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December 16th

RESPONDERS BATTLE BANKS TWP. FIRE

December 17, 2012

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.

Students drink up fun, milk at Ag Night

December 17, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The first Ag Night held last week at the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria was quite a “moo-ving” 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.

WEATHER CENTER DONATION

December 17, 2012

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.

Way Back When

December 17, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
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.

December 14th

They did it again: Community puts up another big number for Make-A-Wish

December 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In what has become a Christmas tradition for not only Punxsutawney but the surrounding area, The 2012 Make-A-Wish "Light up A Child's Life" Campaign concluded Friday in the lobby of the Pantall Hotel after another successful year.

Al Lockwood, Renda Radio Inc. program director, and Tiffany Bennett, a long time "Wish Kid" announced during the wrap-up on WPXZ 104.1 that this year's campaign raised $66,515.68.

Area churches offering their Christmas messages this weekend

December 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY —There are numerous ways to show one’s holiday spirit, and this weekend, the churches of Punxsutawney are offering a variety of those expressions.

Two churches in particular — the First United Methodist Church and the Punxsutawney Alliance Church — are hosting their own programs to deliver the Christmas message this weekend.

For weeks, the First United Methodist Church Choir has been practicing, hard at work for its program, titled “Come, Let Us Worship the King.”

Fire crews respond to storage building fire Friday

December 15, 2012

Punxsutawney firefighters managed to knock down a fire before it got started in a building that was used for storage by Brian Horner's HPS Tire on South Gilpin Street extension, Punxsutawney, at 9:47 p.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, a small fire was discovered in back of the brick structure that is located across from Horner's business.

Foam was used by Elk Run's engine to smother the potential blaze.

December 13th

25 PAHS students inducted into National Honor Society

December 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday night, the National Honor Society inducted new members with 25 Punxsutawney Area High School students being recognized.

The program began at 7 p.m. with an introduction by High School Principal David London.

The public was then introduced to the National Honor Society advisors, who received a thank-you for all their help.

National Honor Society advisors include Dr. Keith Wolfe, superintendent; David London, PAHS principal; Darren Hack, assistant principal; and Russell Bishop and Josh Conrad, teachers.

MAKE-A-WISH TO ‘LIGHT UP’ LAST DAY OF ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

December 14, 2012

The fourth day of the Make-a-Wish "Light up a Child's Life" campaign brought the organization closer to reaching its goal.

Thursday morning from 7 to 9 a.m., the campaign once again teamed up with WPXZ and reached out to the listeners, as well as students of the Punxsutawney Area High School and Middle School.

At 9 a.m., the Wish crew settled in at the Pantall Hotel. Al Lockwood, program director of Renda Radio, challenged local businesses to make a pledge and to see which business would donate the most.

Christmas Village free shopping event set for Sunday at Brookville Lanes

December 14, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The second annual Christmas Village free shopping event will return to Brookville on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brookville Lanes bowling alley, and opportunities to donate and volunteer are still available for the remainder of the weekend.

The event first appeared in Brookville last year, the brainchild of Brookville Lanes owner Mike Dusch and several other individuals with whom he attended church. The decision was made to hold it at Brookville Lanes because “we have the room,” Dusch said.

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