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4-H leaders continue to volunteer after a combined 80 years of service

November 25, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — To make the best better” has been the motto of the 4-H Club for the past 100 years.

And making the best better is just what Jefferson County 4-H volunteer leaders Lois Pifer and Diane “Dolly” Smouse have been doing for 40 of those 100 years.

The “learn by doing,” life-skills program engages area youth members, ages five to 19, in carrying out the mission of the club’s founding four H’s: Head, hands, heart and health.

County announces budget with no tax increase

November 25, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners Wedn-esday advertised the prop-osed budget for the 2011 fiscal year, and there will be no inc-rease on property taxes.

The property tax rate will remain at 10.75 mills of assessed property value.

County finance officer Deborah Gillung said it was “kind of a surprise” that a tax increase was not needed. This is the second consecutive year that the commissioners did not have to raise taxes.

Punxsy police receive gold award for traffic safety

November 25, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police was chosen again this year for the American Automobile Association (AAA) gold award.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said the award was presented by the AAA Traffic Safety Awards program.

“This is our third consecutive year for being recognized,” he said. The award is for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate the department’s endeavor to improve local traffic safety issues.

Fedigan said there are four standards for awards.

Gerald C. Justice, 74

November 25, 2010

Gerald C. Justice, 74, formerly of Oliveburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mary Josephine Justice.

Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary Elbel, who survives.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Justice served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A retired postal carrier and member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church, Mr. Justice, an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and following them in their sporting events.

Vance Hankinson, 51

November 25, 2010

Vance Hankinson, 51, formerly of Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Hankinson was born Oct. 30, 1959, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of Dorothy (Cameron) Painter, of Rossiter, who survives.

He was married to Carol (Byerly) Hankinson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Hankinson was a devoted family man who adored his sons and granddaughter. He touched the lives of many people and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

Ernest R. Caldwell, 88

November 25, 2010

Ernest R. Caldwell, 88, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Highland View Health Center, Brockway.

He was born Dec. 29, 1921, a son of the late Wayne J. and Carrie Reed Caldwell.

Mr. Caldwell was married to Lois M. Evans, who survives, for 65 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Caldwell served in World War II and in the Philippines.

He worked for Humphrey Gas Co., Brookville, and later in the Business/Clerical Department of Brookville Equipment.

PUNXSY BOYS' GOLF BANQUET

November 25, 2010

The Punxsy boys' golf team had its banquet last week at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Pictured are (front, from left) Kyler Smathers, Mike Blose, Ryan States, David Roberts, Nick Roberts, Brandon Mancuso; (back) Ian Miller, Brandon Bish, Jesse Verdill, Micky DeChurch, Adam Murdock and coach Josh Conrad. Missing from the photo are Troy Cameron, Austin Couser, Josh Greek, Tanner Lewis and Seth Spack. (Photo submitted)

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