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December 7th

Local veterans recognize Pearl Harbor anniversary

December 8, 2012

BIG RUN — VFW Post 9044 of Big Run and the Ladies’ Auxiliary held a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor Day — an annual recognition of the Dec. 7 attack by the Japanese that led to American involvement in World War II — on Friday, the 71st anniversary of the event, at the Big Run War Memorial.

The main speaker for the evening was VFW Post Chaplain Gene McKee, who is a veteran of World War II and also delivered the invocation and benediction for the event.

Reynoldsville Area Business Association names Jackie Stitt Citizen of the Year

December 8, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — The Reynoldsville Area Business Association bestowed its Citizen of the Year award upon local resident Jackie Stitt at the organization’s Eighth Annual Holiday Gala at the Bellamauro Social Hall this past Sunday.

It also distributed two college scholarships and recognized a retiring community businessperson before the afternoon was over.

DAR MEMBERS HELP TIE OTHERS TO HERITAGE

December 8, 2012

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Volunteer Field Genealogists, along with junior member Santana “Tana” Olp, presented a workshop on Dec. 1 in Titusville, Pa.

Instruction was given on the proper preparation of applications, accepted proof documents and suggested resources and methods of proving a Revolutionary War patriot.

A PowerPoint presentation gave participants an overview of how to use the public DAR website to find a Revolutionary War Patriot.

Make-A-Wish Annual Light Up a Child’s Life Campaign hits the airwaves Monday

December 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It just wouldn’t feel like the Christmas season in Punxsutawney without the magic of Make-A-Wish in the air.

Make-A-Wish invites the members of the local community to help give the gift of a wish-come-true to a local child with a life-threatening medical condition this week, as it kicks off its Annual Light Up A Child’s Life holiday campaign.

Monday through Friday, Make-A-Wish will be doing live radio broadcasts from remote locations around the area.

The schedule is as follows:

December 6th

Back to the boot: Firefighters to collect for local food banks this weekend

December 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will have their boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at major intersections throughout town for the 29th annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.

Boot drive collections will take place in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall, West Mahoning; Central Fire Hall, East Mahoning, Hampton Avenue and Front Street intersection; and Elk Run Fire Company, at the intersection of Elk Run and Graffius avenues.

Groundhog Club encouraging giving spirit with Elderly Care Drive

December 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When it comes to the small town of Punxsutawney, one thing is for certain: It is a town where many do their best to lend a helping hand.

As the holiday season nears, we see the Make-A-Wish organization preparing to make the wishes of local children come true. We have the Toys for Tots program providing gifts for local children.

And now, the town has added another special something to its Christmas spirit — one for the elderly residents of Punxsy.

This year, for the first time, the Groundhog Club will be having a Holiday Elderly Care Gift Basket Drive.

IUP holds Toys for Tots dinner

December 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the school term is winding down toward break, the IUP-Punxsy campus held its annual Toys for Tots Dinner event Thursday night to celebrate its season of giving.

The event was open to the public as well as students.

The cost was $7 per person, plus attendees were to bring an unwrapped toy.

IUP Dining was in charge of the dinner and prepared a delicious meal of prime rib with shrimp, potatoes and green beans. Dessert and beverages were also served.

December 5th

County Market thanked for rolling out the Red Kettle year after year

December 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Salvation Army presented Fezell's County Market with an award for its many years of hosting the Red Kettle campaign at Christmastime.

The Salvation Army is recognizing Tim Fezell and Fezell's County Market with a plaque because they are supporting the community in all that they do, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.

"Not only do they host the Red Kettle every year, they also prepare the bagged food that is distributed at Christmas," he said.

Borough to trim trees in Barclay Square

December 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety Committee discussed tree trimming in Barclay Square at Tuesday's meeting.

"Council suggested that numerous trees in the park require some maintenance," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.

White said it has been suggested that the borough bring in Scott Sjolander from Penn State Cooperative Extension to evaluate the trees in the park and which ones need to trimmed.

Sjolander walked through the park with White, Larry Chenoga, council president, and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, he said.

December 4th

School Board holds annual reorganization meeting

December 5, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY– The Punxsutawney Area School Board held their reorganization meeting Tuesday evening in Punxsutawney, with very little looking different after the meeting than it did before.

Current board President Gary Conrad was re-elected and will continue to be president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board for 2013.

Vice President Francis Molinaro was re-elected as well and will continue to be vice-president for the next year.

During the reorganization meeting, board members made a decision as to when their 2013 meetings would be held.

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