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December 16th

Way Back When

December 17, 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 18, 1896

Fatal Nitro-Glycerine Explosion

A magazine contained nitro-glycerine, dynamite and other hight explosives, situated about two miles northwest of Johnsonburg, was blown up last Saturday afternoon.

The explosion was something terrible, over 200 quarts of nitro-glycerine being in the magazine.

December 14th

They did it again: Community puts up another big number for Make-A-Wish

December 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In what has become a Christmas tradition for not only Punxsutawney but the surrounding area, The 2012 Make-A-Wish "Light up A Child's Life" Campaign concluded Friday in the lobby of the Pantall Hotel after another successful year.

Al Lockwood, Renda Radio Inc. program director, and Tiffany Bennett, a long time "Wish Kid" announced during the wrap-up on WPXZ 104.1 that this year's campaign raised $66,515.68.

Area churches offering their Christmas messages this weekend

December 15, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY —There are numerous ways to show one’s holiday spirit, and this weekend, the churches of Punxsutawney are offering a variety of those expressions.

Two churches in particular — the First United Methodist Church and the Punxsutawney Alliance Church — are hosting their own programs to deliver the Christmas message this weekend.

For weeks, the First United Methodist Church Choir has been practicing, hard at work for its program, titled “Come, Let Us Worship the King.”

Fire crews respond to storage building fire Friday

December 15, 2012

Punxsutawney firefighters managed to knock down a fire before it got started in a building that was used for storage by Brian Horner's HPS Tire on South Gilpin Street extension, Punxsutawney, at 9:47 p.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, a small fire was discovered in back of the brick structure that is located across from Horner's business.

Foam was used by Elk Run's engine to smother the potential blaze.

December 13th

25 PAHS students inducted into National Honor Society

December 14, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday night, the National Honor Society inducted new members with 25 Punxsutawney Area High School students being recognized.

The program began at 7 p.m. with an introduction by High School Principal David London.

The public was then introduced to the National Honor Society advisors, who received a thank-you for all their help.

National Honor Society advisors include Dr. Keith Wolfe, superintendent; David London, PAHS principal; Darren Hack, assistant principal; and Russell Bishop and Josh Conrad, teachers.

MAKE-A-WISH TO ‘LIGHT UP’ LAST DAY OF ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

December 14, 2012

The fourth day of the Make-a-Wish "Light up a Child's Life" campaign brought the organization closer to reaching its goal.

Thursday morning from 7 to 9 a.m., the campaign once again teamed up with WPXZ and reached out to the listeners, as well as students of the Punxsutawney Area High School and Middle School.

At 9 a.m., the Wish crew settled in at the Pantall Hotel. Al Lockwood, program director of Renda Radio, challenged local businesses to make a pledge and to see which business would donate the most.

Christmas Village free shopping event set for Sunday at Brookville Lanes

December 14, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The second annual Christmas Village free shopping event will return to Brookville on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brookville Lanes bowling alley, and opportunities to donate and volunteer are still available for the remainder of the weekend.

The event first appeared in Brookville last year, the brainchild of Brookville Lanes owner Mike Dusch and several other individuals with whom he attended church. The decision was made to hold it at Brookville Lanes because “we have the room,” Dusch said.

December 12th

Bridge Foundation, PCS host scholarship event

December 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Over $199,000 in scholarships were announced Wednesday at the Punxsutawney Christian School (PCS) as part of the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Lori Galbraith, PCS administrator, welcomed the guests to her school for the presentation of the money to area private and parochial schools through Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarship donations.

Galbraith said PCS is thankful for the Bridge Foundation and its continued support by blessing their families with scholarships.

SS.C.D. lights up Mulberry Square For Make-A-Wish

December 13, 2012

The SS.C.D. School's children's choir performed for the residents of Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney live on WPXZ radio during the Make-A-Wish Light Up A Child's Life campaign Wednesday. Jessica Newcome, SS.C.D. principal, said the students have held five separate fundraisers for Make-A-Wish "dress down" days which included: Pajama day, sports team day, camouflage day for hunting season and crazy hat day. She said the students also held "penny war days" which was won by the sixth graders, who will receive a pizza party as their reward.

Davidson aims to bring Christmas cheer to troops in Afghanistan

December 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

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.

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