Archive - 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 18 new members â four seniors and 11 juniors â during a ceremony held Thursday at the high school.
The new members bring the total number of students in the PAHS chapter to 34.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you think Black Friday is a sure sign that Christmas is coming, hereâs 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, itâs the job of Jefferson Countyâs 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.
âThis is my dream job, the best job in the world,â 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 werenât for Taegan.
For Taeganâs 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 âgreedyâ receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.
âInstead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,â she said.
Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season werenât exactly ideal, but that didnât 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 weekendâs 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 clubâs annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.
âą Floats â First: AmeriCorps; Second: Fezellâs County Market; and Third: The Newcome family.
âą Fire Trucks â First: Central Fire Department Rescue; and Second: Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
âą Performance â First: Punxsutawney Area Twirling Stars; Second: Punxsutawney Area High School Marching Band; and Third: Thistle & Pine, Marion Center.
âą 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 Pennsylvaniaâs 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.