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June 30th, 2011

Funky carnival hats

June 30, 2011

Angie Roginela (left), who attends West End Elementary School, and Anna Newman, who attends Mapleview Elementary, display their funky hats during the Punxsy Fire Department’s Old Home Week Carnival Thursday night on the grounds near the Punxy Plaza. The carnival continues tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.

Not a usual baby shower, and not a usual baby

June 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Girls just want to have fun, and that’s exactly what Mercy Smith of Punxsy did Wednesday at her home during a baby shower for her baby doll, Cinderella.

The Punxsutawney Aglow International group supported Mercy in her request to have a baby shower for her doll by inviting members of the group and their grandchildren.

Aglow International is a group of women, teens, youth and men who meet once a month for worship and monthly speakers. The group focuses on different outreaches such as providing gifts to children on Christmas.

June 29th

Brookville, Brockway campers travel to Punxsy for carnival fun

June 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday is considered the best day during the annual Old Home Week Carnival by members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and employees of J&J Amusements, as youngsters and adults from the Arc of Jefferson County Camp Friendship visited for fun and lunch.

Campers from Camp Friendship near Reynoldsville were invited to ride the carnival rides for free, and members of the fire department served campers, parents and counselors a free lunch.

Ranee Sikora, director of the Punxsutawney Camp Friendship, said the campers enjoyed the carnival as much as any day of camp.

A MOMENT OF HOPE

June 29, 2011

A young girl’s recitation of a Biblical passage encourages refugees seeking safety during the Ice Age in Act I of “The Skin of Our Teeth.” The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild will stage the final three local performances of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satiric fantasy at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday nights at the auditorium of Punxsutawney Area Middle School. Tickets are sold at the door. Pictured are (front, from left) Debra Dinsmore, Laura Chelgren, Doug Fye, Jef Dinsmore; (back) Terry A. Fye, Sandy Hill-Gearhart, Alexa Valkosky, Mallory Croasman and Alice S. Morris.

School board OKs budget with no tax hike

June 29, 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 27, 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 27, 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.

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