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December 5th

Peffer nabs his first buck

December 6, 2011

Ryan Peffer, of Big Run, brought down this 150-pound four-point, his first buck, at 4:20 p.m. Saturday while hunting in Indiana County.

Emhoff lands six-point

December 6, 2011

Chandler Emhoff, 13, of Worthville, harvested this 150-pound, six-point buck at 4:30 p.m. last Monday while hunting near Lantz's Bottom.

Lingenfelter bags her first buck

December 6, 2011

Kylee Lingenfelter, 11, of Punxsutawney, shot her first buck — a 140-pound seven-point — Saturday at 8 a.m. while hunting in the Ringgold area.

Local woman signs up for bone marrow registry; receives call for help years later

December 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rachelle Bray knew the odds were rare.

But she wasn’t sure how rare — 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.

“Everybody is unique,” Bray, who is a cardiopulmonary technologist for the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, said. “To find two people, and their blood is that similar, it’s exciting.”

Motorists to use new traffic signals in March at latest

December 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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

December 6, 2011

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.

December 4th

LOCAL BAGS FIRST BUCK

December 5, 2011

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 vets remember Pearl Harbor

December 5, 2011

BIG RUN — "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 — 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.

Punt, Pass, Kick

December 5, 2011

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.

Way Back When

December 5, 2011

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(April 15, 1896)

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