Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you think Black Friday is a sure sign that Christmas is coming, hereâ€™s another one: The Punxsy Salvation Army is holding its Red Kettle kickoff event today at County Market.
The biggest fund-raiser of the year for the corps is already down $3,000 from this time last year, said Captain Keith Jache, co-corps commander in Punxsy.
He said the kickoff will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Saturday, and is another way to let the community know that the kettles are in full swing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Just as western Pennsylvania has been inundated with deer hunters this week, itâ€™s the job of Jefferson Countyâ€™s new Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) to protect the lives of deer hunters and make sure they follow rules when it comes to the two-week rifle season.
â€śThis is my dream job, the best job in the world,â€ť said Andy Troutman, of Summerville, the new WCO for the southern portion of Jefferson County.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Taegan Ludwig had all the traditional birthday party favors: Cake, multiple guests, a DJ and gifts.
There was one big difference though: The gifts werenâ€™t for Taegan.
For Taeganâ€™s 10th birthday party, held Nov. 19, she asked her 40-some guests that instead of giving her gifts, they donate the gifts they had brought to Toys for Tots.
She said she felt â€śgreedyâ€ť receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.
â€śInstead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,â€ť she said.
Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season werenâ€™t exactly ideal, but that didnâ€™t stop Dustin Brooks (left) from successfully harvesting this 10-point, 150-pound buck at 7:38 a.m. Monday at the BB Ranch, Gaskill Township. Helping display the deer is his two-year-old daughter, Brielle Brooks (right). For more success stories from the first day of buck season, pick up today's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
One of the highlights of this past weekendâ€™s Home for the Holidays kickoff was the official lighting of the community Christmas tree in Barclay Square by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Guest are invited to check out the tree in person, as well as the entries in the clubâ€™s annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.
â€˘ Floats â€“ First: AmeriCorps; Second: Fezellâ€™s County Market; and Third: The Newcome family.
â€˘ Fire Trucks â€” First: Central Fire Department Rescue; and Second: Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
â€˘ Performance â€” First: Punxsutawney Area Twirling Stars; Second: Punxsutawney Area High School Marching Band; and Third: Thistle & Pine, Marion Center.
â€˘ Vehicle â€” First: STA Krise Bus; Second: Past & Present Machinery Association; and Third: Clarion County Shriners.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Smicksburg man was arrested on suspected DUI charges when the truck he was driving struck the front of the "old" Spirit building at 3:19 p.m. Sunday as he exited the Punxsy Hotel parking lot.
According to police, a GMC pickup truck driven by Fred K. Chambers, Smicksburg, was exiting the Punxsy Hotel parking lot when he reported coughing or sneezing, which may have caused his vehicle to accelerate across the north and southbound lanes, striking the office of LifeSpan Family Services of Pa., 111 North Findley St. on the ground floor.
(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 15, 1896)
HARRISBURG â€” Pennsylvaniaâ€™s only unofficial holiday â€” the Monday after Thanksgiving â€” marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange while canvassing the woods for that trophy buck.
Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2-A, 2-F and 3-B have been added to the split-season structure, in which the first five days are open for antlered deer only, and the remaining seven days are open for antlered and antlerless deer, said Jerry Feaser, Pennsylvania Game Commission public information officer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If your family is looking to begin a Christmas tradition, a good starting point would be with the Home for the Holidays parade followed by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club's traditional lighting of the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square tonight.
2006 was the first year that the Rotary Club constructed the large artificial tree on the bandstand in Barclay Square, said Tom Chelgren, of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.
They had such a great success with the large tree that the Rotary wanted to expand it to make Punxsutawney more attractive during the
Christmas season, he said.