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November 27th, 2012

PAMS’ Kuntz rewarded for creative curriculum

November 27, 2012

Punxsutawney Area Middle School teacher Jeff Kuntz was recently rewarded for his creative curriculum “Geometry: Survival Style” by First Energy’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) grant program with a $500 grant.

Kuntz’s curriculum intends to add some fun to the education process, and the grant will be used to defer the cost of books and materials.

Pictured during the check presentation are (from left) Richard Britten, PAMS Principal; Kuntz; and John Shimko, manager of external affairs, First Energy.

November 26th

Hunters hit the woods on first day of buck season

November 27, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The weather conditions were nearly perfect for the
opening day of Pennsylvania Buck hunting season, in which 750,000 were expected to head into the woods throughout the state in pursuit of a trophy buck.

It was described as a decent turnout for the first day in southern Jefferson County, according to Andy Troutman, Wildlife Conservation officer (WCO) for southern Jefferson County. He said while making his rounds throughout the county, he checked four or five decent-sized bucks out in the field.

Curtis’ personality shines through at work

November 27, 2012

Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.

FURNACE TROUBLE

November 27, 2012

Firefighters from the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company responded to a report of smoke in a house at approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday at 806 Milliron Dr., Gaskill Township.

Firefighters arrived on scene and discovered the smoke was due to a failure of a component inside the furnace in the home owned by Barbara Milliron.

The furnace was turned off and could not be turned back on before being serviced. Big Run firefighters were assisted at the scene by members of the Central Fire Department and Jefferson County EMS.

November 25th

Rotary lights up the night with Circle of Trees

November 25, 2012

Following the Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday, the Rotary Club held its annual Circle of Trees lighting event. Pictured are members of the PAHS 8th- and 9th-grade Art Club posing with their best overall tree.

Toys for Tots kicks off holiday campaign

November 25, 2012

It was a cold, snowy day in the town of Punxsutawney, but up at FEMCO's beautiful Gingerbread House, the holiday spirit was easy to find. Inside the house could be found all the wrapped toys that have already been donated — toys that will bring smiles to the faces of children in need. For Marine Doug Fricker, this is his eighth Toys for Tots event. Teaming up with Janeen Love, who is the Senior Corps RSVP Director at Community Action, they will gather and distribute the toys. Some examples of the toys they would like to receive are board games, dolls, action figures and even bicycles.

Home for the Holidays parade a hit

November 25, 2012

Saturday evening, the Home for the Holidays Parade, sponsored by the F.O. Eagles No. 1231, was held, entertaining all who attended. After Santa (pictured) came cruising into town to conclude the parade and a fireworks show was held, sponsored by the Walston Club, the winners were announced at an after party at the Eagles.

November 23rd

FCOG prepared to present 20th edition of Living Christmas Tree

November 24, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Home for the Holidays parade scheduled for tonight, and the free tickets will be available beginning Monday for the 20th edition of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

"In 20 years, the Living Christmas Tree has been performed to over 60,000 people from Punxsutawney and the surrounding area," said Mark Kephart, Living Christmas Tree director.

Kephart said that the LCT is a team effort by many members of the church congregation.

November 22nd

Proposed Jefferson County budget for 2013 includes tax increase

November 23, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The proposed 2013 budget for Jefferson County includes a tax increase, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.

The commissioners approved a motion to place the 2013 budget on display for 20 days with the vote for adoption scheduled for Dec. 11.

Though the statute requires the proposed budget to be on display for 20 days, it will actually be available for 21 when all is said and done. It is available to be viewed upon request.

Nutcracker, Home for the Holidays Parade centerpieces for 'magical' weekend in Punxsutawney

November 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend is set to be a magical one in Punxsutawney with an old tradition — the Home for the Holidays Parade — slated for Saturday evening, and while the magic can be found all over town, PRIDE's Nutcracker Weekend features what has become a holiday favorite in the area, with Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet's cast putting on another installment of the long-beloved performance.

Well-known for the vivid images of soldiers and dancers, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular performances in the tradition of ballet.

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