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December 6th

Smith, Aging Service warn seniors about possible scam

December 7, 2011

INDIANA — Both the Indiana County Aging Services Inc. and state Rep. Sam Smith are warning local seniors about a scam in which some people are being led to believe they must pay to file a claim that in fact is free of charge.

“Each year, thousands of Pennsylvania’s senior citizens benefit from the rebates they receive through the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program,” Smith said in a statement.

He reminds area seniors through his 66th District — which includes Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties — that it is not necessary to pay a private entity to fill out an application.

Pedestrian treated for injuries after accidental strike

December 7, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A pedestrian who was accidentally struck by a vehicle at 5 p.m. Tuesday while walking through the Groundhog Plaza parking lot was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to Punxsy Borough Police, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up driven by Gregory Forrest, 20, Punxsutawney, accidentally struck Amy Trithart, 36, Reynoldsville, while she was walking through the parking lot.
Police said that Trithart was transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital by Jefferson County EMS for treatment of unknown injuries.

December 5th

Local woman signs up for bone marrow registry; receives call for help years later

December 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Rachelle Bray knew the odds were rare.

But she wasn’t sure how rare — not until she received a phone call in June, and the voice on the other line said she was a match.

There is only a one in 20,000 chance that someone could be an unrelated, compatible bone marrow donor, according to the American Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

And Bray was that one.

“Everybody is unique,” Bray, who is a cardiopulmonary technologist for the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, said. “To find two people, and their blood is that similar, it’s exciting.”

Motorists to use new traffic signals in March at latest

December 6, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Work continues on the downtown traffic signal replacement project, but the new traffic signals will not be placed into service until the beginning of March.

Motorists who travel through downtown Punxsutawney will notice that the new traffic light poles and mast arms are being installed throughout Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney by Power Contracting, Kirby Starr, PennDOT project inspector, said.

December 4th

Big Run vets remember Pearl Harbor

December 5, 2011

BIG RUN — "Seventy years ago, Dec. 7, 1941, the sky over Pear Harbor, Hawaii, was filled with Japanese planes.

"When the last wave of attacking aircraft rejoined the Japanese fleet, 1,178 Americans lay wounded, and 2,403 lay dead or dying, and a great portion of the U.S. was in shambles.

"Thus began America's entry into World War II — five years that changed the world," Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 Commander James Pallone said at a memorial service Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial, to remember those who were lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor.

Punt, Pass, Kick

December 5, 2011

Dressed in Steeler gear with her Terrible Towel at her side, Punxsutawney Area School District fourth-grader Laney Monroe makes a pass during the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Monroe placed fourth overall in the competition. Her father, Travis Monroe, said the individual results had not yet been released Sunday night.

Way Back When

December 5, 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)

A FAMILY OF JUMPERS
An Amusing Incident Which
Happened While at Dinner

December 2nd

Wish kids’ dreams come true with Disney on Ice stars

December 3, 2011

INDIANA — Every day, Brenda Hays is inspired by her daughter, Christy.
A 14-year-old student at DuBois Area Senior High (DASH), Christy spends her time as if she has nothing holding her back.

An honor roll student, Christy volunteers her time at Christ the King Manor, playing games with the residents and also making crafts.
She is currently knitting blankets to donate to the local police departments and the ambulance service for trauma situations and accidents.

She's also greatly involved in 4-H, hoping it'll put her on the right track to a career in veterinary science.

Solid Waste Authority seeks donations for coming year

December 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Continuing to grapple with the loss of its administrative fee, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is seeking donations from willing townships and municipalities.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the authority, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper reported the amount of donations coming into the authority for 2012 is more promising than figures from 2011.
For 2012, $9,525 has been committed to date.

December 1st

WW II vet happy to see national memorial while he is able

December 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two members of VFW Post 9044, Big Run, recently returned from a visit from Washington, D.C., to view the World War II Memorial and other memorials commemorating other fallen soldiers.

Robert Lott and his wife, Ann, had visited the memorial while it was still under construction. It opened in 2004.

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