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Big Run celebrates Loyalty Day

April 29, 2012

BIG RUN — Sunday, Jefferson County residents gathered at the Big Run War Memorial to honor the annual celebration of the nation's Loyalty Day.

"Loyalty Day has become a permanent fixture on this great nation's calendar," VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone said. "Though the Communist threat has greatly subsided over the years, Loyalty Day has continued to be a day worth recognizing, to reaffirm the American principles of freedom and democracy."

Previously known as Americanization Day, Loyalty Day is celebrated May 1 every year.

Community Center now thriving after past financial hardship

April 29, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two years and nine months ago, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center almost closed due to financing issues.

Thinking about the possibility now, Mick Mumau, center board of
directors president, muses over what a difference two years can make.

It was immediately following the Groundhog Festival in 2009 that the center actually did shut down for two weeks, Mumau said, adding that it would have been bad news for the entire community had the closure been permanent.

May proclaimed as Older Americans Month

April 29, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.

This year’s theme — "Never Too Old to Play" — emphasizes the important role older adults play in sharing their experiences and wisdom and passing that knowledge to other generations in a variety of significant ways.

“Our goal is to encourage intergenerational activities,” said Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson

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