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December 17th

Make-A-Wish improves on last year’s total during 2010 campaign

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a week’s worth of wishing, the “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign concluded with a $73,285 Friday finale.

The campaign’s contributions will be used by the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia Make-A-Wish chapter to grant 21 wishes to area children facing life-threatening illnesses.

According to regional office assistant Kayla Danch, the final day of the annual week-long campaign, which wrapped up at the Pantall Hotel, was met with success due directly to the “generosity of the community.”

No injuries reported after patrol car wreck

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There were no injuries reported when Punxsutawney Borough Police patrol car No. 26 was involved in a two-vehicle accident at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Sutton Street.

Historical society remembers 1949 with 2011 calendar

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, the calendar for sale by the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society contains the calendar dates of 1949, but that’s fine, because the dates for 1949 and 2011 match exactly.

Plus, the Society is releasing the calendar to coincide with the re-release of “Punxsutawney Centennial: 1849-1949.”

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79

December 18, 2010

Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Pembroke Pines, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.

She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.

Mrs. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

Blake E. Knapp, 69

December 18, 2010

Blake E. Knapp, 69, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Cooksburg, a son of the late Meade and Elva (Sharp) Knapp.

Mr. Knapp was engaged to be married to Boots Ovenshire.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for 33 years at PennDOT and was a member of the Brookville Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Knapp was a retiree from Union Treasury of Indiana/PennDOT, the treasurer of the Heath Township Sportsman Club and a member of the F.O.E. No. 983 in Brookville.

Kenneth M. Weaver, 71

December 18, 2010

Kenneth M. Weaver, 71, Home, passed away Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the Armstrong County Hospital.

He was born in 1939, in Smicksburg, a son of the late Milo Weaver and Maxine (Cornman) Weaver, who survives.

Mr. Weaver was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis, having served in the U.S. Army.

He received a BS degree from IUP, a master’s degree from Duquense University, and he was also a graduate of Oklahoma Farriers College.

Sara L. Wells, 89

December 18, 2010

Sara L. Wells, 89, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at McKinley Heath Center, Brookville.

She was born April 21, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alberta (Cochran) Hawley.

Oct. 28, 1938, she married Ambrose C. Wells, who preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1989.

Mrs. Wells was a member of the First Church of God and the Women of the Church of God.

She was a librarian at the church for a number of years.

December 16th

Newsome, defense propel Lady Raiders past Punxsy

December 17, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Brookville girls' basketball team was playing its fifth game in seven days to start the season, but its intensity level — especially on defense — didn't suffer at all Thursday night in Punxsutawney.

Sophomore Lanae Newsome led with 23 points and six steals, and the Lady Raiders never trailed during a 49-35 road victory over the Lady Chucks.

Brookville head coach Mark Powell was ecstatic for his Lady Raiders (4-1, 1-0 District IX League), saying that his squad played one of its better games this season.

Ivy Kiesling wishes for own SpongeBob clubhouse

December 17, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Ivy Kiesling has always dreamed of living under the sea, just like Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, and a few months ago, her dream came true, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

It took quite a lot of time and concern, however, before her wish could come true, but today, she welcomes guests, such as younger sister Haley, to her Pineapple Clubhouse in her back yard.

FINAL-DAY PUSH

December 17, 2010

Wish Kid Garrett Gardner (left) declares Thursday’s Make-A-Wish pledge total to be $23,000.57. If that’s impressive, just wait until today, WPXZ-FM 104.1 News Director Josh Widdowson (right) said. With extended coverage until 7 p.m. tonight, and the auction wrapping up, the final day of the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapter’s “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign will commence with great expectations, setting out just shy of seven wishes. Gardner also shared his swimming pool wish experience on the air. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

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