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PUNXSUTAWNEY â There may be no free lunches, but there are free dinners at the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
The Rev. Brett Swanson, church pastor, said the churchâs congregation has committed to holding a free meal that is open to everyone the first Tuesday of every month.
This Tuesday's free dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., and everyone is asked to enter the church from the South Findley Street entrance, which is handicap accessible.
For more information, call 502-439-3861.
For the full story, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
The 2013 Home for the Holidays Parade delighted young and old alike Saturday evening with some spectacular floats and performers.
This yearâs parade was sponsored by Punxsutawney Eagles Club, and the Walston Club sponsored the fireworks that followed.
After the parade, Santa visited with children at the Eagles, where the parade winners were announced.
For more photos and a full list of winners, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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 17, 1897
The New Church at Anita
On Saturday night, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club held its annual announcement ceremony for the winners of the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square following the Home for the Holidays Parade.
Since 2007, local organizations have decked out their Christmas trees, and the Rotary Club â along with the program's sponsors â have aided those organizations with cash prizes for their participation.
"Christmas Around the World" was the 2013 theme, showcasing visual and artistic representations of different Christmas traditions in other countries.
This year's annual Home for the Holidays Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
It will begin at the Punxy Plaza and march to Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ÂÂâ Christmas has been described as a "magical" time of year,
and if you're looking to capture some of that magic, you might want to take in a performance of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God (FCOG) in Punxsutawney.
Free tickets will be available beginning Monday for this year's edition of the Living Christmas Tree at the church, located at 23 Skyview Drive.
For ticket details and performance times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you started your Christmas shopping as of yet? Even if you have, then you might want to add some more names to your list
from Mulberry Square in Punxsy.
Vickie Amundson, Mulberry Square activities director, said they are holding a Christmas party on Dec. 23, and Santa Claus will be coming to bring gifts to all of the residents.
"We're looking for the community to purchase gifts for Santa to give to the residents so that everybody has one," Amundson said, adding that for this party, the gifts will all come from the community.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Josh Greenblatt.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Josh Greenblatt is a recognizable face. You may recognize him as the owner of Vision Creative Solutions, or perhaps you have seen him coaching Little League down at the baseball complex.
Outdoor Christmas decorations just like this inflatable snowman may be popping up all over Punxsy soon, as Agape Student Housing is sponsoring an outdoor decorating contest.
For details, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ At a recent meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council granted approval to a request from the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce for free parking in the downtown area during the holiday season.
Approval was granted for free parking in downtown from Saturday through Dec. 31.