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Archive - Nov 2012

November 23rd

FCOG prepared to present 20th edition of Living Christmas Tree

November 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Home for the Holidays parade scheduled for tonight, and the free tickets will be available beginning Monday for the 20th edition of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

"In 20 years, the Living Christmas Tree has been performed to over 60,000 people from Punxsutawney and the surrounding area," said Mark Kephart, Living Christmas Tree director.

Kephart said that the LCT is a team effort by many members of the church congregation.

Ted Lee Harriger, 59

November 23, 2012

Ted Lee Harriger, 59, of Leander, Texas, died unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2012.

Ted was born in Brook-ville on Sept. 8, 1953, spent his childhood years growing up with his family in Sigel, Pa. and is a graduate of Brookville High School, Allegheny College and SUNY in Fredonia, N.Y. He moved to Texas after college to pursue his career as a 
geologist.

November 22nd

Proposed Jefferson County budget for 2013 includes tax increase

November 22, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The proposed 2013 budget for Jefferson County includes a tax increase, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.

The commissioners approved a motion to place the 2013 budget on display for 20 days with the vote for adoption scheduled for Dec. 11.

Though the statute requires the proposed budget to be on display for 20 days, it will actually be available for 21 when all is said and done. It is available to be viewed upon request.

Nutcracker, Home for the Holidays Parade centerpieces for 'magical' weekend in Punxsutawney

November 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend is set to be a magical one in Punxsutawney with an old tradition — the Home for the Holidays Parade — slated for Saturday evening, and while the magic can be found all over town, PRIDE's Nutcracker Weekend features what has become a holiday favorite in the area, with Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet's cast putting on another installment of the long-beloved performance.

Well-known for the vivid images of soldiers and dancers, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular performances in the tradition of ballet.

Big Run Scouts Taking part in Go-Green Recycling

November 22, 2012

The members of Big Run Cub Scouts Pack No. 250 are doing their part to help the environment.

Gruda Metals, owned and operated by Philip Bowser Jr., John Paul Bowser and Kay Bowser, will be supplying a roll-off dumpster to be placed in Big Run resident Timothy Boal's yard.

The scouts are asking fellow residents of not only Big Run but surrounding areas to bring any scrap metal they have, whether its a refrigerator, microwave or other appliances, to the dumpster.

Donald Dee Forrest, 66

November 22, 2012

Donald Dee Forrest, 66, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 8, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Arthur Clinton and Helen Jean (Grube) Forrest.

On Aug. 14, 1965, he married the love of his life, the former Nancy Arlene Vanhorn, who survives.

They met one another on a seesaw at Gobbler’s Knob while attending a FFA and FHA school picnic.

He was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God.

Don worked as a truck driver for many years until his blindness forced him to retire.

Antoinette Clemento, 85

November 22, 2012

Antoinette Clemento, 85, Punxsutawney, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born July 23, 1927, in Carnegie, a daughter of the late Ralph and Rose Clemento.

She was a member of the Holy Souls Roman Catholic Church of Pittsburgh.

She worked in retail sales for 40 years and retired from Keystone Shoes.

Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Lois Clemento
of Punxsutawney; two nephews, Richard Clemento and wife Mickey of Northern Cambria and Bill Clemento and wife Terry of Punxsutawney; a

Louise M. Smith, 90

November 22, 2012

Louise M. Smith, 90, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 10, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Esther (Vanderpool) Henneman.

On May 29, 1946, she married Blair E. Smith, who preceded her in death on April 15, 1978.

She formerly attended the Punxsutawney Church of God and the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.

She enjoyed puzzles and cooking, but most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren.

November 20th

Stellar Chucks soccer campaign saluted

November 20, 2012

Punxsy boys' soccer saluted its stellar 2012 season on Tuesday night at the Punxsy First Church of God. The Chucks' seniors posed for one more photo: (front row, from left) Mike Pascuzzo, Pat Defelice and Taylor Phillips; (back row) Brendan Knarr, Lance Deets, Trevor Peace and Ty Zimmerman.

For the full story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Bush's 'Monster Year' highlights Chucks football All-KSAC honorees

November 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In football, you have players that are the key to the team's success on offense or defense. The Punxsy football team saw one of its key players, Jamie Bush, post a "monster year" in his final one donning a Chucks uniform, on both offense and defense this fall.

The Punxsy Most Valuable Player, Bush, earned All-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School notarity at both fullback and linebacker along with teammates center Jordan London, defensive end Dan McLain, wide receiver Clayton Dale and slot back Dakota Byers.

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