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January 29th, 2014
Despite the cold and snow, those who visited the Pine Street Senior Center on Monday were in for quite a treat with a picnic in the snow. Though they didn't actually have a picnic in the snow, those in attendance were treated to the warmth of the indoors and picnic food, which included hot dogs. They were also treated to some entertainment, provided by Nancy Phillips (left) playing the bass and Bev Davis on vocals and guitar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The countdown to Groundhog Day continues, and
in the meantime, volunteers and employees at Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenir Shop and the Chamber of Commerce have been fielding calls and shipping out Groundhog Day souvenirs.
For a full story on the souvenirs available at the shop this Groundhog season, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Robert Mario Bianco and Rita Richardson were crowned Groundhog King and Groundhog Queen of Mulberry Square on Tuesday, as Punxsutawney Phil paid a special visit for the crowning ceremony.
Pictured (front, from left) are Helen Berger, runner-up; Bianco, Richardson, Pat Dufell, runner-up; (back) Jason Grusky, The Big Chill, Groundhog Club Inner Circle; Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, Groundhog Club Inner Circle, holding Phil; and Jen Gjurich, Mulberry Square administrator.
A pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in the Punxsutawney Post Office parking lot off East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney at 4:35 p.m. on Monday.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department assisted Jefferson County EMS and Punxsutawney Borough Police at the scene.
The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.
The Punxsy Beta Sorority will be holding its annual Food Fest on Groundhog Day weekend, beginning at 11 a.m on both Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson Social Hall, located across from the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
Pictured here are two members of the Beta Sorority, Leila Smith and Lois Guilfoyle.
Pictured is Gene Roberts, organizer of the Annual Groundhog Day Chili and Hot Wing Cook-Off, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Punxsy Elks No. 301, located at 205 North Findley St. in Punxsutawney.
For more information or to enter the contest, call Roberts at 814-249-1086 or check out the event on Facebook at Annual Groundhog Day Chili Cook-off.
Proceeds will benefit HogheavenRescue.org.
Cody Craft, an Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company firefighter, is pictured with Austin Pate, of the Central Fire Department, after a fire in a storage bin in a house on Woodland Avenue was extinguished at 3:28 a.m. on Saturday.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
It may have been a bit slippery outside with snow and slush, but that didn't stop many from attending the Breakfast with Phil and Groundhog Tour event, held at the Elks Saturday morning.
Children and adults came and enjoyed a delicious breakfast before heading out on the Groundhog Bus to tour Punxsutawney, Gobblerâs Knob and the Groundhog Headquarters, before ending at the Souvenir Shop.
Working hard in the kitchen were members of the Inner Circle and a special volunteer.
(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.)
January 18, 1888
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The theme is laughterâŠand plenty of it as the members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG) announce the line-up of the three plays selected for the Guildâs 39th anniversary season.
Since 1975, PTAG has been spotlighting local talent in live stage productions.
The tradition continues in 2014 with the launch of the annual patronsâ drive to encourage area residents to become part of the activities.