Archive - Nov 26, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After a year hiatus for retooling, the Living Christmas Tree returns to the First Church of God in Punxsutawney, with free tickets available to the public beginning Monday.
Ron Shirey, chairman of the tree committee at the church, pointed out that it was a difficult decision to not have the program last year.
â€śWe see the Living Christmas Tree as a ministry to our community, and weâ€™re very appreciative of the community support, so we donâ€™t want to let the community down,â€ť Shirey said.
(From left) Verna Storm, of Punxsutawney; Ivy Storm, of Chambersburg; and Susan Matus of Pittsburgh search the areaâ€™s Black Friday steals and specials at Fairlady & Company. (Photo by Holly Shok)
HARRISBURG â€” As youâ€™ve been hearing for the last several weeks, Monday marks the opening day of the two-week general deer hunting season.
Jerry Feaser, public information officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, reported that nearly 750,000 hunting enthusiasts sporting fluorescent orange and camouflage clothing will be hitting the woods at sunrise to try and harvest a trophy buck.
Lois E. Miller, 89, Brookville, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at Jefferson Manor Health Center.
She was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Limestone Township, a daughter of the late Jerome W. Reinsel and Marie Antoinette Kerr Reinsel.
Feb. 22, 1941, she married Cameron W. Miller, who preceded her in death.
A homemaker, Mrs. Miller was a member of the Brookville Immaculate Conception Church and Altar Rosary Society.
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, 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, NY., a son of Dorothy (Cameron) Painter, who survives, of Rossiter.
He was married to Carol (Byerly) Hankinson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Hankinson was a devoted family man who adored his sons and granddaughter Harper. He touched the lives of many people and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy boys' basketball team â€” which features a half-dozen football players â€” is looking to use the school's football success as a jumping-off point in 2010-2011, rather than worrying about last year's struggles on the hardword.
The Chucks finished 4-17 overall in 2009-2010, including 0-12 in the D9 League. But rather than looking back to last season, Punxsy has its sights set on the year at hand under first-year head coach Dirk Neal
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” To make the best betterâ€ť 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 â€śDollyâ€ť Smouse have been doing for 40 of those 100 years.
The â€ślearn by doing,â€ť life-skills program engages area youth members, ages five to 19, in carrying out the mission of the clubâ€™s founding four Hâ€™s: Head, hands, heart and health.
BROOKVILLE â€” 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 â€śkind of a surpriseâ€ť that a tax increase was not needed. This is the second consecutive year that the commissioners did not have to raise taxes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
â€śThis is our third consecutive year for being recognized,â€ť he said. The award is for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate the departmentâ€™s endeavor to improve local traffic safety issues.
Fedigan said there are four standards for awards.