BROOKVILLE â€” The large courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse was filled to near capacity Monday when residents of Snyder Township and Brockway attended a public hearing that addressed community concerns with the Just For Jesus Group Home, located in Snyder Township.
The Jefferson County Commissioners called the meeting in conjunction with the Snyder Township Supervisors to discuss the Just For Jesus ministry group home's ability to provide proper housing for its residents.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney resident recently shared his concerns with Punxsutawney Borough Council about PennDOT's new downtown traffic light system.
Joe Ferrara, of Church Street, expressed concern about cones set up in the middle of the sidewalk at every intersection, as well as two-inch conduit protruding about 18 inches above the sidewalk surface with wires.
Ferrara said that he was told by now-former council member Roger Steele that there would be control cabinets installed on the sidewalk.
JOHNSTOWN â€” Although the Lady Chucks were down by just five points at halftime Saturday against Bishop McCort, they were outscored 14-6 in the third and eventually fell 56-37.
"We have to eliminate the mental mistakes at crucial times," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "At the end of the third quarter, we had a couple of turnovers, and they got the lead up to 12 points, and that's pretty much where it stayed until the end of the ball game."
The game was close through the first two halves, with Bishop McCort leading only 11-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Lillian K. Swartzlander, 88, Luthersburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a short illness.
She was born Feb. 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Olive (Nolder) Kirk.
Aug. 13, 1954, she married Joseph Swartzlander, who preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2004.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council bid farewell to three exiting members, the fire chief and a retiring firefighter at last Monday's meeting.
Donna Lellock, Robert Reesman and Roger Steele attended their final meeting last Monday, as three new members will join council. The term of Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense expires at the end of the year, and Lindsey firefighter Joe Gianvito is retiring from active duty.
"We're not losing these people, as they will continue to serve the community in different ways," council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets officially opened for business Friday, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries.
"It's an honor to be standing in this place, thanks to a few people who had a vision," Rev. James E. Steingrass, president of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM) said prior to Friday's ceremony.
(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.)
(April 22, 1896)
Setting a Good Example
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In what has become a Punxsy holiday tradition â€” right up there with snowflake lights and the Barclay Square Christmas tree â€” local residentsâ€™ donations again topped those from last year during the Make-A-Wish Foundationâ€™s annual â€śLight Up a Childâ€™s Lifeâ€ť campaign.
As of early Friday evening, the tally for the week-long 2011 campaign was $79,447.86, topping the 2010 total of $73,285.
ANITA â€” Just ask Chris Moore, because thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, kids facing battles similar to his should be careful what they wish for.
After Chris, who as been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his family learned that he was eligible for a wish, his mother, Tammy, brought the paperwork to Wish Assistant Polly Mills.
Millsâ€™ question to the family was, when they would like to see Chrisâ€™ wish fulfilled.
â€śI didnâ€™t realize that was how it worked,â€ť Tammy said. â€śI thought it had to be approved by a board of some kind.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Route 36 Rivalry has seen its share of close games in every sport the schools participate in for years, and the latest chapter â€” Friday's boys' basketball game between the Chucks and the Raiders â€” was no disappointment, as Punxsy defeated Brookville 45-40 behind 24 points from Daniel Triponey and a three-pointer from Alex Fedigan that put the Chucks up for good with 13 seconds left.