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January 4th, 2013
BROOKVILLE â State representative and Speaker of the House Sam Smith received the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) Community Service Award on Friday, recognizing his work in Jefferson County and abroad.
Dr. Louis "Skip" Nichamin, M.D., the medical director of the Laurel Eye Clinic and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center, who nominated Smith for the award and presented it to him at the organization's Brookville establishment, said he did so because of the doctors' responses to interaction with patients in the community.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Everyone has a story to tell, but for one local man, his story wouldn't be complete without the generosity of one town â Punxsutawney.
Residing in this very town is a man who has achieved a great many goals despite being partially blind.
Ray Lantz was born on Aug. 21, 1946, to Robert and Rachel Lantz. He was born with congenital cataracts, which left him completely blind.
Taught to walk with assistance from a collie dog, he received his first operation at 2-1/2 years of age on his right eye.
BROOKVILLE â During the fiscal year 2012, the Jefferson County Sheriffâs Office performed numerous duties and support to the communities of Jefferson County and issued the following report:
The office continues to operate and conduct a busy schedule with a small but well-trained professional staff of deputies and administrative staff. With an increase in some duties performed by the office, the Sheriffâs â¨Office was able to increase the number of full-time deputies to seven.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Being a volunteer fire chief is a very difficult job, but being a chief in a rural fire department can be even tougher.
Just ask Bruce Baughman, who is retiring as the chief of the Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County Station No. 5, following 17 years at the helm.
Baughman said he first joined the fire company in 1987 â a year after Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company was formed.
HARRISBURG â Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) was elected Tuesday to his second term as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The unanimous vote was taken during the official convening of the 197th Session of the House, where 201 duly elected legislators took the oath of office.
During his address to the members and guests assembled on the House floor,
Smith talked about the meaning of liberty and freedom.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Nominations are currently being accepted for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, honors that are presented annually at the Groundhog Banquet.
Nomination criteria and applications are available at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the office of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
The application is also available on the home page of punxsutawney.com.
The deadline for nominations for both the Man and Woman of the Year is Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Nominations should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, 102 West Mahoning St.
December 30th, 2012
In observance of New Yearâs Eve, The Spirit office will be closing at 3 p.m. today.
The office will be closed New Yearâs Day, and there will be no paper.
Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
We wish all of our readers a Happy New Year.
(Editorâs note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâs papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, news reporter Larry McGuire brings you the top news stories from the months of October, November and December.)
â˘ The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the S.S.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsyâs Got Talent show
and a pumpkin-decorating contest.
(Editorâs note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâs papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, The Spirit staff brings you the top news stories from the months of July, August and September.)
â˘ The 46th Annual Groundhog Festival kicks off in Barclay Square.
â˘ The Punxsutawney Area Community Center hosts its 17th annual 5K Run/Two-Mile Walk as part of the Groundhog Festival.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â We've heard the old saying it's either "feast or famine," and this weekend at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, for members of the church's youth group it will be famine as they participate in a "30 Hour Famineâ event to help raise awareness for world hunger.
"This is not just an event that is occurring at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. It is put on by Worldvision across the country," said Connie Neal of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.