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September 22nd, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Clean-up continues along Route 119 following a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Big Run woman Thursday morning.
See tomorrow's edition of The Spirit for more.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ¬†One of the first signs of autumn is the return of one of the community‚Äôs most popular events: The Punxsutawney Spirit‚Äôs Appreciation Day. ¬†
Brimming over with talent, food and fun for all ages,¬†The¬†Spirit‚Äôs annual tribute to its readers, advertisers and the community runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the SS.C.D. auditorium.
And due to popular demand after a successful inaugural event last year,¬†Appreciation Day will again be highlighted by its own ‚ÄúPunxsy‚Äôs Got Talent,‚ÄĚ with 10 local talents, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in the SS.C.D. gym.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ After nearly six years of waiting, the day has finally arrived for the groundbreaking for the proposed Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on North Findley Street.
John Lacny, ATA communications director, said those who has been involved in this project are pleased that the project is moving forward.
Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said despite the many delays, council members knew the project would get off the ground some day, although some members of the community may have thought otherwise.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ During a welcoming reception in his honor Wednesday night at the Punxsutawney Country Club, Terry Appolonia, the new dean at IUP-Punxsutawney, used a much loved past-time ‚ÄĒ football ‚ÄĒ to describe the challenges and goals for himself and his staff at the West End campus.
He read an Aug. 1, 1944, letter from E.L. ‚ÄúCurley‚ÄĚ Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, to Ed McGroaraty, which also contained a one-page contract for him to play for the team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ¬†It‚Äôs a manner of gardening that works just fine for Cecilia (Wehrle) McCann, but at times, it may alarm passersby.
Given the fact that her eyesight isn‚Äôt what it used to be, she gets low to the ground, generally on her knees or lower, for a better look at the flowers she‚Äôs tending at her Liberty Street home.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard on my legs, so I just get on the ground,‚ÄĚ Mrs. McCann ‚ÄĒ also known as Aunt Deed, a derivative of her childhood nickname, Dee Dee Dumpling ‚ÄĒ said Tuesday. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt stand up that long, and I can‚Äôt see that far anyway.‚ÄĚ
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Over the years, there have been many high-profile fires that have heavily damaged or destroyed historic buildings in Punxsutawney, but a fire that destroyed a building Feb. 16 has taken some more of history with it.
This time, it‚Äôs a part of Clayville history.
There was the Dec. 24, 1971, fire that destroyed the Jordan Furniture Company, Freelee‚Äôs Store and other buildings along East Mahoning and North Jefferson streets, as well as a Nov. 16, 1982, fire on Thanksgiving at the Findley Hotel.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ A year ago at this time, Thom and Kambrea Pratt had no idea whether their Web comic, ‚ÄúShadowbinders,‚ÄĚ would be successful.
The couple, who used to color and design characters such as Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for Gemstone‚Äôs Disney comics, believe the Internet is the future of comics, so they decided to post ‚ÄúShadowbinders‚ÄĚ on the Web Aug. 27, 2010.
The comic really took off this past January, which they believe is because, in part, they use social networking sites such as Facebook and the marketing site Projectwonderful to spread the word.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ Work resumed Monday on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, with the replacement of the pedestrian curb ramps.
Kirby Starr, project manager for PennDOT, said the $1.1 million project was delayed was due to a switch to a different type of pole, which requires different anchor bolts, and was also subject to approval by PennDOT.
Starr said the traffic light project on North Findley, Pine and Torrence streets is not a part of the downtown Mahoning Street traffic light project.
BIG RUN ‚ÄĒ Monday, Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh provided information to borough council about hiring a part-time police officer to help slow down speeding vehicles in the borough.
Buterbaugh said at Monday‚Äôs council meeting that he learned from Sykesville Borough Council that it was in the process of hiring another part-time police officer and has a police cruiser for sale. He also spoke with Sykesville Council members about the possibility of hiring one of its officers to patrol in Big Run.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) would like to encourage everyone to stand up and cheer during the celebration of Constitution Week, but to also take time to learn more about this very important document.
Friday, Mayor James Wehrle proclaimed Constitution Week in Punxsy, a commemoration ‚ÄĒ that is also one of this country‚Äôs least known official observances ‚ÄĒ of one of America‚Äôs most important documents.