April 12th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It can be said that the groundhog â€” and a soldier â€” saved the day.
A potential tragedy was averted Thursday when one of the National Guardâ€™s IAV Stryker all-terrain vehicles lost its brakes while traveling down Indiana Hill.
But instead of crashing through the ramp toward a restaurant full of people at Joeâ€™s Drive-In, a steel girder supporting the huge wooden groundhog located at the edge of the parking lot stopped the vehicleâ€™s forward progress.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” American Legionnaire Lance Robinson believes Sept. 10, 2001, was â€śthe last day of freedomâ€ť in the United States, but now, heâ€™s looking to see that date recognized as something else.
Robinson, a U.S. Marine veteran and resident of Export, Westmoreland County, stopped in Punxsutawney Thursday as part of a 300-mile bicycle trek that he calls the â€śHonor Ride Across America.â€ť
MILWAUKEE, Wis. â€” Kirk Fergusonâ€™s music career began at a young age, until one day, he made a realization about what he wanted to do with his life.
â€śWhat kind of happened was, I knew I wanted to go into performance, and my goal was to be the best trombonist in the world,â€ť said Ferguson, a 1999 PAHS graduate visiting family in Punxsy this week. â€śAnd the best players play in orchestras.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The votes are in and counted, and it's official: Seth Spack and Jensen Constantino are The Spirit's 2011-12 Winter Sports Most Valuable Players.
Just over 760 ballots were cast in all, and The Spirit's readers selected Spack and Constantino for the awards.
Spack, a senior wrestler for the Chucks during the winter season, surpassed the 100-win mark, passed PAHS grad Matt Means for second all-time in Punxsy history for wins and won the District-IX championship at 152 pounds this year.
This time of year may just be the perfect time of year, as far as I'm concerned: Especially as far as the sports calendar goes.
Combining the budding of new life growing from the warm weather â€” though we've been mistreated with some colder-than-we-would-like type of weather over the past few daysÂ â€” with the sports calendar unfolding before us in early April does something to warm my heart.
After the rush of March Madness, the sports calendar quiets down a bit, though it is revving up for perhaps its busiest season of them all.
Diane M. Nagy, 52, Punxsutawney, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Nov. 16, 1959, a daughter of Gabriel Caraboolad and the late Barbara (Kassouf) Caraboolad.
July 6, 1980, she married Dale Nagy, who survives.
INDIANA â€” Before the cassette tape, the compact disc and the MP3, people listened to music with the help of a decent turntable, a good needle and a 33-, 45- or 78-rpm record.
And Saturday, April 21 â€” Record Store Day â€” is a day that independent (i.e., indie) record stores celebrate music in the vinyl medium.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sure, itâ€™s a group of older gentlemen in top hats and tuxedoes who promote and perpetuate Groundhog Day, but Punxsutawney Phil and his prognostications are just as important for youngsters, as well.
Thatâ€™s the whole idea behind the Jr. Groundhog Club, a new club that has been established for Punxsy Philâ€™s friends who are 12 and under.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tuesday, the Punxsutawney Area School board received more suggestions from the public about the alleged use of drugs in the district, specifically the high school.
Edie Hinkle, Smicksburg, said she wasnâ€™t sure what a resource officer is, but felt something needs to be done about drugs in school.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following several weeks of criticism from residents about an alleged hands-off attitude about drugs in the district â€” specifically Punxsutawney Area High School â€” the Punxsutawney Area School Board fired back at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śI take offense that we are accused of having a drug problem in our schools,â€ť said Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, also saying that he felt it was unfair to categorize the district that way with no real evidence.