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November 8th, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â B.P.O. Elks No. 1231 and the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club observed Veteransâ Day a bit early Sunday by unveiling a refurbished flag pole and new stone at Groundhog Park.
The new stone â donated by Philip States and designed and crafted by R.D. Brown Memorials â is dedicated to all local veterans, said Ron Ploucha, exalted ruler of the Elks and the Inner Circleâs Stump Warden.
âOrdinary people doing extraordinary things â simply put, thatâs who veterans are,â said Gene Roberts, leading knight at the Elks.
Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Womenâs Club for Career Womenâs Week, which this year runs through Nov. 13. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
Local Intelligence (January 15, 1896)
Died in Church
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Former Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Sean Weaver was turned down Friday for a hearing by the Punxsutawney Civil Service Commission in a continued attempt to get his job back.
Commission Solicitor Jeff Lundy, who was not available for Mondayâs meeting, filed his opinion on two issues: As to whether Weaver would be granted a hearing by the commission, and a request by Timothy Morris, Punxsutawney Borough Council solicitor, regarding the candidate eligibility list.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âThe Punxsutawney Area Community Center will host its second-annual Raffle Night tonight.
From 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pantall Hotelâs Rooftop, ticket holders are invited to join the festivities as the center raffles away an array of awards.
Guests will be entered into the drawings of numerous winnings, including a 42-inch HD TV; bedroom suite; sofa and chair set; vacuum cleaner; and several cash prizes, said Mick Mumau, president of the centerâs Board of Directors.
Tickets may be purchased at the door tonight.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Twenty-one years ago, the current CRW Home Center established itself as a small showroom tucked away along Mulberry Alley.
Fast-forward to 2010, when CRW now stretches out in a 35,000-square foot facility with 19 full- and part-time employees, and owners Tim and Cindy Chambers and their store have been named the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerceâs 2010 Small Business of the Year.
âA little birdie had said I better make sure I goâ to the annual Chamber banquet Thursday at the Punxsutawney Country Club, Tim Chambers said. âI thought, âOK, now I know why.ââ
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Students who attend PAMS and PAHS could have the opportunity to kick off a program that helps them not only get into better physical condition, but to learn to eat better, as well.
PAMS Assistant Principal Michael Guidice recently told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that the National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL) are helping schools across the country score big with Fuel Up to Play 60, a program to tackle childhood obesity by giving young people a voice in changing the school nutrition and physical activity environment.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â According to PAHS Principal David London, West Shamokin has forfeited its football game â scheduled for Friday in Rural Valley â against the Punxsy Chucks due to lack of players.
London said Thursday afternoon, West Shamokin Athletic Director Tom McClain notified him and Punxsy Athletic Director John Knopick that the Wolves are unable to field enough eligible players for the game.
London said the forfeit moves Punxsy's record to 10-0, and playoff points will be awarded to Punxsy for the win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Havenât raked your leaves for collection yet? Thatâs OK; borough residents have until next Friday, when the collection ends.
Roger Steele, chairman of the Public Works Committee, announced at Tuesdayâs meeting that the collection continues on schedule at this time, and Borough Manager Ben White said crews hope to have all leaves collected by Friday, Nov. 12.
âThose frosty nights weâve been experiencing knocked most of the leaves onto the ground this past week,â White said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Kathleen Dodds isnât riding her two Appaloosas across the United States for a political cause, a social movement or to bring attention to a common or uncommon medical phenomena.
If sheâs riding for any cause, itâs to encourage people to follow their dreams.