November 24th, 2011
Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and as I stood in the driveway in my slippers, tossing around a football with my younger cousins and wishing I hadn't eaten so much, the spirit of the holiday was on my mind.
For me, the meaning of Thanksgiving is twofold. First, it is about counting my many blessings one-by-one. But secondly, it's about being thankful for the memories I've been able to share with those who couldn't join us for this holiday celebration.
Joseph Pisano Jr., 18, of Rossiter, shot this 177 pound female black bear, his first, Nov. 21 in Hamilton while hunting with his grandpa Fred Pennington, also of Rossiter. Black bear season ended Wednesday, but local hunters aplenty will take to the woods Monday as white-tailed deer season kicks off.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“ The leftover turkey has been stored, and Thanksgiving 2011 is one for the recipe books and photo albums.
To that end, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and organizations stress to the shopping and traveling public that with so many events and attractions going on downtown Saturday, itâ€™s possible to spend the whole day downtown.
So resist the impulse to travel elsewhere â€” north, south, east or west â€” and stick around for the weekend.
â€śA day full of events; people won't have to leave,â€ť Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock said.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, Jefferson Countyâ€™s Financial Planner Debbie Hackett announced there will be no tax increase for the coming year.
But this good news may not last long into the future.
â€śWe will not be having a tax increase at this point, but we have done some studies looking out in the future, and we canâ€™t say that thatâ€™s necessarily going to go past this year,â€ť Hackett said.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners approved to place the 2012 budget on display for 20 days, with final adoption scheduled for Dec. 13.
SYKESVILLE â€” Two new faces will be a part of a well-known community tradition this year â€” and it might be easy to spot them in the crowd.
Lee Foulkrod and Carol Smouse are the first women to join the Sykesville Lions Club since its inception.
This weekend, they'll be working the 58th-annual Pancake Fry alongside their male counterparts.
"I remember saying to Mark (Zimmerman, current Sykesville Lions Club President), I thought it was just all men," Smouse said. "And he (said), 'No, women can join, we just don't have any.'"
Dr. Blair D. Drummond, 91, New Bethlehem, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John C. and Lula Mae (McHenry) Drummond.
He married Mildred Barefoot Drummond, his wife of 62 years, who preceded him in death in 2009.
Mr. Drummond was a founding member of the Grace Baptist Church in New Bethlehem.
He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
James D. Himes, 80, Punxsutawney, formerly of Ringgold, Passed away Nov. 23, 2011, at home.
He was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Ringgold, the son of the late Lennie and Hazel (Reed) Himes.
Sept. 11, 1954, he married Maxine Minnich who survives.
Mr. Himes was a former member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church; a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War; and a retired employee of Season-All in Punxsutawney.
Cleda (Lettie) Hutchins, 86, Brookville, formerly a long-time resident of Elm Street in Indiana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Porter, a daughter of George M. and Mary G. (Doverspike) Lettie.
She was married for 52 years to Harold E. Hutchins, who preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1994.
Mrs. Hutchins was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and being with her beloved dogs.
Colder temperatures and snowflakes in the recent weeks are a reminder that the changing of the seasons is soon coming. Although the temperatures indoors are still nice and cozy, the sound of bouncing basketballs echoing through the hallways of PAHS are a reminder that the winter sports season is quickly approaching, as well. For many of the athletes, the changing of the seasons means a shift from football, soccer or golf to basketball or wrestling, but for others, they are suiting up for their first PAHS athletics activities of the school year.
Charles A. Bennett, 55, Mahaffey, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Feb. 5, 1956, in Clearfield, a son of Freda (Lee) Bennett, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Orvis Bennett.
Mr. Bennett was a 1973 graduate of Purchase Line High School. He was the owner and operator of Bennettâ€™s Body Shop for more than 35 years.
He was an avid turkey hunter and a loving son, brother and true friend who will be truly missed.