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April 13th, 2015
At the conclusion of the school day on Monday, a bomb threat was discovered in a restroom at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
According to a statement issued by Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, the administration immediately notified the authorities and evacuated and secured the building.
A full-scale search of the building was conducted by police, and the building was deemed safe. School is expected to resume as normal Tuesday morning.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After working in the pizza industry for many years, Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza, was both shocked and humbled when World Pizza Championship Winner Tony Gemignani announced that he had appointed Anthony to serve on his World Pizza Championship team.
Anthony said the decision was announced while he was recently at the International Pizza Expo. Gemignani said he chose Anthony and four others to be on his team.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Tonight's the night the curtain goes up on the 2015 Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show in the auditorium. Pictured are some of the emcees for this year's program as they perform another funny lead in to another skit during the show. Reserved tickets are $8, and general admission tickets are $6. Come and support the Class of 2015 as they raise money for the Margaret C. Boles Foundation!
New Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief James Borza (second from left) is pictured being sworn in and taking the oath of office on Tuesday in council chambers by Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander (far left). Borza's wife, Karen Borza, is pictured holding the Holy Bible for the ceremony. Alexander said that even though Borza was approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council to start work on Monday, he couldn't act in that capacity without officially being sworn in as chief.
HUSTON TOWNSHIP â€” On Monday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a report of a fatal one-vehicle accident that occurred at 11:13 a.m. on Sunday on State Route 255, south of Winterburn Road, Huston Township, Clearfield County.
Police said Robert E. Quetot, 55, of DuBois, was traveling north on State Route 255 when he lost control of his 2008 Suzuki Sedan. The car then left the roadway and crashed into an embankment, causing it to roll over.
Police said Quetot was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected as the car rolled over.
Quetot was pronounced dead at the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Francis J. Molinaro, 80, president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Punxsutawney Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said that Molinaroâ€™s leadership and participation on the school board will be truly missed by all.
"It's certainly a sad day for our district," Wolfe said. "Francis has served on our board for many years, and throughout that time, he has always kept in mind the best interest of the students. For years, he wanted to be board president, and with this last reorganization of the board, he became the board president."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's just about time for the annual Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show.
The show will take place April 9 through April 11 in the PAHS auditorium. Every year, The Spirit gives a preview of some of the original skits that we're likely to see as part of the show.
We're going to bring that to you next week, but for now, we're going to take a look at the person whose name is most identified with the Variety Show â€” Margaret C. Boles.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsy Borough Council approved the contract
of the newly hired police chief at a special meeting held on Wednesday.
James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new police chief at a special meeting held on March 24 in council chambers.
Larry Chenoga, Punxsutawney Borough Council president, said the motion to approve the contract for retired state trooper James Borza, was made by Aaron Hendricks, council member, and seconded by Brian Smith, council member, and was approved 7-0.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company presented five area fire companies with grants on Friday afternoon. The grants were presented by Josephine Posti, APR of Pennsylvania American Water, and Dave Drozd, also of American Water, and will be used to purchase necessary fire equipment that is needed for each fire company. Pictured (front, from left) are Jim Esposito, Central Fire Department; Posti; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; Wendy Peace, Big Run Volunteer Fire Company; (back row) Drozd; and Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.