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PUNXSUTAWNEY â âThereâs no place like home for the holidays.â
The oft-quoted holiday song brings with it a sense of warmth and nostalgia for those who are able to travel the distance, great or small, to be with their families over the holiday season. For soldiers serving our country, whether at home or abroad, the song could stand as a painful reminder that they will not be able to spend the holidays with their families.
BROOKVILLE â The Jefferson County Commissioners reviewed and approved the 2013 county budget at their meeting on Tuesday.
The newly passed budget includes a tax increase.
The budget had been placed on display at the county offices for 21 days prior to the vote.
The tax increase clocks in at one quarter of a mill, which determines tax amounts based on property values.
By way of example, a property valued at $50,000 will now be party to a tax increase of $12.50 for the upcoming year.
Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
The second day of the Make-A-Wish Light Up a Child's Life campaign was highly successful Tuesday, as the two-day total raised now sits at $10,155.43.
Pictured is Al Lockwood, WPXZ announcer, interviewing Wish Kid Spencer Hatfield from Indiana at Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney on Tuesday.
Today, the Make-A-Wish crew will broadcast live from 7 to 9 a.m. at Caterina's at its new location in the ATA Transit Center; from the Pantall Hotel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and from Mulberry Square from 3 to 4 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Solicitor Jay Lundy informed Punxsutawney Borough Council at its Monday meeting that he is still waiting for the paperwork to be completed by the landowners regarding the alley located between the former Punxsy Hotel property and McDonald's.
"The easements have been cleared regarding the property owners, and all of the paperwork is out to them (the Neals) and McDonald's," said Lundy, adding that there are three easements involved in vacating the alley.
Lundy said he hoped that he can have everything completed regarding the petition for the Jan. 14
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The GPS units that were purchased by Punxsutawney Borough Council have finally arrived and are ready to be installed in all four Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicles.
"Last week, Larry (Chenoga), Punxsutawney Borough Council president, and I completed the agreement with Wireless Matrix," said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief at Monday's council meeting.
Fedigan said all that's left is to set up a time to have the GPS units installed in the four police vehicles.
Also at Monday's meeting, council:
The Make-A-Wish "Light Up a Child's Life" campaign got underway Monday in Punxsutawney.
The total amount raised as of 4 p.m. Monday was $9,385.43. Pictured are Al Lockwood (left) and Regina Good (right) of WPXZ Radio in Punxsutawney broadcasting live from the lobby of the Pantall Hotel.
Day two of the campaign begins this morning with the Make-A-Wish crew broadcasting live from Fox's Pizza Den on North Findley Street in Punxsy from 7 to 9 a.m.; then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pantall Hotel; and from Foxâs again from 4 to 6 p.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The students at the IUP-Punxsy campus celebrated learning by showing their creativity and goals through a variety of projects Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
The title of the program was "Celebration of Learning," and its purpose was to promote critical thinking, technical presentation, skills and graphic presentations.
The projects were displayed and presented inside the IUP-Punxsy campus. All of the projects that were presented were done so by each studentâs choice.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As the countdown to Christmas continues, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle is asking area residents to send greetings to servicemen and women who are stationed overseas during the holiday season.
Wehrle said he has a supply of composition books, in which people can write holiday greetings, set up next to the Punxsutawney Borough Council
Chambers in the Mahoning East Civic Center this week.
"People can write well wishes, holiday greetings or anything they want in the books to the troops, no matter where they're stationed," he said.
The first weekend of the 20th-anniversary performance of the Living Christmas Tree put on by the First Church of God in Punxsutawney was performed in front of large crowds over the weekend.
The musical "Changed By a Baby Boy" will continue next weekend.
Call the church at 938-6670 to inquire about free tickets that may be left for the remaining performances.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department had their boots in hand over the weekend during the 29th-annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.
Pictured is Jim Murdock (right) of the Lindsey Fire Company collecting money during the food drive in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall on Saturday.
The total amount collected will be announced later today.