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January 19th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Today will conclude the submissions for this yearâs Lilâ Mr. and Miss Groundhog. However, today is not too late to register.
To be nominated, the child must be a kindergarten student in the Punxsutawney Area School District, SS.C.D. or the Punxsutawney Christian School. Pictures of the child may be sent to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center or dropped off during business hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz., shocked many people around the world and caused other public officials to possibly be more cautious when they make public appearances.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, who served in the House in Washington with Giffords, said he wonât allow that incident to stop him from meeting constituents.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âThereâs bad news and good news for basic and standard Comcast cable customers today.
The bad news is, if you did not upgrade to digital cable already, you may have awoke this morning to find that half of your channels disappeared overnight.
The good news is, itâs easy to get them back with a digital upgrade.
Bob Grove, public relations and community affairs director for Comcast Cable Keystone Region, said Comcastâs digital upgrade, âA World of More,â has come to fruition.
Tom Corbett (right) is sworn in as Pennsylvaniaâs 46th governor as his wife, Susan, looks on Tuesday in Harrisburg. (Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Media Service)
REYNOLDSVILLE â After Feb. 4, Ralph August will no longer be a member of the Reynoldsville police department.
It will be the first time in 39 years that he will not be on the force.
August, known as âTuckerâ to most people, is set to retire. He has been the police chief since 1987, and an officer in the borough since 1972. During the past four decades, August has, in most respects, been living out his dream.
His parents owned a restaurant in town. They retired to Florida, anticipating young Tucker to take over the family business.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Fire Department had a very busy 2010 as firefighters responded to 183 calls. Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense reported to Punxsutawney Borough Council at a recent meeting that firefighters responded to 20 structure fires in 2010.
âThe two biggest fires in 2010 were the house fire Nov. 2 on Graffius Avenue, and the New Anchor Inn fire Nov. 8 on Route 310,â Hense said, adding that weather was not very good while firefighters battled the blaze at the historic restaurant.
(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)
No Joke After All
PUNXSUTAWNEY â When A.J. Dereume received a phone call from Inner Circle President Bill Deeley one day this past April, he thought he was offering him ice cream.
âThe way that it happened, I was at my house, and Bill Deeley called and asked what size top hat I would like to have,â Dereume said Thursday. âI thought he was at Joeâs Drive-In and was picking up ice cream. I said, âThey only have one size.ââ
As it turns out, Deeley was asking Dereume if he wanted more than just a spring-time treat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Emergency Management Agency committee continues to make headway in its effort to reorganize the often-ignored borough department.
Agency Coordinator Charlie Hoeh recently told Punxsutawney Borough Council about the progress that the committee has made in the last few months.
âWeâve been meeting once a month as suggested by borough council, and weâre in the process of obtaining all of the emergency plans for all of the high rises and nursing homes in town,â he said.
INDIANA â The Wildcat Regiment Band of Indiana County will participate in the inauguration of Gov.-elect Tom Corbett Tuesday, providing music for the ceremony to be held on the front steps of the state capitol.
The band is a re-creation of the regimental band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, the Wildcat Regiment, formed in 1861 with volunteers from Indiana and surrounding counties, the area known as the Wildcat legislative district.