February 3rd, 2014
This view of Gobblerâs Knob on Groundhog Day is not one that even faithful Phil followers have a chance to relish.
The sea of people you see is what Punxsutawney Phil sees when he emerges from his burrow every Feb. 2. The view is just too good not to share.
In fact, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said that in his 29 years of making the trek to Gobblerâs Knob, he thinks Sundayâs crowd âwas the biggest yet.â
For complete coverage of Groundhog Day 2014 - including the annual Groundhog Banquet, the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year and photos of Phil's annual prognostication at Gobbler's Knob - pick up Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
Annie Laurie Williams, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
She was born October 29, 1925, in North Point, Pa., the only child of the late Dale B. and Lillian (Shields) Crawford.
Mrs. Williams was a retired teacher of the business curriculum in the Punxsutawney School District.
She also instructed the Secretarial Technology program at Jeff Tech and was a part-time teacher at IUP, Punxsy Campus.
Stephen Joseph Kirk Kruzelak, 68, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, with his family by his side in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania.
Steve was born July 15, 1945, in DuBois, to Stephen Kruzelak and Janet Kirk Kruzelak Phillips.
Steve served in the United State Air Force during the Vietnam War and worked many years as a heavy equipment mechanic in both Pennsylvania and Florida for C&K Coal Company, Femco Machine and M&S Heavy Equipment.
Sanford O. âOttoâ Grube, Jr., 89, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
He was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Cora M. (Blose) and Sanford O. Grube, Sr.
On March 1, 1953, in Butler, he married Muriel C. (Heitzenrater) Grube, who survives.
He worked as a steamfitter for Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 354 for 43 years, retiring in 1989.
Over the years, he worked on many power plants, both nuclear and
Mr. Grube was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church for many years, where he served as an elder.
Dorothy M. âGramâ Neville Neal, 87, of Houston, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in the Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 19, 1926, near Punxsutawney, a daughter of Avery and Lola McDonald Neville.
Mrs. Neal was a 1945 graduate of Dayton High School in Armstrong County.
She worked for Celentoâs Department Store, was a cook at Rockyâs Restaurant followed by Shellyâs Pike Inn, until her retirement in 2008.
Mrs. Neal was an avid Pittsburgh Pirate, Penguin and Steeler fan.
She also enjoyed NASCAR and was a Dale Earnhardt fan.
CLYMER â An autopsy completed Saturday on a 66-year-old Clymer woman found dead outside her home Friday did not reveal any physical trauma, according to a release issued by Indiana County Corner Jerry L. Overman.
According to the updated release, issued Saturday, the final results on the cause and manner of death of Janice Marie Keith are pending toxicology testing.
Keith was discovered in the snow outside her Spruce Avenue residence in Clymer on Friday morning, nude from the waist down.
A call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. â This morning, I looked down and noticed something â I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â at least not in these parts â that I actually need one.
We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.
Punxsutawneyâs 2013 Man and Woman of the Year were named at the Groundhog Eve Banquet on Saturday night at Punxsutawney Area High School. Tim Krise (left) was named the Man of the Year, and Catherine Wesdock Test â who was celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday â was named Woman of the Year.
For full stories on both Krise and Wesdock, and a recap from the banquet â including information on Mike Gmoser, the Ohio DA who charged Phil last year â and Jen Carfagno of the Weather Channel, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
All of us at The Spirit wish you a Happy Groundhog Day.
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