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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will have their boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at major intersections throughout town for the 29th annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.
Boot drive collections will take place in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall, West Mahoning; Central Fire Hall, East Mahoning, Hampton Avenue and Front Street intersection; and Elk Run Fire Company, at the intersection of Elk Run and Graffius avenues.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to the small town of Punxsutawney, one thing is for certain: It is a town where many do their best to lend a helping hand.
As the holiday season nears, we see the Make-A-Wish organization preparing to make the wishes of local children come true. We have the Toys for Tots program providing gifts for local children.
And now, the town has added another special something to its Christmas spirit â€” one for the elderly residents of Punxsy.
This year, for the first time, the Groundhog Club will be having a Holiday Elderly Care Gift Basket Drive.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the school term is winding down toward break, the IUP-Punxsy campus held its annual Toys for Tots Dinner event Thursday night to celebrate its season of giving.
The event was open to the public as well as students.
The cost was $7 per person, plus attendees were to bring an unwrapped toy.
IUP Dining was in charge of the dinner and prepared a delicious meal of prime rib with shrimp, potatoes and green beans. Dessert and beverages were also served.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Salvation Army presented Fezell's County Market with an award for its many years of hosting the Red Kettle campaign at Christmastime.
The Salvation Army is recognizing Tim Fezell and Fezell's County Market with a plaque because they are supporting the community in all that they do, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.
"Not only do they host the Red Kettle every year, they also prepare the bagged food that is distributed at Christmas," he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety Committee discussed tree trimming in Barclay Square at Tuesday's meeting.
"Council suggested that numerous trees in the park require some maintenance," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
White said it has been suggested that the borough bring in Scott Sjolander from Penn State Cooperative Extension to evaluate the trees in the park and which ones need to trimmed.
Sjolander walked through the park with White, Larry Chenoga, council president, and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€“ The Punxsutawney Area School Board held their reorganization meeting Tuesday evening in Punxsutawney, with very little looking different after the meeting than it did before.
Current board President Gary Conrad was re-elected and will continue to be president of the Punxsutawney Area School Board for 2013.
Vice President Francis Molinaro was re-elected as well and will continue to be vice-president for the next year.
During the reorganization meeting, board members made a decision as to when their 2013 meetings would be held.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Two Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police cars sustained heavy damage after being struck by a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 310 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a PT Cruiser driven by Douglas Bryan Oharah, 41, Reynoldsville, was traveling north on Route 119 approximately one mile south of Punxsutawney Borough when a state trooper attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council's Public Safety Committee held its meeting Tuesday and discussed the proposed liquor license transfer from Sykesville into Punxsy for a new Mexican restaurant that is to be coming to the Groundhog Plaza.
The borough received the application from the developer, Developac of DuBois, which owns the Groundhog Plaza, said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
"The restaurant Tres Amigos will be constructed in the former Long John Silverâ€™s/KFC restaurant building," White said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you're a fan of the Bubble's World children's books series, then you'll be happy to know the sixth edition is out and ready for purchase, "Bubble's World â€” Isabella's Magic Dream."
The bad news is, according to the author Jules (Julie Branken of Punxsutawney), this could very well be the last book in the series.
"This series of children's books are about a magic bubble, which represents children's imagination," Branken said, adding that through their imagination, children can go anywhere and do anything they want.