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July 6th, 2014

WRAPPING UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GROUNDHOG FESTIVAL

July 6, 2014

Rick Larrimore croons to the crowd Saturday during his Tribute to Rod Stewart, which helped close out another successful year of the Groundhog Festival in Barclay Square.

Way Back When

July 6, 2014

(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
July 27, 1888

Another Railroad

It is not pleasant for us to raise the hopes of our people by vain promises of coming railroads, of air lines and through lines, and then being forced in the end to admit that it was all gush.

Punxsy’s Devin Mesoraco named to NL All-Star team for first time

July 6, 2014

CINCINNATI — Punxsutawney's own Devin Mesoraco — the current starting catcher for the Cincinnati Reds — has been having a spectacular season, and as is the case with Major League Baseball players who are having such seasons, Mesoraco was named to his first All-Star Game as a representative of the National League when the rosters were announced Sunday.

Mesoraco's baseball career started right here in Punxsy, and his accolades to this point included being named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star and a Futures Game participant while playing with the Louisville Bats in 2011.

July 4th

Former Journey lead vocalist Augeri, Sapphire keep the rock rollin’ in the park

July 4, 2014

The great music acts in Barclay Square for the 2014 Groundhog Festival continued Thursday and Friday with Steve Augeri (left photo) — former lead vocalist for Journey — putting on a show for the crowds Friday and Sapphire (right photo) playing a pair of shows with an eclectic feel on Thursday evening. The festival concludes today (see schedule below). The annual fireworks show also took place on Friday night. For more from that event, see Page 16.

What a ride it’s been! Groundhog Festival winding down in Barclay Square

July 4, 2014

This week was a busy one with lots going on in Barclay Square, and one of the many things happening to keep the children entertained was the rides, provided by Bartlebaugh Amusements. (Left photo) Youngsters (front to back) Jaden, Jonas, Alec and Isaac Greenblatt enjoy a ride on the flying swings.

July 2nd

Spirit offices closed for Fourth of July holiday

July 2, 2014

The Spirit’s offices will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday.

There will be no paper printed or delivered for Friday.

All of us here at The Spirit would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Fourth of July.

Please enjoy it and celebrate safely!

Megastars of Country; Thursday and Friday's Groundhog Festival schedule

July 2, 2014

Megastars of Country put on a show for the crowd at Barclay Square on Wednesday night.

Groundhog Festival Schedule of events

Thursday, July 3

10 a.m.-noon — Children’s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This year’s theme is “Native America.” Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society

10 a.m. – Registration for Three Wheel Race I

(Ages 3-4) Racing over a designated course

10:30 a.m. — Registration for Three Wheel Race II (Ages 5-6-7) Racing over a designated course 

10:30 am — Three Wheel Race I

11 a.m. — Three Wheel Race II

PAH celebrates important occasion with ceremonial mortgage burning party

July 2, 2014

On Wednesday, Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) held a mortgage burning celebration in honor of making the final payments for the building, which was built in the 1970s, and for the 1999 addition to the hospital.

Pictured here is PAH CEO Daniel D. Blough Jr. placing a copy of the mortgage into the fire.

The hospital also took the opportunity to recognize “original employees,” many of whom are pictured above, who have been at the building since its opening.

Work Begins Next Week on a Resurfacing and Bridge Repair Project on Route 36 in Jefferson County

July 2, 2014

Indiana — Work begins next week on a resurfacing and bridge repair project on Route 36 from the top of Chango Hill to the intersection with Route 119 in Punxsutawney Borough and Bell Township in Jefferson County.

Daytime, single-lane restrictions controlled by flaggers will be in place on Route 36 to perform roadwork including milling, paving and drainage.

Nighttime work will be performed on the bridge on Route 36 at the Route 119 intersection.

July 1st

New Individuals bring an old-fashioned feel to festival; Wednesday's schedule

July 1, 2014

Tuesday night, the activity in Barclay Square was sponsored by FEMCO Machine, and that activity included a group called the New Individuals bringing an old-fashioned feel to the Groundhog Festival with their oldies performance.

Groundhog Festival Schedule of events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

10 a.m.-noon — Children’s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This year’s theme is “Native America.” Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Dennie Huber, Balloons

10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, across from the park at the Punxsy Eagles Club

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