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September 14th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library returned to Punxsutawney Borough Council Monday, seeking a clarification on which sign council approved at the August meeting.
Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, spoke at the Aug. 8 council meeting, noting that there have been numerous complaints from the public about difficulty in locating the libraryâ€™s entrance from the rear parking area and Union Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A preliminary hearing for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges was waived Tuesday, less than a week after she allegedly fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind a district judgeâ€™s office last Thursday.
Judy L. Sprankle, 60, Summit Road, Reynoldsville, and her attorney, Toni Cherry, waived the preliminary hearing, which was scheduled to be heard Tuesday before District Judge Douglas Chambers, behind whose office the incident occurred last Thursday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A preliminary hearing for the former Big Run firefighter who was arrested and charged with setting numerous arson fires that occurred in the Big Run area within the past year was waived Tuesday at District Judge Douglas Chambersâ€™ office in Punxsutawney.
Anthony Overbeck, 18, Big Run, and his attorney, Jefferson County Public Defender John Ingros, were in attendance Tuesday for his scheduled preliminary hearing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Rotary Club received one of four Awards of Commendation presented Sunday during the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Societyâ€™s annual banquet.
And even though the creator of the first piece â€” a replica of the former Punxsutawney Free Library â€” has passed away, the overall project of bringing a sense of Punxsyâ€™s yesteryears to a new generation will not stop.
Devin Mesoraco, a 2007 PAHS grad and a first-round, 15th-overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds, hit the first pitch of the sixth inning into the left field seats for his first career home run against the Chicago Cubs Monday night.
The Cubs downed the Reds 12-8.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society looked back on 2011, lauded the efforts of local students helping the organization through senior projects and saluted four recipients of its Awards of Commendation during its annual banquet Saturday at the Lattimer House.
This yearâ€™s event took on a different turn than previous ones, as PAHS senior Anna Monyak served as the guest speaker, displaying a PowerPoint presentation of her project, which was a film called â€śBut â€¦ Is That It?â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council learned Monday that poles to be used for the traffic light replacement project at the intersection of North Findley and Pine and Torrence streets have been delivered, and the project should be completed within the next two weeks.
Council President Susan Glessner said it would be interesting to see what these poles look like, since they are identical to the ones set for placement as part of the downtown Punxsutawney traffic signal project.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The battle of the band continues.
Monday, Cheryl Hollis and her daughter, Karah, addressed the Punxsutawney Area School Board during the 10-minute public comment portion of its agenda on the issue of why Karah cannot participate in the PAHS Marching Band.
At issue: Is marching band a curricular or an extra-curricular activity? The Hollises claim it is extra-curricular, citing after-school-hours, preparation and rehearsals, while Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe says it is a graded, curricular activity that is part of concert band.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The tragedy of 9/11 was remembered at several Sunday gatherings, both in religious and secular groups alike.
Capt. Dave Rhodes, Salvation Army, Kittaning, was the featured speaker at the memorial service that was held by the Punxsutawney Ministerium Sunday afternoon in Barclay Square.
Bill Deeley (right) helps Punxsutawney Phil drink up his annual swig of groundhog elixir â€” which extends his life for another seven years, according to legend â€” during Saturday's annual Groundhog Picnic & Outing at Groundhog Park in Young Township. Punxsy Phil is shown taking a comfortable seat on the back of his co-handler John Griffiths.