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January 2nd, 2012
PITTSBURGH â€” Punxsy Phil is known world-wide as the famous weather-forecasting groundhog; however, there is another Punxsutawney native who is almost as well known â€”Â 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.
(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.)
(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
â€˘ 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 ATAâ€™s Punxsutawney Transit Center.
â€˘ Foxâ€™s Pizza Denâ€™s â€śPizza & Preventionâ€ť fund-raiser beat its previous yearâ€™s record with more than $31,000 raised for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
With help from members of the fire department, Foxâ€™s Pizza Den sold 3,444 Big Daddy Pizzas, a 12-percent increase from 3,072 pizzas in 2010.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Did you miss Groundhog Brew this year? Well, in the waning days of 2011 and the early days of 2012, itâ€™s back.
This week, the Straub Brewing Company of St. Marys introduced its 2011 batch of Groundhog Brew, the breweryâ€™s amber lager, as opposed to the light beer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Phil Mennitti never thought heâ€™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 â€śA Commonerâ€™s Guide to Defeating the Aristocracy,â€ť a book about Wall Streetâ€™s influence on the government and how its influence has destroyed the highest standard of living in the world.
â€śI was kind of inspired (by the OWS Movement) because I saw that everybody else felt the way I did,â€ť he said. â€śAnd it didnâ€™t die off. It kept growing â€” day after day.â€ť
â€˘ Close enough â€” Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new state budget, reaching his goal of enacting a 2011-12 spending plan before the new fiscal year began â€” by 15 minutes. It was the first time a state budget had been passed on time in eight years, those eight during the administration of former Gov. Ed Rendell.
â€˘ With the help of Punxsy Phil, his co-handler John Griffiths and a fake front page, Jeff White proposed to his girlfriend, Sarah Oâ€™Donnell, both of Pittsburgh, in front of The Spiritâ€™s â€śPhantastic Phil!â€ť And she said yes.
The Punxsy boysâ€™ basketball team overcame a late Clarion lead to win the 17th-annual Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic, 53-52, Thursday in Punxsutawney. Pictured here is the entire team with the championship trophy.
â€˘ Director Christopher Nolan announced that parts of the next Batman film, â€śThe Dark Knight Rises,â€ť would be filmed in Pittsburgh.
â€˘ Participants and supporters raised more than $45,000 for Camp Friendship and the ARC of Jefferson County during the 32nd annual Run/Walk for Someone Special in Sykesville.
â€˘ Punxsutawney Borough Council approved hiring attorney Jay Lundy as the boroughâ€™s new solicitor to succeed Timothy Morris, who resigned and moved to California.
Morris had served as the boroughâ€™s solicitor since 1999.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted the sponsors and winners in its fifth annual Circle of Trees event, following a year which will be hard to top, according to the event chairman.
The winners in this yearâ€™s Circle of Trees were the Punxsy Garden Club, named Best Overall, with a $600 prize; Friends of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Best Day Appearing; and the Punxsy Career Womenâ€™s Club, Best Nighttime Appearing, both with $400 prizes.
FALLS CREEK â€” A commuter aircraft that had taken off from the DuBois-Jefferson County Airport landed safely minutes after take-off due to a mechanical issue Wednesday.
The plane â€” carrying 10 passengers total, according to Falls Creek VFD Chief Mark Miller â€” had just taken off, but around 2:38 p.m., the crew radioed the tower in order to make an emergency landing.
â€śThey were showing some icing on the rear side of the wings,â€ť Miller said, adding that the flight return to DuBois was a precautionary measure.