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July 6th, 2012

Saturday's Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 6, 2012

9 to 10 a.m. – Registration for third-annual Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull in park, sponsored by London Farm Supplies.

10 to 11 a.m. — Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. The tractors are supplied by the sponsor. Prizes for winners in age groups four and five; six and seven; eight and nine.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. – Michelle’s Magical Poodles.
12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Dennie Huber, magic.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons.

4 to 5:30 p.m. – Mike Short Jr. & Statewide Band (country, sponsored by PNC Bank).

FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC

July 6, 2012

Former members of the Punxsutawney Area High School band are gathering from points far and near this weekend to present the first of what is hoped to become an annual concert by PAHS alumni.

This special event is being held in honor of James A. Colonna (retired), the long-time director of the high school band. The public is invited to enjoy the free concert consisting of familiar selections ranging from marches to pop tunes to show music and more. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Senior High School on North Findley Street.

North Country Homestead celebrates 10th anniversary

July 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The morning that the world was reveling in a noteworthy Groundhog Day — Feb. 2, 2002, or 02.02.02 — Jodi North and her husband, Scott, were pulling up carpet, and, as she said, “We were not sure what we would find underneath.”

What they found were hardwood floors and the foundation of what today is the North Country Homestead, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday.

Joseph Anthony Bianco, 75

July 6, 2012

Joseph Anthony Bianco, 75, Heilwood, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Anna (Gigliotti) Bianco.

July 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Rosemary (Conway) Bianco, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Bianco obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1963; a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973; and a doctorate degree from Nova University in 1986.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956 until 1962.

July 5th

10- & 11s stymied by polished DuBois squad in opener

July 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the Little League All-Stars format having teams in age brackets nine- and 10-year olds, 10- and 11- and 11- and 12-year-olds, many of the same teams see each other from year to year.

That was the case Thursday night when Punxsy's 10- and 11-year-old baseball squad met DuBois' — the defending District X and Section I Champion from last year's nine- and 10-year-old tournament, and Punxsy knew exactly what it was in for.

Well-deserved: PAHS represented by six on All-Stars

July 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On top of Punxsy's team accolades with both the baseball and softball teams earning the Northern Allegany League Large School divisional championships, six Punxsy players were named to the Large School Division All-Stars — with three coming from PAHS's baseball team and three from the softball team.

One player in particular — junior Ty Zimmerman — was even named the division's Player of the Year. St. Marys' Rachel Ginther was named the softball Player of the Year.

Friday's Groundhog Festival schedule

July 5, 2012

10 a.m. to noon – Children’s Workshops, Boom Town era children’s activities (ages six to 12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, Coach Room off South Jefferson Street.

11:30 to noon, 1:30 to 2 p.m., 3 to 3:30 p.m. — Michelle’s Magical Poodles.

12:30 to 1 p.m. — Dennie Huber, magic

2 to 4:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, balloons

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., 9 to 10 p.m. — Rick K & The All-Nighters (two shows, sponsored by S&T Bank and the Punxsy Rotary Club).

State salutes officer for targeting aggressive driving

July 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer and the department recently received recognition for curbing aggressive driving behaviors in the Punxsutawney area.

“As chief of police, I am always happy and proud when an outside agency recognizes the outstanding work accomplished by the officers of our police department,” Chief Tom Fedigan said.

Fedigan said Officer Patrick Renwick, a five-year veteran of the department, was recognized for his outstanding efforts
during the 2011 Pa. Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project. 

FRESH AIR IN PENNSYLVANIA

July 5, 2012

After a long bus ride that departed New York City at 10 a.m. Thursday, the first group of Fresh Air Kids arrived at the SS.C.D. parking lot around 3:45 p.m. to greet their host families for a few weeks of fun, sun and activities away from their urban surroundings.

The family of Kelly and Buddy Ross — which includes Jenae Dawson (far left), Brielle, Ahslynn and Ryon Ross — of Sigel, welcomed Fawziyah Salman (second from left), 11, of Bronx, N.Y.

July 4th

Fireworks for the Fourth

July 4, 2012

The sky was aglow Wednesday night with this impressive Fourth of July fireworks display as part of the annual Groundhog Festival.

The fireworks show was sponsored by Thermal-Gard Building Products and local distributor Burke & Sons.

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