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June 29th, 2011

School board OKs budget with no tax hike

June 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board approved its $38.7 million general fund budget — with no tax increase — for the 2011-12 school year at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The budget was passed 6-0, with board members Lesa Conner, Penny Pierce and Penny Pifer excused from the meeting.

The $38,713,742 will be funded by the $5 per capita school laws section 679; $5 per capita Act 51; one percent Earned Income Tax Act 511; 600 mills Occupational Assessment Tax Act 511; and a one-percent real estate transfer Tax Act 511.

June 28th

Groundhog Club, TruTV settle over ‘Punxsy Polamalu’ ad

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — About 18 months after the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent an ad for TruTV’s new show “NFL Full Contact” from airing during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the case has been settled.

Monday, Groundhog Club Vice-President Mike Johnston said the club, working with the Pittsburgh law firm of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, settled with TruTV and its parent companies, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and Grey Global Group.

Fun at Old Home Week

June 28, 2011

Lisa Styslinger, of Punxsutawney, enjoyed her ride on the flying dragons at Tuesday’s Old Home Week Carnival. The carnival continues tonight at 6 p.m. at the grounds located behind the Punxy Plaza.

A home for all animals at Godot

June 28, 2011

My love for animals has grown tremendously over the past year. Last summer, I spent three months in Washington, D.C., interning at Double R Productions. I had the experience to complete a civil service project while I was there. For this project, I found an animal shelter, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, based out of Washington.

Lucky Dog is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them.

June 27th

New Spirit book offers updated history of Groundhog Day

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — More than six months of planning, day-to-day research and organization has finally come to a fulfilling completion with the recent production of Phil’s 125th Birthday Celebration book, "1886-2011: Groundhog Day, 125 Years" created by The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Annual Old Home Week Celebration starts tonight

June 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — "Someday when I grow up, I'm going to run off and join the carnival," has been a threat said by many children over the years when arguing with their parents.

Some kids actually attempted to follow through with that threat, but there are some children who were born into the carnival lifestyle, such as Tabby Fain of Mayo, Fla., who owns and operates the fried dough and funnel cake stand on the J&J Amusement midway today through Saturday during the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week Celebration.

June 26th

Way Back When

June 27, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 4, 1896

Regional PEER day honors seniors

June 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Pennsylvania's Empowered Expert Residents (PEERs) are honored annually at a statewide event in Harrisburg for their efforts in advocating for their own quality of life in long-term living facilities.
However, because of the travel distance, PEERs from the northwest region of the state convened at the Heritage House Thursday.

Veteran's park vandalized in Big Run

June 27, 2011

BIG RUN — Police are looking for information regarding vandalism that occurred over the weekend at Veteran's Memorial Park in Big Run.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 5:20 p.m. Saturday, someone spray painted graffiti on the playground; removed one of the electrical outlet covers from the pavilion; and damaged a picnic table by removing a wooden plank and breaking it into pieces.

Damage to the park is estimated at $200, with the electrical outlet valued at $10.

Anyone with information should call 938-0510.

June 24th

Music in the Park will resume this summer

June 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Johnny would be proud.

Music in the Park, the summertime series founded by John Serian a number of years ago, will again return to Barclay Square for seven straight Thursdays, a week after the Groundhog Festival concludes.

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