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December 23rd

Way Back When

December 24, 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
December 16, 1896

"The Woman in Black"

The "woman in black" craze has struck this town at last.

This mysterious personage has infested all of our neighbor towns, and has served the purpose of keeping girls off the streets at night, and furnished material for many a hushed and awe-stricken conversation.

The woman it seems, is here.

December 21st

Sunday’s ‘Milk Can Jam’ to benefit local food banks, World Hunger Relief

December 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — We are "down to the wire" as far as Christmas shopping is concerned, while the band Down to the Wire is just getting wound up with the annual "Milk Can Jam" to be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Punxsutawney Eagles.

"We are celebrating 25 years of the classic Down to the Wire band consisting of Dom Catanzarito, bass; Joe Serian, lead vocals; Kevin Cielo, keyboard and vocals; and myself, guitars," said Matt Taladay, spokesperson for Down to the Wire.

Taladay said that Brian Rowan will be the drummer for the band on Sunday, but was not part of the original band.

Slick roads cause overnight accident on Graffius Ave. ext.

December 22, 2012

This vehicle driven by Tyler Kuntz of Punxsutawney was traveling on Graffius Avenue Extension in Bell Township at 12:55 a.m. Friday, when Kuntz lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid into a ditch, causing extensive damage to his vehicle.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company, McCalmont Towship Volunteer Fire Company with Quick Response Service (QRS), Jefferson County EMS and Rebuck's South Side Service.

No further information was available at Spirit press time.

December 20th

Wolfe talks school security, safety in wake of Newtown, Conn., tragedy

December 21, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You never stop thinking about protecting the students, faculty and staff from danger, not just when a tragedy happens such as the shootings in Newtown, Conn., said Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.

The fatal shooting of 20 children and six adults has caught the attention of school administrators around the world, with them asking if this could happen in their district at one of their schools?

December 19th

Long’s Christmas Village lights up her house and her life this time of year

December 19, 2012

It started 29 years ago with a little ceramic cottage made by her then-16 year-old-daughter.

That cottage would mark the beginning of a lifelong Christmas project for Judy Long of Home, Pa.

After receiving that cottage from her daughter, she began to buy other cottages to sit beside it. What started as something small, soon grew into what she refers to as her Christmas Village.

After moving to Pennsylvania, Long purchased a larger cottage to add to her collection. With each year, 
her passion for collecting cottages grew.

Rally in Brookville raises awareness of animal cruelty in Jefferson County

December 19, 2012

BROOKVILLE — When members of the Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals in Coolspring found Angel, a terrier mix, she was "very, very bony, just a walking little skeleton," said Margo Stefanic, the founder and president of the organization.

Stefanic said the dog was "very unhealthy" and seriously malnourished, a description that was backed up by a veterinarian after she was discovered. Angel had been left restrained in the backyard of her former owner's residence in Rose Township, where she had not been given water or food.

Youngsters spread Christmas cheer with their voices

December 19, 2012

It was a bright sunny day as the students from the Playhouse Children's Center came out to spread some holiday cheer. The children stood in front of County Market and sang Christmas carols, as numerous customers stopped to watch and listen to their angelic voices last week. This was a special event that the Center performed alongside the Salvation Army’s bell ringer to help raise more money for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.

December 18th

Big Run Fire Co. hosts Breakfast with Santa

December 18, 2012

BIG RUN — The Big Run Volunteer Fire Company’s "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday not 
only allowed children to deliver their Christmas wish lists personally to the jolly old elf, but also 
raised funds for two Big Run-area non-profit organizations and provided everyone with a delicious breakfast.

"This is the second year for 'Breakfast with Santa,' and we collected a total of $902.60 from hungry people in the Big Run area," said Rick Smith, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire company vice 
president.

Giving Christmas cheer to all!

December 18, 2012

Members of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently enjoyed packing 50 cheerful holiday stockings that they, in turn, distributed to senior members (80 and above) throughout the area from Brockway to Falls Creek to Reynoldsville, Big Run, Brookville, Punxsutawney and other communities. Each stocking contained a small stuffed animal, a notepad and pencil, a Yuletide hand towel, twin packs of Kleenex, small chocolate bars, a fresh clementine, a holiday cup or mug and a greeting card.

‘Tis better to give than to receive!

December 18, 2012

With the Chucks baseball team set to face off against Bradford for the District IX title this evening, we felt it would...
The Chucks baseball team claimed the District IX title with a 4-1 win over Bradford on Thursday...
On Thursday, the Punxsy Chucks baseball team will square off against the Bradford Owls in a 5:30 p....
The handshake line at the end of a game this time of year means a bit more. Pictured here are the...

 

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