PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At some point in 2011, a child saved his or her birthday money.
A group of teachers pitched in a couple of bucks to wear jeans to school on a Friday.
Spare change from the grocery store wound up in a special savings place, where it would eventually find its way to a greater good.
A high school senior dedicated his or her senior project to the cause.
And this coming week is when those who saved money, pitched in a few bucks, stashed some change and performed fund-raisers realize that it was all worth it to light up a childâ€™s life.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will have their boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at major intersections throughout town, collecting donations for area food banks.
Boot drive locations are in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall, West Mahoning; Central Fire Hall, East Mahoning, Hampton Avenue and Front Street intersection; and Elk Run Fire Company; at the intersection of Elk Run and Graffius avenues.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle members wonâ€™t be the only ones dressed to the nines.
Years after a non-Groundhog Day related charity ball had run its course, the Inner Circle will host the first-ever Groundhog Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 â€” just days before Groundhog Day â€” at the Punxsutawney Country Club (See the accompanying box for more).
The evening will include hors dâ€™oeuvres, a cash bar, music by Rudy & The Professionals and, of course, an appearance by Punxsutawney Phil.
Thomas â€śTomâ€ť L. DeFazio Sr., 65, DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Punxsutawney, the only son of the late James and Rose DeFazio.
He was married for 31 years to the late Frances E. DeFazio, joined in union Nov. 20, 1965. She preceded him in death April 15, 1997.
Mr. DeFazio was retired. He was previously employed by Owens-Illinois Brockway and was the owner and manager of DeFazioâ€™s Tasty Freeze in Brookville for 13 years.
Billy M. Shaffer, 82, Worthville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ringgold, a son of the late Arthur and Gussie (Shick) Shaffer.
He was married to Ethel W. (Goodheart) Shaffer, who preceded him in death May 14, 2001.
Church of God. The seniors â€” (from left) Tyler Presloid, Dane Roken, Tyler Young, Dan Triponey, Seth Gray and Quinten Weber â€” were recognized for their hard work and effort throughout the 2011 season. Seniors C.J. Langley and Justin Ray were not present at the banquet.
Shane Biesinger, 27, of Punxsutawney, bagged this nine-point buck, weighing in at 180 pounds, last Monday, which was the first day of rifle season. Biesinger was hunting in Sand Ridge at 8:45 a.m. when he took down this deer, his first.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just as the weather is beginning to turn frightful comes the news that PennDOT District 10 Jefferson County Maintenance is ready for Mother Natureâ€™s worst, with salt and anti-skid and snow plows.
The annual PennDOT plow inspection in last month went very well, said Paul Koza Jr., P.E., county maintenance manager.
Everything is ready to go, except for a few trucks that are receiving routine maintenance, Koza said.
All trucks are stationed at the county stockpile locations in Punxsutawney, Brookville, Emerickville, Brockway and Ringgold.
Itâ€™s the battle of titans the world has awaited for more than 100 years, beginning this winter and ending this coming spring.
In this corner, Punxsutawney Phil; in the opposite corner, science.
But Punxsutawney Area Middle School students taking part in a program to track the growth of tulips in various parts of the world â€” and taking into consideration the onset of spring â€” believe their hometown hero will emerge victorious.
â€śThey think they will be right along with Philâ€ť and his Feb. 2 prognostication, whatever it may be, said PAMS fifth-grade teacher Jeff Kuntz.
Betty M. Geer, 31, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Shreveport, La.
She was born June 23, 1980, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Leona M. Courson Geer, who survives, of Mayport, and the late David D. Geer.
Miss Geer attended Punxsutawney Area High School and Jeff Tech.
She was employed as a cleaning personnel staff and enjoyed fishing, spending time outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
She was a member of Latter Day Saints in Tropic, Utah.