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November 26th

Harold W. Schurr, 82

November 26, 2012

Harold W. Schurr, 82, passed into heaven in the early morning of Nov. 23, 2012, at Lillington Hospice with his bride, Annabell, by his side.

He was born on July 29, 1930, in Home, Pa., a son of George and Blanche Schurr.

Harold served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1951 during the Korean War, leaving with an honorable discharge.

He then joined the B&O Railroad and retired after 33 years of service.

He and his wife then decided to move to Sanford, N.C., to enjoy their retirement years.

Harold loved to fish and enjoyed several years of fishing in local lakes.

November 25th

Rotary lights up the night with Circle of Trees

November 25, 2012

Following the Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday, the Rotary Club held its annual Circle of Trees lighting event. Pictured are members of the PAHS 8th- and 9th-grade Art Club posing with their best overall tree.

Toys for Tots kicks off holiday campaign

November 25, 2012

It was a cold, snowy day in the town of Punxsutawney, but up at FEMCO's beautiful Gingerbread House, the holiday spirit was easy to find. Inside the house could be found all the wrapped toys that have already been donated — toys that will bring smiles to the faces of children in need. For Marine Doug Fricker, this is his eighth Toys for Tots event. Teaming up with Janeen Love, who is the Senior Corps RSVP Director at Community Action, they will gather and distribute the toys. Some examples of the toys they would like to receive are board games, dolls, action figures and even bicycles.

Home for the Holidays parade a hit

November 25, 2012

Saturday evening, the Home for the Holidays Parade, sponsored by the F.O. Eagles No. 1231, was held, entertaining all who attended. After Santa (pictured) came cruising into town to conclude the parade and a fireworks show was held, sponsored by the Walston Club, the winners were announced at an after party at the Eagles.

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.

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