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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle members wonâ€™t be the only ones dressed to the nines.
Years after a non-Groundhog Day related charity ball had run its course, the Inner Circle will host the first-ever Groundhog Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 â€” just days before Groundhog Day â€” at the Punxsutawney Country Club (See the accompanying box for more).
The evening will include hors dâ€™oeuvres, a cash bar, music by Rudy & The Professionals and, of course, an appearance by Punxsutawney Phil.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just as the weather is beginning to turn frightful comes the news that PennDOT District 10 Jefferson County Maintenance is ready for Mother Natureâ€™s worst, with salt and anti-skid and snow plows.
The annual PennDOT plow inspection in last month went very well, said Paul Koza Jr., P.E., county maintenance manager.
Everything is ready to go, except for a few trucks that are receiving routine maintenance, Koza said.
All trucks are stationed at the county stockpile locations in Punxsutawney, Brookville, Emerickville, Brockway and Ringgold.
Itâ€™s the battle of titans the world has awaited for more than 100 years, beginning this winter and ending this coming spring.
In this corner, Punxsutawney Phil; in the opposite corner, science.
But Punxsutawney Area Middle School students taking part in a program to track the growth of tulips in various parts of the world â€” and taking into consideration the onset of spring â€” believe their hometown hero will emerge victorious.
â€śThey think they will be right along with Philâ€ť and his Feb. 2 prognostication, whatever it may be, said PAMS fifth-grade teacher Jeff Kuntz.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Itâ€™s a chance to take a breather from shopping, to find some new ideas for holiday decorating, or a way to see how other local residents embrace and perpetuate their own Christmas traditions.
Thatâ€™s what the annual Holly Tour is all about, and it runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at six different locations in the Punxsy area (see the accompanying box on Page 3).
The tour, which is at least 20 years old, was first established by the former Young Womenâ€™s Club, of which Katie Laska, who owns Laskaâ€™s Pizza and Caterinaâ€™s Dolce Cucina, was a member.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board welcomed its newly elected members at Wednesdayâ€™s reorganization meeting and re-elected its sitting president.
District Judge Douglas Chambers swore in new board members Melissa Snyder and Jim Baun, as well as incumbents Jack White and Penny Muth Pifer.
During the boardâ€™s annual reorganizational meeting, Lesa Conner nominated and then made a motion to re-elect current school board president Gary Conrad. Pifer seconded her motion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Margiotti Bridge â€” and those who travel it â€” will again see maintenance by PennDOT crews this coming summer.
PennDOT District 10 has scheduled rehabilitation for the bridge during the upcoming summer driving season, said Borough Manager Ben White, during Tuesdayâ€™s Public Works Committee meeting.
White said PennDOT has scheduled the bridge construction for next summer with a detour for northbound traffic to travel down Indiana Hill; southbound traffic reduced to one lane of the bridge; and pedestrian traffic being maintained.
INDIANA â€” Both the Indiana County Aging Services Inc. and state Rep. Sam Smith are warning local seniors about a scam in which some people are being led to believe they must pay to file a claim that in fact is free of charge.
â€śEach year, thousands of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s senior citizens benefit from the rebates they receive through the stateâ€™s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,â€ť Smith said in a statement.
He reminds area seniors through his 66th District â€” which includes Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties â€” that it is not necessary to pay a private entity to fill out an application.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A pedestrian who was accidentally struck by a vehicle at 5 p.m. Tuesday while walking through the Groundhog Plaza parking lot was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
According to Punxsy Borough Police, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up driven by Gregory Forrest, 20, Punxsutawney, accidentally struck Amy Trithart, 36, Reynoldsville, while she was walking through the parking lot.
Police said that Trithart was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital by Jefferson County EMS for treatment of unknown injuries.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rachelle Bray knew the odds were rare.
But she wasnâ€™t sure how rare â€” not until she received a phone call in June, and the voice on the other line said she was a match.
There is only a one in 20,000 chance that someone could be an unrelated, compatible bone marrow donor, according to the American Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
And Bray was that one.
â€śEverybody is unique,â€ť Bray, who is a cardiopulmonary technologist for the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, said. â€śTo find two people, and their blood is that similar, itâ€™s exciting.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Work continues on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, but the new traffic signals will not be placed into service until the beginning of March.
Motorists who travel through downtown Punxsutawney will notice that the new traffic light poles and mast arms are being installed throughout Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney by Power Contracting, Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector, said.