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January 9th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The new SchoolReach notifications system in the Punxsutawney Area School District has worked well in its first attempts to communicate important messages to the public.
District superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe pointed out that thankfully, the district has only had to use the system once so far this year.
(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.)
(January 29, 1896)
THE TELEPHONE COMPANY
An Enterprise Organized in Summerville That Is Branching Out
The PAHS senior class chose Megan Muth (second from left) as the Winter Queen and Taylor Powell (third) as the Winter Princess. They were accompanied by their escorts Adam Murdock (far left) and David Roberts. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
HARRISBURG â€”Â He may be leaving Harrisburg, but outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell said he wonâ€™t forget Punxsutawney.
â€śIâ€™ll always have a sweet spot in my heart for (Punxsutawney) Phil,â€ť he said during a conference call with Pennsylvania newspaper editors Friday. â€śPhil was in my first inaugural parade. It was freezing, 18 degrees, and Phil comes along, being driven in his warm traveling pen.â€ť
DUBOIS â€” A former death row inmate living in a Brockway shelter has been arrested again, and Pennsylvaniaâ€™s parole board says it is looking into alleged parole violations â€” again.
Ernie Simmons, 53, was convicted and sentenced to death for beating and choking 80-year-old Anna Knaze in her Johnstown home in 1992. The conviction was overturned after an appeals court determined prosecutors withheld evidence.
From the man who brought you â€śSquare Root Day,â€ť Ron Gordon is back to promote â€śStory Day,â€ť and the story must begin, â€śOnes Upon a Day.â€ť
Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 â€” 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 â€” 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine â€” and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 â€” 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Sheriffâ€™s office recently concluded a busy year which saw the addition of TASERs to the weapons used by the deputies.
Sheriff Carl Gotwald Sr. said through grants, he was able to purchase TASERs for the deputies to have a more effective means of securing offenders by a less lethal option, â€śby helping to bring the deputies home safely to their families and friends and the offender into custody unharmed.â€ť
TASERs for deputies have deterred hostility because offenders know the outcome.
Chamber board member Jodi Presloid (center, left) and Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock (center, right) held the red ribbon as Kevin Merrow, D.C, (center) owner of Merrow Chiropractic, made the cut Thursday. The communityâ€™s newest chiropractor conducted the ceremonial opening surrounded by his friends and family (from left): Charles H. Merrow, Pat Merrow, Tim Merrow, Lindsay Vite and Andrew Roberts. A 2009 graduate of New York Chiropractic College, Merrow, who was born and raised in Punxsutawney, said he always wanted to open a practice in the area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The PAHS senior class recently chose six senior girls to represent the 2011 Winter Queenâ€™s Court.
This yearâ€™s court includes Tawnee Bowers, Kayla Knox, Megan Muth, Hannah Neal, Sam Osikowicz and Taylor Powell.
The senior girl with the highest number of votes will reign as queen and the senior girl with the second highest number of votes will reign as princess.
The crowning will take place during halftime of Fridayâ€™s varsity basketball game against Brookville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, less than a month shy of the 125th Groundhog Day, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, in partnership with Punxsutawney Philâ€™s Official Souvenirs, will release the 2011 plush Phil.
This year, in celebration of the holidayâ€™s quasquicentennial however, the plush Punxsutawney Phil is accompanied by someone new â€” someone less acclaimed, less acknowledged and perhaps, less appreciated: A plush Punx-sutawney Phyllis.