Archive - Dec 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Rachelle Bray knew the odds were rare.
But she wasnâ€™t sure how rare â€” not until she received a phone call in June, and the voice on the other line said she was a match.
There is only a one in 20,000 chance that someone could be an unrelated, compatible bone marrow donor, according to the American Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
And Bray was that one.
â€śEverybody is unique,â€ť Bray, who is a cardiopulmonary technologist for the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, said. â€śTo find two people, and their blood is that similar, itâ€™s exciting.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Work continues on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, but the new traffic signals will not be placed into service until the beginning of March.
Motorists who travel through downtown Punxsutawney will notice that the new traffic light poles and mast arms are being installed throughout Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney by Power Contracting, Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector, said.
Toby Keith Travis, 37, Punxsutawney, died Dec. 3, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Jan. 24, 1974, in DuBois, a son of Kenneth C. Travis, who survives, of Reynoldsville, and Sally (Kennedy) Travis, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Travis was an artist who liked to draw.
An organ donor, he was also a member of the F.O. Eagles No. 1231.
Punxsutawney local Sammy Gigliotti, 12, took down this six-point buck, weighing in at 115 pounds, last Monday while hunting in Bell Township. This was Gigliotti's first buck.
BIG RUN â€” "Seventy years ago, Dec. 7, 1941, the sky over Pear Harbor, Hawaii, was filled with Japanese planes.
"When the last wave of attacking aircraft rejoined the Japanese fleet, 1,178 Americans lay wounded, and 2,403 lay dead or dying, and a great portion of the U.S. was in shambles.
"Thus began America's entry into World War II â€” five years that changed the world," Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 Commander James Pallone said at a memorial service Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial, to remember those who were lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor.
Dressed in Steeler gear with her Terrible Towel at her side, Punxsutawney Area School District fourth-grader Laney Monroe makes a pass during the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Monroe placed fourth overall in the competition. Her father, Travis Monroe, said the individual results had not yet been released Sunday night.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 15, 1896)
A FAMILY OF JUMPERS
An Amusing Incident Which
Happened While at Dinner
ROSSITER â€” Back in late October, Vernon Winebark, of Rossiter, received a call he's been waiting for the past nine years: One confirming that he was one-of-56 lucky hunters chosen to receive an elk license in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual license drawing.
Even better news came in that phone call when he was informed that he was one of just 18 hunters to receive a tag to bring down a bull this year.
INDIANA â€” Every day, Brenda Hays is inspired by her daughter, Christy.
A 14-year-old student at DuBois Area Senior High (DASH), Christy spends her time as if she has nothing holding her back.
An honor roll student, Christy volunteers her time at Christ the King Manor, playing games with the residents and also making crafts.
She is currently knitting blankets to donate to the local police departments and the ambulance service for trauma situations and accidents.
She's also greatly involved in 4-H, hoping it'll put her on the right track to a career in veterinary science.
BROOKVILLE â€” Continuing to grapple with the loss of its administrative fee, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is seeking donations from willing townships and municipalities.
At Wednesdayâ€™s meeting of the authority, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper reported the amount of donations coming into the authority for 2012 is more promising than figures from 2011.
For 2012, $9,525 has been committed to date.