Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâ€™s annual food drive, which this year will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Zimmerman, along with fellow Central Fire Department members Bob Hockinson and Warren Kellert, established the drive in 1983.
Zimmerman said they realized the Salvation Army â€” the only food bank in town at that time â€” had a need because people were hurting, just like today.
â€śWe felt it was a good thing to do, to help the Salvation Army once we took care of the people who just fell through the cracks,â€ť he said.
Punxsutawney Area High Schoolâ€™s National Honor Society inducted 20 new members during a ceremony Thursday evening. Four seniors and 16 juniors were welcomed into the academic society, which is founded upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, after meeting requirements of maintaining a 95-percent GPA and undergoing an application process. â€śThey really and truly have to be the best students in our school to be part of the National Honor Society,â€ť Principal David London said.
Friends and families of SS.C.D. School students filled Msgr. Wienker Hall Wednesday evening for the studentsâ€™ international Christmas program, â€śChristmas Around the World,â€ť which culminated with the youngsters circling the auditorium with their candles. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board wonâ€™t charge the Mathog Wrestling Club for its winter tournament until March, but it still realizes no solid decisions on tweaking the existing building usage fee rates.
Business Administrator Susan Robertson said Tuesday that the usage fees were changed this summer, and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said there are three categories: School groups, non-profit groups and for-profit groups.
â€śBut we want to define those categories more clearly and decide where everyone fits and develop a revised fee schedule, if needed,â€ť Robertson said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board again returned Gary Conrad as president and Francis J. Molinaro as vice-president during its annual reorganization meeting.
Conducting the early part of the meeting, Solicitor David Young accepted Jeff Martzâ€™s motion and Molinaroâ€™s second to nominate Conrad as president. The motion passed 6-3, with Martz, Molinaro, Conrad and board members Penny Pifer, Roberta Dinsmore and Lesa Conner voting n support.
Board members Bob Pascuzzo, Penny Pearce and Jack White voted against the motion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When in the need for more elbow room for meetings and conferences in the conference room at the Punxsutawney Area School Districtâ€™s Central Office, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe didnâ€™t look to a catalog or online: He looked to the Technology Education Department at PAHS.
Monday, the school board thanked and saluted 14 Tech Ed students for the speedy â€” yet quality â€” construction of two new tables for the conference room.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Even though winter has barely begun, snow removal in the downtown business district was a major part of a discussion at Tuesdayâ€™s Public Safety Committee meeting.
Shirley Sharp of PRIDE (Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing Enhancing) reminded the committee about the large piles of snow piled higher than the parking meters this past February, not only downtown, but throughout all other business districts.
CLOE â€” Thanks to a group of caring people, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cancer was able to go on the hunt of a lifetime.
Mark Hildebrand, of the Tom Siple Foundation, said that D.J. Honneffer and his dad, Daniel, of Ellwood City, were treated to a deer hunt Nov. 20 at Byrd Yeany Farms in Mayport.
Byrd Yeany III suggested that his dad, Byrd Yeany Jr., offer a hunt to a deserving individual.
BIG RUN â€” The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 and Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor Sunday at Big Runâ€™s War Memorial building.
The attack called the Hawaii Operation â€” or Operation Z, by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor by some Americans â€” was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
The next day, the United States declared war on Japan, resulting in its entry into the second World War.
(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.)
(January 22, 1896)
A New City Hall
Some of these fine days, when Punxsutawney gets to be a city of thirty thousand or more souls, and has big iron works, steel mills, nut and bolt works, wire mill, nail mill, and a through road to Pittsburg, all of which is not only possible but extremely probable, we will need a fine, large City Hall.