Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
PUNXUSTAWNEY Ââ 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 sheâs 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 âIlluminated: A Collection of Photographs & Writings.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The leftover turkey has been stored, and Thanksgiving 2011 is one for the recipe books and photo albums.
To that end, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and organizations stress to the shopping and traveling public that with so many events and attractions going on downtown Saturday, itâs possible to spend the whole day downtown.
So resist the impulse to travel elsewhere â north, south, east or west â and stick around for the weekend.
âA day full of events; people won't have to leave,â Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock said.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, Jefferson Countyâs Financial Planner Debbie Hackett announced there will be no tax increase for the coming year.
But this good news may not last long into the future.
âWe will not be having a tax increase at this point, but we have done some studies looking out in the future, and we canât say that thatâs necessarily going to go past this year,â Hackett said.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners approved to place the 2012 budget on display for 20 days, with final adoption scheduled for Dec. 13.
SYKESVILLE â Two new faces will be a part of a well-known community tradition this year â and it might be easy to spot them in the crowd.
Lee Foulkrod and Carol Smouse are the first women to join the Sykesville Lions Club since its inception.
This weekend, they'll be working the 58th-annual Pancake Fry alongside their male counterparts.
"I remember saying to Mark (Zimmerman, current Sykesville Lions Club President), I thought it was just all men," Smouse said. "And he (said), 'No, women can join, we just don't have any.'"
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the guidance and designs of a Penn State landscape designer, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle is looking at enhancements at Punxsutawney Philâs Groundhog Day home â and what better place to start than the location where fans and guests enter Gobblerâs Knob.
Tuesday, the club held a public awareness and input meeting to provide information about a $9,000 landscape design matching grant from the PA Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Tuesday, two men â both in wheelchairs â injured in a Sept. 22 shooting testified against the man who allegedly shot them in Punxsyâs Cranberry Alley, with District Judge Douglas Chambers finding a prima facia and setting the stage for trial in Common Pleas Court.
At the end of a continued preliminary hearing for the suspect, Christopher L. Thornhill, defense attorney Fred Hummel said one of the victims, Richard White Jr., testified that he never saw Thornhill with a weapon.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Braxton Amundsonâs friends and family now know the $10,000 secret he has been keeping for more than three months.
As those who watched the PAHS graduate on âThe Price is Rightâ Monday morning now know, Amundson â son of Eric and Vickie Amundson â had a chance to win $10,000 after he had the closest bid on a set of womenâs cosmetic products â which he also won.
As a contestant this past August on the show, Amundson had to correctly guess which four of six products presented were under $2.
BELL TOWNSHIP â There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Rikers Road, Bell Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 16-year-old female from Punxsutawney was stopped at the stop sign on Rikers Road facing west, waiting to make a left turn onto Route 119.
Police said she failed to see a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Rick Sherry, 50, Punxsutawney, and pulled out onto Route 119 in front Sherryâs vehicle, which was traveling north.
BIG RUN â Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last yearâs surplus of $57,635.
He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.
The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage: