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November 23rd, 2012

FCOG prepared to present 20th edition of Living Christmas Tree

November 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Home for the Holidays parade scheduled for tonight, and the free tickets will be available beginning Monday for the 20th edition of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

"In 20 years, the Living Christmas Tree has been performed to over 60,000 people from Punxsutawney and the surrounding area," said Mark Kephart, Living Christmas Tree director.

Kephart said that the LCT is a team effort by many members of the church congregation.

November 22nd

Proposed Jefferson County budget for 2013 includes tax increase

November 22, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The proposed 2013 budget for Jefferson County includes a tax increase, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.

The commissioners approved a motion to place the 2013 budget on display for 20 days with the vote for adoption scheduled for Dec. 11.

Though the statute requires the proposed budget to be on display for 20 days, it will actually be available for 21 when all is said and done. It is available to be viewed upon request.

Nutcracker, Home for the Holidays Parade centerpieces for 'magical' weekend in Punxsutawney

November 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend is set to be a magical one in Punxsutawney with an old tradition — the Home for the Holidays Parade — slated for Saturday evening, and while the magic can be found all over town, PRIDE's Nutcracker Weekend features what has become a holiday favorite in the area, with Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet's cast putting on another installment of the long-beloved performance.

Well-known for the vivid images of soldiers and dancers, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular performances in the tradition of ballet.

Big Run Scouts Taking part in Go-Green Recycling

November 22, 2012

The members of Big Run Cub Scouts Pack No. 250 are doing their part to help the environment.

Gruda Metals, owned and operated by Philip Bowser Jr., John Paul Bowser and Kay Bowser, will be supplying a roll-off dumpster to be placed in Big Run resident Timothy Boal's yard.

The scouts are asking fellow residents of not only Big Run but surrounding areas to bring any scrap metal they have, whether its a refrigerator, microwave or other appliances, to the dumpster.

November 20th

Police searching for victims of egg vandalism

November 20, 2012

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are looking for victims whose property, homes or vehicles were egged between 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1 a.m. Nov. 18.

According to police, five male juveniles and one adult female purchased 420 eggs — 35 dozen — using the female's ACCESS card.

Police said the actors then drove through several areas in the county, throwing the eggs at houses and cars.

The egging occurred in the areas of Punxsutawney, Anita, Big Run, Sykesville, Reynoldsville, Stump Creek, DuBois, McGees Mills, Burnside and Cherry Tree.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Spirit; holiday office hours

November 20, 2012

The Spirit office at 510 Pine St. will be closed Thursday, and there will be no newspaper printed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Normal business and printing schedules will resume Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.

PAHS senior Young named winner of VFW’s ‘Voice of Democracy’ contest

November 20, 2012

Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) presents Alexis Young with a certificate after she was announced as the winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest.

November 19th

Local public officials take time to ‘Invest in Kids,’ support early childhood programs

November 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A number of state and local politicians and officials, including Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle and State Senator Joseph Scarnati, the Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, visited the Punxsutawney Pre-K Counts classroom at the community center on Monday to support early childhood programs and to read to the children.

Also present were Karen Ray, the Jefferson County Pre-K Counts director, and Bruce Clash, the state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

November 18th

‘Singing’ in the season with The Oak Ridge Boys

November 19, 2012

The Oak Ridge Boys packed the Jackson Theater at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center on Saturday night for a sold-out Christmas concert. (From left) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban sing for the crowd.

Veterans encouraged to lend a handprint for memorial flag senior project

November 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — PAHS senior Amy Jo Parente was in need of an idea for a senior project.

Deciding to see if anyone needed help at Mulberry Square Elder Care &

Rehabilitation Center, she met Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director, who came up with the idea of doing a handprint flag.

Veterans from all over are invited to take part in this project, where they will put their handprints on what soon will be a replica of the U.S. flag.

Currently, the blue field with white handprints as stars is already complete.

Now begins the process of making the red stripes.

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