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December 14th

Dan ‘The Packer Man’ will don Black & Gold for Make-A-Wish

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So far, SS.C.D. School has raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign, but according to Principal Jessica Newcome, today will “make a big difference.”

The students’ challenge: Convince SS.C.D. employee — and Punxsy’s biggest Green Bay Packers fan — Dan Prutznal to at least appear to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

As Prutznal will surely tell you, his beloved Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XIV. But today, he will will wear one piece of Steelers attire for every $25 the students raise.

Bright Christmas mornings ahead, thanks to Toys for Tots

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The Toys for Tots distribution was held Wednesday at Gobblers Knob by Community Action Inc., so children will receive gifts for Christmas.

Community Action has been the primary sponsor, along with the U.S. Marine Corps, for more than 10 years in Jefferson County, said Janeen Love, Senior Corps RSVP director.

Love said there were a total of 160 families from Jefferson County who were helped by Toys for Tots, with a total of 330 children who will receive gifts.

SINGING FOR MAKE-A-WISH

December 15, 2011

SS.C.D. Choir Director Arlene Stewart directs the students while they sing Christmas carols at Mulberry Square Wednesday afternoon. Both Mulberry Square and SS.C.D. have raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

December 13th

County holds line on 2012 taxes

December 14, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted the county's final operating budget for 2012, which calls for no tax increase.

It was amended only slightly from the proposed budget, which was advertised three weeks ago.

According to Director of Finance & Human Resources Debby Hackett, she anticipated a deficit of $53,752 at the end of 2012 in the proposed budget; however, some changes were made in both "increased revenues, and some reduction in expenditures," slashing the deficit by about $13,000, she said.

Local officials discuss dangers of texting while driving

December 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pennsylvania recently became the 31st state to enact a ban on the use of any kind of hand-held texting device by drivers.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law, which will take effect March 8.
Calling and texting devices are the worst of a growing set of attractive distractions facing drivers. Corbett said he was pleased to help outlaw a practice that he sees regularly just from the window of his car as he travels the state.

December 12th

Punxsy Hotel fire investigation continues

December 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two days after a devastating fire destroyed a borough landmark, officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that nearly leveled the Punxsy Hotel along North Findley Street.

Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal, said he was “looking for clues as to how the fire began” Monday in the kitchen area of the Smuggler’s Inn, which is attached to the Hotel.

Fedigan’s contract approved for another four years

December 13, 2011

Council: No tax increase in 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan was granted a new four-year contract at Monday's meeting, but it was not unanimous.

The vote was four council members in favor of the motion — Susan Glessner, Donna Lellock, William Spencer and Roger Steele — with Larry Chenoga and Mike Porada voting no.

Council member Robert Reesman did not vote, as he had left the meeting early due to illness.

Also at Monday's meeting, council:
• Approved the 2012 budget with no tax increase.

Wish Kid reaches for the sky with gift that keeps on giving

December 12, 2011

BROOKVILLE — With only a smile and very few words, nine-year-old Michael Goddard can light up a room and make anyone feel special.

"He says hi to everybody," Paula Goddard said of her son, Michael. "No matter what they look like, or how old they are, or what color they are, it doesn't matter."

Michael has Down syndrome, and because of this, he has difficulty speaking.

But he doesn't let that get in the way of showing others love and compassion.

"He's really special," Paula said. "He's taught us a lot, on how to love unconditionally — just to accept people for who they are."

December 11th

Landmark building burns down in Saturday blaze

December 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.

“Today was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,” Toie said Sunday night. “We wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'

Punxsy teen takes Wish trip to Florida, swims with dolphins

December 11, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Ever since Emily Keth, 16, of Punxsy, was a little girl, she has been obsessed with dolphins. She would decorate her with room with pictures of the creatures and dreamed of one day being able to swim with them.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that dream came true.

In April 2011, doctors found three blood clots in Emily's brain, which caused her to lose 83 percent of her vision. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a blood-clotting disorder that will affect her for the rest of her life.

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