PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The holiday season is upon Punxsutawney, and Barclay Squareâ€™s circle of patiently waiting pines is proof that Christmas is just around the corner.
This year will mark the Rotary Clubâ€™s fourth-annual Circle of Trees project. Placed Veteransâ€™ Day weekend, 19 artificial trees surround Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square, ready to be decorated by local non-profit groups and scheduled for illumination on â€śLight Up Nightâ€ť Saturday.
Jefferson Countyâ€™s three participants in the NFLâ€™s Punt, Pass & Kick event â€” (from left) Abby Jo Northey of Brookville, Laney Monroe of Punxsutawney and Blaise Carney of Reynoldsville â€” took part in the contest at the Steelersâ€™ training facility on the South Side and then took the field at halftime during the Steelers versus Raiders game Sunday at Heinz Field. Abby Jo took second in the 10-and-11-year-old girlsâ€™ division, while Laney took third in the eight-and-nine-year-old girlsâ€™ division. Blaiseâ€™s placement in the eight-and-nine-year-old boysâ€™ division was unavailable.