Archive - 2012 - News Article
BIG RUN â The Big Run Volunteer Fire Companyâs "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday not â¨only allowed children to deliver their Christmas wish lists personally to the jolly old elf, but also â¨raised funds for two Big Run-area non-profit organizations and provided everyone with a delicious breakfast.
"This is the second year for 'Breakfast with Santa,' and we collected a total of $902.60 from hungry people in the Big Run area," said Rick Smith, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire company vice â¨president.
Members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently enjoyed packing 50 cheerful holiday stockings that they, in turn, distributed to senior members (80 and above) throughout the area from Brockway to Falls Creek to Reynoldsville, Big Run, Brookville, Punxsutawney and other communities. Each stocking contained a small stuffed animal, a notepad and pencil, a Yuletide hand towel, twin packs of Kleenex, small chocolate bars, a fresh clementine, a holiday cup or mug and a greeting card.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society has once again graced the community with its wonderfully fascinating exhibits.
This year, at their Christmas Open House, the society brought a variety of exhibits, all pertaining to the history of our town.
ROSSITER â The Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 honored two of its members with honorable lifetime memberships at their annual Christmas party Friday at the legion hall in Rossiter.
"We honored Shawn Guidish and Dick Bubb with honorable lifetime memberships for their hard work and dedication to the club over the years," said Barbara Mack, of the Rossiter American Legion.
Preparing for the worst but praying for the best
The horrific scenes of what took place on Dec. 14 at Sandy Creek Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were broadcast worldwide within minutes.
These were unimaginable events that have left everyone wondering how something like this could happen.
In situations such as this, I believe we never truly understand the circumstances that lead someone to resort to such heinous and destructive behavior.
A fire destroyed a trailer located at 4015 Millstone Rd. in Banks Township that was used for storage at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.
Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Lucas said the trailer, owned by Deb and Gregory Patterson, was on the ground when firefighters arrived on scene.
Lucas said it took about an hour to put out the hotspots. Glen Campbell was assisted at the scene by Rossiter, Big Run, Commodore and Burnside Volunteer Fire Departments.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The first Ag Night held last week at the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria was quite a âmoo-vingâ experience for elementary students.
"This was the first Ag Night that was put on by the members of the
Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club," said Chad Stiteler, PAHS technology education and woodworking teacher and Ag Club advisor.
Stiteler said the primary focus was on the dairy industry, which is the closest agriculture in the local area.
"It's the agriculture the kids see the most of," he said.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center received a donation of $2,500 from the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) last week.
Josephine Posti, of PAWC, said this was one of 20 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grants the water company was handing out to qualifying businesses and organizations, allowing them to offset some of their tax obligations to benefit educational organizations in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Sam Smith (far right), speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the Weather Center qualifies as an educational improvement organization.
(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.)
November 18, 1896
Fatal Nitro-Glycerine Explosion
A magazine contained nitro-glycerine, dynamite and other hight explosives, situated about two miles northwest of Johnsonburg, was blown up last Saturday afternoon.
The explosion was something terrible, over 200 quarts of nitro-glycerine being in the magazine.