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November 29th

New wildlife conservation officer fulfilling life-long dream

November 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just as western Pennsylvania has been inundated with deer hunters this week, it’s the job of Jefferson County’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.

“This is my dream job, the best job in the world,” said Andy Troutman, of Summerville, the new WCO for the southern portion of Jefferson County.

No gifts, please: Local girl asked guests to donate to Toys for Tots

November 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Taegan Ludwig had all the traditional birthday party favors: Cake, multiple guests, a DJ and gifts.

There was one big difference though: The gifts weren’t for Taegan.
For Taegan’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 “greedy” receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.

“Instead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,” she said.

November 28th

Buck hunters hit the woods

November 28, 2011

Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season weren’t exactly ideal, but that didn’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.

OFFICIALLY THE HOLIDAYS

November 28, 2011

One of the highlights of this past weekend’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 club’s annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.

November 27th

Punxsy welcomes Christmas with Home for the Holidays parade

November 28, 2011

Parade winners:

• Floats – First: AmeriCorps; Second: Fezell’s County Market; and Third: The Newcome family.

• Fire Trucks — First: Central Fire Department Rescue; and Second: Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company.

• Performance — First: Punxsutawney Area Twirling Stars; Second: Punxsutawney Area High School Marching Band; and Third: Thistle & Pine, Marion Center.

• Vehicle — First: STA Krise Bus; Second: Past & Present Machinery Association; and Third: Clarion County Shriners.

Truck smashes into building

November 28, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

November 28, 2011

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(April 15, 1896)

Notice

November 25th

Rifle season starts Monday in area

November 25, 2011

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday — the Monday after Thanksgiving — 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.

Circle of Trees to brighten up Barclay Square

November 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Wish assistant’s book tells the world: Open your eyes

November 25, 2011

PUNXUSTAWNEY ­— More than any time in her life, Patti Lellock says now, her eyes are wide open, and recently, she completed a book to show readers what she’s seeing through the lens of a camera and feeling in her heart.

Lellock, who has served as a wish assistant for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 10 years, recently completed and published “Illuminated: A Collection of Photographs & Writings.”

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