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January 14th, 2011

Indiana County’s Wildcat Regiment Band to perform at inauguration

January 15, 2011

INDIANA — 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.

January 13th

Looking for a Punxsy Phil item? Check out his Souvenir Shop

January 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Though the dust from the holiday shopping season has just settled, for one local retailer, the hustle-and-bustle is just beginning.

While the rest of the world migrates south, seeking relief from frigid seasonal conditions, flights of inquiring minds, from near and far, flock north for the forecasting of the future’s weather.

That, which can only be executed by one earthly entity: The “Prognosticator of Prognosticators” Punxsutawney Phil, of course.

CHAMBER BOARD MEMBERS

January 14, 2011

The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual reorganization meeting Thursday at the Pantall Hotel, where members selected their new officers for the year. Pictured are (seated, from left): Debi Meneely, member; Jodi Presloid, vice-president; Debbie Parise, secretary; Katie Laska, member; (back) Joe Ferraro, member; Jeff Curtis, president; and members Bob Cardamone, Francis Molinaro, T.J. Sliwinski and Aggie Ott. Missing are Clay Snyder, treasurer; members Dan Smith, Jack Lingenfelter, Brian Smith, Michele Lorenzo and Lara Little, new member.

January 12th

Sewer project hitting delays

January 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The proposed West Mahoning Street Sewer project continues to be held up due to right-of-way difficulties.

Brian Sekula, of the EADS Group Inc. borough engineers, reported at Monday’s borough council meeting that the proposed sewer project has moved along like “molasses,” saying that the group had received a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT last year and was submitted to the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad a number of months ago with no reply.

Big Brothers Big Sisters expanding in Jefferson County

January 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is expanding its programs in Jefferson County, and could provide community service projects for PAHS students.

The same night that guidance counselor Emily Cassidy and PAHS Principal David London announced proposed changes to the senior project and standardized testing, respectively, Heidi Stahlnecker, program director for BBBS of Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties, discussed with the Punxsutawney Area School Board ways that both students and potential “bigs” can get involved.

MARY ANN BOSAK DAY

January 13, 2011

Mayor James Wehrle (left) presented Mary Ann Bosak (middle) with a proclamation for being the first female firefighter to retire and become a life member in the Punxsutawney and Central Fire Departments. Wehrle proclaimed Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, “Mary Ann Bosak Day” in honor of her 20 years of service to the department. Bosak (middle) thanked Wehrle, council and her fellow firefighters for their support over the years. Also pictured is Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner (right). (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

January 11th

Counselor outlines changes to PAHS graduation projects

January 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — They may not know it, but today’s freshmen at PAHS are already working toward completion of their senior projects.

Punxsutawney Area High School students will still be required to complete senior projects in order to graduate, but starting with the Class of 2014 — this year’s freshmen — the projects will become more career and community service oriented.

Monday, guidance counselor Emily Cassidy told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that committees met once a month over the past year to revamp the graduation project program.

Montgomery Twp. family escaped fire with their lives

January 12, 2011

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP — Family members who lost their home in a fire Dec. 26, 2010, on Rock Run Road in Montgomery Township lost everything they owned except their lives, but continue to receive assistance.

Sean Connor, who is the assistant manager at the Punxsutawney Wal-Mart, and his wife Mary, who is a cafeteria worker for the Purchase Line School District, and their youngest daughter Katarina, had just returned home the evening of Dec. 26 when their dog, Ringo, became restless after Sean had gone to bed.

Punxsy Phil teams up with Foursquare for high-tech event

January 12, 2011

HARRISBURG — Punxsutawney Phil and the state Pennsylvania Tourism Office chose an unusual location to announce the latest technological promotion for Groundhog Day 2011: The state Farm Show & Expo.

Maybe it’s not too unusual, however, because last year, Punxsy Phil and tourism officials announced that his prognostication would be sent to his loyal followers via text message.

There won’t be text messages this year, but followers of the Foursquare mobile platform have an opportunity to earn a special PA Groundhog Day badge if they “shout” their current location Feb. 2.

January 10th

Phil’s home receives new look at library

January 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gobbler’s Knob is best known as Punxsutawney Phil’s home worldwide Feb. 2, but as everyone knows, his true home is in what has been known as the Groundhog Zoo in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

But recently, Groundhog Club Inner Circle president Bill Deeley said that Phil’s home in the library has undergone some much-needed renovations — as well as a new name.

“We replaced the burgundy canopy on Phil’s home that said ‘Groundhog Zoo’ with a green canopy that says ‘Phil Burrow’ on it,” Deeley said.

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