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October 16th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you're driving around town Saturday and come upon a group of men who are in the road holding huge white canes, be advised it's the Punxsutawney Lions Club's annual "White Cane Day" collection.
"'White Cane Day' is an annual event that the Punxsy Lions Club has held for a number of years," said Mike Ruffner, president of the Punxsutawney Lions Club.
Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member, said there are quite a few people who can't afford to purchase eyeglasses, and the Lions Club offers the program to assist those individuals.
Sandy Mottern, a member of the office staff at Mike's BiLo Market in Reynoldsville, reminds area residents that there is still time to make a generous donation of health and beauty aids, hygiene supplies, snack items and other gifts to be sent to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
The annual Support the Troops drive, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is hoping for an outpouring of contributions to ship overseas to brighten the Christmas holiday season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If youâ€™ve been driving or walking down East Mahoning Street over the past year, you may have wondered what the changes look like inside the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School.
This weekend, youâ€™ll get your chance, as an open house will be held at Graystone Court Villas Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jeff Long, the developer of Graystone Court, said he was able to transform the former school into beautiful apartments through ideas he developed at his 11 other Graystone locations.
The First Church of God in Punxsutawney is hosting another installment of Free Clothing Days Friday and Saturday in the church gymnasium.
Event coordinator Shelley Rowan said the event is in its fifth year, and it takes place every spring and fall.
Rowan said the idea came from always wanting to do a soup kitchen, but with the location not being ideal for a soup kitchen, she decided to provide clothing to folks instead.
Individuals interested in donating clothing can drop off items at the church up until Thursday.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council modified its ordinance regarding the types of animals that are permitted in the borough.
Ordinance No. 221 was passed at Monday's meeting â€” an ordinance that repealed Ordinance No. 15, said Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle broke ground on Saturday for a new entrance to Gobbler's Knob, which will bring even more of a royal feel to the entrance of the home of Punxsutawney Phil.
â€œThe entrance will include a large arch that will proclaim the location to be Gobbler's Knob," said Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.
Lundy said the entrance began with the development of a master plan for The Knob.
The Oktober Fest Pumpkin Pie Contest, organized by PRIDE, was a delicious addition to the downtown Saturday.
Winners of the contest posed for a photo afterward with the judges.
Pictured are (from left): judge Matt Struss, representing Miller Brothers Furniture; judge Martha Jo Rupert, representing the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts; Casey Dyson, second-place winner; Nikki Sardon; third-place winner; and Howard Beezer, current Punxsutawney Man of the Year, representing the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.
(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.)
September 23, 1896
HORRIBLE EXAMPLES OVERWORKED
"Rome, Babylon, Carthage where are they? What caused their downfall? Why have they been wiped off the map of the world?" howled the free silver orator. And the men of various political and social ideas in the audience answered in various ways.
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
ANITA â€” The week of Oct. 7-13 has been designated National Fire Prevention Week, and Friday, firefighters from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company treated the students at Parkview Elementary School to a special program about fire prevention safety.
Six different members from the department â€”Â Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven â€” gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, which some people believe may not have anything to do with them or anyone they know.
That belief, though, isn't necessarily true.
"Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or parents who share biological parenthood," said Suella Himes, counselor advocate III for the Community Action Inc. Crossroads Project.
Himes said instances of acts of domestic violence include: