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Arman F. Bonante, 88

December 12, 2012

Arman F. Bonante, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Troutville, Pa., he was the son of the late Andrew and Pompa (Rubino) Bonante.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.

On June 24, 1944, he married Bessie M. (Frantz) Bonante. She survives.
For 53 years, he was the owner and operator of Bonante’s Garage in Sykesville.

He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Sykesville for many years.

Emory Elkin, 86

December 12, 2012

Emory Elkin, 86, of Smicksburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Forbes Regional Hospital.

He was born on March 11, 1926, in Loop, Pa., the son of Duff and Nellie (Marshall) Elkin.

Emory graduated from Dayton High School and was a member of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church.

He worked at Dow Chemical Company as a supervisor for 20 years and then at Little Mahoning Pipeline as a supervisor for 20 years before his retirement in 1991.

Chucks double up and bite Bulldogs hoops, 60-31

December 12, 2012

NEW BETHLEHEM — After suffering a disappointing Saturday night loss, Punxsy turned a potential letdown situation into feeding off the defeat instead.

The Chucks doubled up and took a bite out of the Bulldogs of Redbank Valley, 60-31, on Tuesday night in New Bethlehem.

Brandon Mancuso pumped in three triples and recorded a game-best 15 points. Devin Nicholson joined Mancuso in double figures with 12 points, including a pair of treys.

Forward Garrett Zimmerman missed a double-double by a single point, as he finished the night with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Keystone fends off Punxsy girls basketball, 55-47

December 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY ­— Resilient and tough proved to be the mix Tuesday night for the Punxsy girls’ basketball team. The Lady Chucks were both but the talented Lady Panthers of Keystone had just enough to fend off the pesky home team, 55-47, in Punxsutawney.

“If we could have had a jumper fall there a couple times, then we could have had a chance,” commented Punxsy coach Randy Reitz. “Playing a very good basketball team like Keystone will make us a better basketball team.”

Jefferson Co. Commissioners approve 2013 budget, including tax increase

December 12, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners reviewed and approved the 2013 county budget at their meeting on Tuesday.

The newly passed budget includes a tax increase.

The budget had been placed on display at the county offices for 21 days prior to the vote.

The tax increase clocks in at one quarter of a mill, which determines tax amounts based on property values.

By way of example, a property valued at $50,000 will now be party to a tax increase of $12.50 for the upcoming year.

Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Make-A-Wish campaign rolls through Tuesday

December 12, 2012

The second day of the Make-A-Wish Light Up a Child's Life campaign was highly successful Tuesday, as the two-day total raised now sits at $10,155.43.

Pictured is Al Lockwood, WPXZ announcer, interviewing Wish Kid Spencer Hatfield from Indiana at Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney on Tuesday.

Today, the Make-A-Wish crew will broadcast live from 7 to 9 a.m. at Caterina's at its new location in the ATA Transit Center; from the Pantall Hotel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and from Mulberry Square from 3 to 4 p.m.

Action lingering for alley between McDonald’s and former Hotel

December 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Solicitor Jay Lundy informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at its Monday meeting that he is still waiting for the paperwork to be completed by the landowners regarding the alley located between the former Punxsy Hotel property and McDonald's.

"The easements have been cleared regarding the property owners, and all of the paperwork is out to them (the Neals) and McDonald's," said Lundy, adding that there are three easements involved in vacating the alley.

Lundy said he hoped that he can have everything completed regarding the petition for the Jan. 14

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