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February 8th, 2011
Visitors may have departed until next Groundhog Day, but everyone will continue to be reminded that Punxsutawney remains the Weather Capital of the World, thanks to Punxsy Phil and the post office.
As Groundhog Day arrived this year, so did a new groundhog postmark. In a contest seeking submissions last year, the winner is Sandy Zambory, who submitted two drawings to the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, which were then forwarded to the post office.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â During Tuesdayâs Public Safety meeting, Borough Manager Ben White reminded residents and property owners of an ordinance about clearing sidewalks.
The ordinance says that within 24 hours of a snow event, people are required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks. If the ice is too thick to break, residents and business owners must put something down for traction.
White said Code Enforcement Officer Mary McHenry will be looking for safety hazards throughout winter.
Indiana DPW director: Snow can be âbudget busterâ
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
INDIANA â The Borough of Punxsutawney isn't the only municipality that struggles with downtown snow removal.
The director of Public Works for the Borough of Indiana, Dave Fairman, said the borough typically doesn't remove snow from the downtown district on a regular basis.
Due to a snow emergency last winter, Indiana's eight-man Public Works crew did remove snow from the downtown district with the assistance from sub-contractors and a large snow blower from PennDOT.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP â Both drivers and a passenger were injured following a two-vehicle accident that occurred around 5:41 p.m. on Route 36 just north of Aber Road Monday in Oliver Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, the accident occurred when a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Justin T. August, 22, slid on the snow-covered roadway and crossed over into the southbound lane where it struck head on a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Mickey I. Harris, which was traveling in the southbound lane.
The physical crowd may have appeared a bit smaller for Groundhog Day this year, but millions of people elsewhere logged on to the Groundhog Club's Web site â Groundhog.org â to check out Punxsy Phil and happenings around town.
Jeff Grube, the Inner Circle's "Sky Painter" who monitors the site's activity, said the site has about 900,000 individuals visitors, as well as 2.5 million page views. During only Feb. 1 and 2, the hits numbered 895,000.
"We saw a big increase," he said. "We've seen double about every year on the Web site."
Sharon Schierl, from Menasha, Wis., steps into the shoes â or jersey â of a Steelers player Friday at the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center. She said her son has been a Steelers fan since childhood, and hooked the family on the team. Twenty years ago, Schierl told him that if the Steelers ever played the Packers in the Super Bowl, sheâd take the family to the game â and there they are, in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. (Photo by Alan Freed)
REYNOLDSVILLE â Pete Humphrey, owner of Humphrey TV in Reynoldsville, has been following the Pittsburgh Steelers before the games were on television.
Actually, heâs been following the team before television was invented, and like the rest of Steeler Nation, heâs looking forward to Sunday, when his beloved Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
âI probably saw my first Steelers game in 1949 or 1950, when the Steelers played in the old Pittsburgh Pirates baseball park, Forbes Field, and I also saw them play at Pitt Stadium,â Humphrey said.
FORT WORTH, Texas â The Dallas-Fort Worth area is probably one of the few places on Earth one might find die-hard Steelers fans, but the truth is, the Super Bowl is in town, and fans overtaking Woodyâs Tavern in Fort Worth are treating this like a home game.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As the dawn of the Gov. Tom Corbett administration begins to emerge, state Sen. Joe Scarnati said the atmosphere in Harrisburg is positive.
âWe view it as an opportunity to put in conservative policies to give long-term Pennsy-lvania benefits,â he said Thursday.
But, he added, âThere will be some pain in this budget.â