February 20th, 2014
Punxsutawney Philâs co-handler Ron Ploucha explained how groundhogs actually live in the wild and gave behind-the-scenes insights of Groundhog Day at February's National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) meeting.
Pictured (front, from left) are Mary Stuby, Laura Ross and Santana Olp, NSDAR members; (second row) Augusta Geer and Martha Jo Rupert, NSDAR members; Joan Olp, regent, Punxsutawney Chapter, NSDAR; Ann Lott, NSDAR member; (back) Ploucha and Punxsutawney Phil in his portable Plexiglass home.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Paul Thompson.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
CLOE â Paul Thompson is a recognizable face. You may recognize him as the now-retired pastor of Steffy Chapel United Methodist Church, or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community.
CLEARFIELD â PennDOT is advising motorists that crews are finished with work on a section of Interstate 80 westbound.
Work required a lane restriction for much of Thursday, between mile marker 128 and mile marker 127.
The lane restriction is now lifted, and traffic is using both lanes of I-80 westbound in this area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Perhaps youâve heard the sounds of children playing in the snow outside your windows on school days this year. But that sound means something else, too â the school calendar is getting longer and longer.
Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent, said that the last student day was scheduled to be Wednesday, May 28, but that schedule has been off the table for a long time due to school cancellations caused by the weather.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Those looking to try out a new pizza place will have that chance starting today, as Punxsy Pizza â located at 115 N. Findley St., near the Weather Discovery Center, and reachable at the phone number 938-8132 â will be officially open for business.
Owner Scott Anthony said the decision to open a hometown pizza place here in Punxsy came from a love for two things â pizza and Punxsutawney.
For a full story, including more details on the pizzeria, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Judy Ann Voytus, 44, Punxsutawney, passed away suddenly, on Feb. 15, 2014, at her residence.
Born June 30, 1969, in Berea, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Frank Voytus and Frances Geist Voytus, who survives, in Punxsutawney.
Judy is also survived by three sisters, Jeanette and Joyce Voytus, both of Punxsutawney, and Mrs. Greg Jennifer Hobbs of Polson, Mont.; three nieces and nephews, Hannah, Grace and Matthew Hobbs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her very special dog, Prissy.
Judy was known for her sense of humor and making people smile. She was a
Jennifer Lee MacIsaac, 54, passed away at Indiana Regional Hospital in Indiana, Pa., on Jan. 28, 2014.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 15, 1959, the daughter of Donald M. MacIsaac and Bettye Huntley MacIsaac. The family moved to the MacIsaac ancestral farmstead near Marchand, Pa., in the fall of 1960, when Mr. MacIsaac began teaching in the Audio Visual Department at Indiana State College; he remained at IUP, as a professor in the Communications Media Department, until his retirement in 1982.
Residents of the area are reminded by their local fire companies that, with the excessive snow build-up around the fire hydrants this year, it is important â for the safety of everyone â that all snow be removed to make the hydrants accessible.
The PAHS Dramatics Club will present this year's school play, âBeauty and the Beast,â at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, in the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium.
Pictured are the members of the âBeauty and the Beastâ cast.
This Chevrolet pickup truck rolled over at 12:59 p.m. on Tuesday on Route 119 between Airport Road and Rock Run Road, when the driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and lost control, rolling the truck on to its side.
The driver was not injured in the accident, and his vehicle was towed from the scene by South Side Service.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by the Punxsutawney Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS.
No further information was available at Spirit press time.