and my wife said, âHeâs the one who does the groundhog artwork,ââ he recalled. âThe person said, âAre you THE Rick Weiss?â Iâve never lived that down.â
BROOKVILLE â From the time the child abuse allegations against former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky were revealed Nov. 5, prompting his arrest, Jefferson Countyâs director of Children & Youth Services, Brian Mowrey, has seen a spike in the number of reported child abuse cases.
According to Mowrey, in the last two months, there has been an increase in referrals to the office of Children & Youth Services â some of the highest numbers heâs ever seen.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Representatives from PennDOT District 10 presented plans for work on Margiotti Bridge this summer during a public event Thursday at the Mahoning East Civic Complex.
According to John McCombie, senior civil engineer supervisor-transportation for PennDOT, the scope of the project entails retrofitting certain parts of the barriers on the 75-year-old bridge that spans Mahoning Creek, Water Street and part of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Borough residents can expect major changes to be made by Punxsutawney Borough Council during its Feb. 13 meeting.
âMajor changes are about to occur by council that will surprise a lot of people,â council President Larry Chenoga said Monday.
âThis is going to be a great council, and at our next meeting, we are going to make some changes that will surprise a lot of people,â he said. âWeâre going to move forward, and weâre going to move forward in the right direction.