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March 21st

Give blood, save a life in Big Run today!

March 22, 2013

Big Run VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive today at the Big Run Fire Hall. The drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m., and all blood types are needed. Pictured are members of VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary (front, from left) Josie McElwain, president of Post 9044 Auxiliary; Sara Fox, junior vice-president of Auxiliary; Ann Lott, Auxiliary trustee; (back) Charles Fox, honorary member; Gene McKee, chaplain; and Bob Lott, quartermaster of Post 9044.

Rotary Club’s 2013 multiphasic blood screening events just around the corner

March 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The always-popular annual blood screening events held by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club, along with Punxsutawney Area Hospital and its staff as medical provider, are coming to town soon.

The events will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 10 a.m., and again on Saturday, May 4, from 6 to 9:30 a.m.

The Punxsutawney Area Middle School cafeteria will be the site for both events.

Individuals interested in doing so can register for these valuable health screenings now by visiting the club’s website — www.punxsyrotary.com.

March 18th

S.E.E.D. opens ancient doorways to learning for children at Rainbow Express Nursery school

March 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's a subject that perks up the ears of almost every young child — DINOSAURS!

Over the course of the past week, the 4- and 5-year-olds at the Rainbow Express Nursery School have been studying dinosaurs, and last Friday, they were excited to receive a visit from an employee who works at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

They were even more excited when they learned that she was from the Dinosaur Detectives program.

The school received the visit as part of the Students Extra Educational Development (S.E.E.D.) Program, which is sponsored by Shop n' Save.

District attorney Burkett speaks about problem of heroin in Jefferson County

March 18, 2013

BROOKVILLE — In recent months, heroin abuse has acted as the centerpiece of a number of high-profile criminal cases in Jefferson County and the surrounding area, and many are beginning to ask: why, and what can be done to stop it?

On Thursday, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett attempted to answer some of those questions with his presentation of “Heroin in our Hometown” at the Heritage House in Brookville.

His speech explored the issue from his perspective serving as district attorney for more than 15 years now.

Ringgold truck/garage fire ruled accidental

March 18, 2013

RINGGOLD — The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Ringgold Area Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a 2005 Peterbilt Log Truck and damaged a 40-by-60-foot garage on March 16 at 4:17 p.m.

The fire originated in the engine compartment, a report issued by PSP-Punxsy said, and was determined to be the result of an accidental cause.

There were no injuries, and damage was estimated at $100,000.

The Hawthorne, Dayton, Perry Township and Oliver Township fire companies assisted the Ringgold Area Fire Department at the scene.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake throws a strike!

March 18, 2013

The "Bowl For Kids' Sake" event was held Saturday at Groundhog Lanes in Punxsy.

The event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County.

Here, Wyatt Albert, one of the youngest bowlers to participate, prepares for a strike.

Mabel L. Rishel, 85

March 18, 2013

Mabel L. Rishel, 85, Rossiter, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.

She was born Jan. 27, 1928, in Frostburg, a daughter of James C. and Amber (Hamilton) Jordan.

On Feb. 26, 1949, she married Albert J. Hudak, who preceded her in death on April 3, 1982.

She then married Lloyd Joseph Rishel on March 19, 1988. He also preceded her in death, on Oct. 16, 1995.

Mabel was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1946.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.

Larry "Joe" Joseph Sprankle, 53

March 18, 2013

Larry "Joe" Joseph Sprankle, 53, of York, Pa., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

He was born July 24, 1959, in Punxsutawney, a son of Larry G. and Judy (Niel) Sprankle.

He was married to the former Ruth Buchholz.

He was a plumber by trade.

March 17th

ROTARY AUCTION RAISES NEARLY $40,000

March 17, 2013

Saturday's weather was perfect for staying indoors and listening to the Punxsutawney Rotary's Radio Auction on WPXZ.

Shown broadcasting are (front, from left) Rotarians, Scott Neal, Jim Cassidy and Doug Chambers. Helping in the background is Michelle Stahlman and (far left) Bill Allemang.

Tom Chelgren, auction chair, said the rotary raised close to $40,000 during this year's auction.

Peepers’ Banquet pays tribute to London

March 17, 2013

BIG RUN — It seemed as if it was the same as it always was, but somehow it was different, as Big Run's "Frogman," the late John London, was honored at Sunday's Big Run Peepers’ Banquet.

"Tonight, we will not be honoring a man or a woman Citizen of the Year, but, instead, we will be honoring John H. London, commonly known as the 'Frogman,'" said Joe Buterbaugh, Big Run mayor.

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