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November 13th, 2012

School board reviews PSSA District Report Card

November 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Richard Galluzzi, the Punxsutawney Area School District director of federal programs and curriculum, presented the 2012 PSSA District Report Card to the school board at its meeting this week, which was moved to Tuesday in observance of Veterans' Day.

Throughout the district as a whole, the students performed as follows:
• In Mathematics, which was on the test for grades three through eight and 11, 80.4 percent of students were deemed proficient or advanced, as opposed to 75.7 percent at the state level.

Council moves to put budget on display

November 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the preliminary 2013 borough tax budget with no tax increase at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The motion to put the budget on display for 30 days was approved.

The council approved the following mileage rates with each mill being the equivalent of $0.10 on each $100 of assessed valuation, all under the authority of the Local Tax Enabling Act:

• 10.0 mills for The Borough General Purpose Fund.

• 0.90 mills for the Fire Department Fund, which includes equipment

Police seek help locating Just for Jesus resident

November 13, 2012

SNYDER TOWNSHIP — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information on a 34-year-old man who left the Just for Jesus Ministry, located along Route 28, between Oct. 13 and Nov. 7 for an appointment and failed to return.

Timothy Weidinger also failed to notify state police of his current address, as required by law. Criminal charges have been filed through District Court.

Police describe Weidinger as 5'08", 235 pounds, with brown eyes and balding brown hair.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 371-4652.

November 12th

Spectacular ‘Nutcracker’ returns to kick off the 2012 holiday season

November 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 2012 holiday season officially gets underway in this area at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 24, when Van 
Dyke and Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet present the perennial favorite, “The Nutcracker,” on the stage of Punxsutawney Area High School. Directed by Joan E. Van Dyke, the elaborate production features more than 80 dancers performing to the music of Tchaikovsky. The performers, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, come from Punxsutawney, Clearfield, Clarion, DuBois, Brookville, Indiana, and the surrounding area.

The guys’ turn: King’s Court ceremony to take place at Powder Puff tonight

November 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The members of the senior class at Punxsutawney Area High School have voted six of their fellow classmates onto this year’s King’s Court. The King’s Court ceremony will take place during halftime of tonight’s annual Powder Puff football game, which will kickoff at 6 p.m. at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.

The students at PAHS vote for King’s Court in the same manner as Homecoming Queen’s Court and Winter Queen’s Court.

November 11th

Veterans' Day recognized in Big Run

November 11, 2012

BIG RUN — VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual ceremony recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day on Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.

The ceremony also commemorated the 65th anniversary of Big Run VFW Post 9044 and honored its four living charter members, Richard Ellenberger, Sherman Hollopeter, Robert Kerr and Eugene North.

The speaker for the evening was Jeff Soliday, who also spoke at the two organizations' recognition of POW/MIA Day earlier this year, which doubled as a commemoration of his late father, Jim Soliday.

Mulberry Square honors veterans

November 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday was a beautiful, warm day at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, as the veterans who now reside there were honored.

The Veterans' Day program was started five years ago by Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director.

Having recognized that many of the veterans living at Mulberry Square couldn't get out to any of the other memorials, she decided to have one for them there.

"I feel they need recognition" said Amundson.

Way Back When

November 11, 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
September 23, 1896

An Armstrong County Girl
A dispatch from Laporte, Indiana of recent date says, "Edith E. Rylatt, of Armstrong county, PA, answered the matrimonial want notice of Alexander Rhines, of Fulton county and has become his lawful wife.

November 9th

Area musicians band together in effort to help local youngster

November 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So many turn to music to help lift their spirits when they’re having a rough day. So, when a student from the Punxsutawney Area Middle School, Colin Wineberg, 
fell ill, several local musicians decided to put their talents to use raising money to help Wineberg’s cause.

Event organizer Mike Krach, a music teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, said Colin is a 7th-grade student in the district who is in need of a kidney transplant. When Wineberg fell ill this past summer rather suddenly, Krach said a chronic kidney disease was discovered.

November 8th

Jury finds Thornhill guilty on all but one count

November 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of Christopher Thornhill ended on Thursday with him being found guilty of all but one of the counts with which he was charged in a shooting that took place in Punxsutawney on Sept. 22, 2011.

The victims in the incident were Punxsutawney residents Shane Glatt and Richard White Jr., both of whom survived with serious injuries.

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