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June 15th, 2011

Fla. man returns long-lost class ring to Punxsy grad

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tom Poore was convinced that the 1944 Punxsutawney High School class ring that his father found near West Palm Beach, Fla., in the early 1970s belonged to Blair Richards.

The only person who wasn’t convinced that the ring was his, was Blair Richards.

“I thought it was a scam,” Richards said Wednesday evening, just a few hours after Poore drove all the way from Roseland, Fla., to return the ring to him. “He called me a year ago, and I didn’t believe him.”

Council leaning toward three-month option on Sawmill bridge project

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council discussed the proposed Sawmill Run bridge replacement Monday, with a consensus that closing areas of West Mahoning Street completely for three months was a better option than dealing with 10 temporary traffic signals for nine months.

Public Works Chairman Roger Steele said the bridge replacement will take place during the 2012 construction season.

With new spaces for youngsters, library kicks off summer reading event

June 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With a newly-renovated children’s section, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to begin its summer reading program this week.

Through the efforts of Director Coral Ellshoff, new furniture has replaced disintegrating items that had been used in the library since the early 1970s.

“The older furniture was original to the library when it was built in 1974,” she said. “It had served us really well, but it had started to show its age because this is a really well-used area of the library.”

June 14th

Big Run honors Flag Day

June 15, 2011

BIG RUN — Those who attended the Big Run VFW Post 9044 Flag Day program Tuesday learned that patriotism has no age requirement.

Group, police still seeking info about vandalism to trail gates

June 15, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — Vandals struck a remote portion of the Mahoning Shadow Trail recently, as someone drove a truck into the gates of the trail located between Bair Road and Elbell Road, Bell Township.

Two of the trail’s directors, Howard Glessner and Bob Anibaldi, said the group that maintains the trail, the Rails-to-Trails Association, is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those who are responsible for the damage.

DAR salutes Community Service Award recipient and Punxsy Spirit

June 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It’s a two-award year for Thomas R. Chelgren.

Just four months after he was named Punxsy’s 2010 Man of the Year during the annual Groundhog Eve banquet Feb. 1, the Punxsutawney chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution named him the recipient of its Community Service Award during its annual Flag Day Dinner Tuesday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.

The chapter also saluted The Punxsutawney Spirit and Editor Tom Chapin with its first-ever Certificate of Appreciation for the newspaper’s continued coverage and support of the chapter.

June 13th

Movement on ATA site?

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council announced news that everyone has been waiting to hear for the last six years: That the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal in Punxsutawney is ready to move ahead with construction within the next few weeks.

Monday, council President Susan Glessner said it has been six years since the project first began, which involved the demolition of a group of buildings along North Findley Street.

Military group salutes district for service to Guard, Reserve members

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney school board member and administrator recently learned that while public education business and issues may be challenges, that’s also the case for those who work, raise families and serve their countries in the National Guard or Reserve.

Canopy’s up; summer must be on its way to Punxsy

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summer’s festivities.

“We all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,” Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. “They provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.”

Peace Blooms on Plantation Bed & Breakfast

June 13, 2011

Plantation B&B is June’s “Garden of the Month”

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The winner of the June "Garden of the Month" is Julie Branken's Plantation Bed & Breakfast along Route 119, just south of Punxsutawney.
"I love the plants, but I never research, or I'm (not) one of those people who go and learn about what flower goes where," she said. "I just do what I feel."
Arriving from South Africa more than 13 years ago, Branken moved into where the plantation is now and started to "fix the place up."

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