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December 9th

Lighting up the season

December 9, 2012

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.

BOOTING UP FOR FOOD BANKS

December 9, 2012

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.

Way Back When

December 9, 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 11, 1896

A Possible Glass Plant
Representatives of a large French syndicate which has $ 3,000,000 to invest in the glass industry in Pennsylvania are in correspondence with parties here relative to the purchase of the Punxsutawney Bottle Works. What will come of it remains to be seen.

December 7th

McCreight, Caine selected at JOC reorganization

December 7, 2012

Jeff Tech held its reorganization meeting Thursday with Lloyd McCreight elected chairperson and Shelly Caine vice chairperson.

Local veterans recognize Pearl Harbor anniversary

December 7, 2012

BIG RUN — VFW Post 9044 of Big Run and the Ladies’ Auxiliary held a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor Day — an annual recognition of the Dec. 7 attack by the Japanese that led to American involvement in World War II — on Friday, the 71st anniversary of the event, at the Big Run War Memorial.

The main speaker for the evening was VFW Post Chaplain Gene McKee, who is a veteran of World War II and also delivered the invocation and benediction for the event.

Reynoldsville Area Business Association names Jackie Stitt Citizen of the Year

December 7, 2012

REYNOLDSVILLE — The Reynoldsville Area Business Association bestowed its Citizen of the Year award upon local resident Jackie Stitt at the organization’s Eighth Annual Holiday Gala at the Bellamauro Social Hall this past Sunday.

It also distributed two college scholarships and recognized a retiring community businessperson before the afternoon was over.

DAR MEMBERS HELP TIE OTHERS TO HERITAGE

December 7, 2012

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Volunteer Field Genealogists, along with junior member Santana “Tana” Olp, presented a workshop on Dec. 1 in Titusville, Pa.

Instruction was given on the proper preparation of applications, accepted proof documents and suggested resources and methods of proving a Revolutionary War patriot.

A PowerPoint presentation gave participants an overview of how to use the public DAR website to find a Revolutionary War Patriot.

Make-A-Wish Annual Light Up a Child’s Life Campaign hits the airwaves Monday

December 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It just wouldn’t feel like the Christmas season in Punxsutawney without the magic of Make-A-Wish in the air.

Make-A-Wish invites the members of the local community to help give the gift of a wish-come-true to a local child with a life-threatening medical condition this week, as it kicks off its Annual Light Up A Child’s Life holiday campaign.

Monday through Friday, Make-A-Wish will be doing live radio broadcasts from remote locations around the area.

The schedule is as follows:

December 6th

Back to the boot: Firefighters to collect for local food banks this weekend

December 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Groundhog Club encouraging giving spirit with Elderly Care Drive

December 6, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — 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.

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