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BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners adopted the county's final operating budget for 2012, which calls for no tax increase.
It was amended only slightly from the proposed budget, which was advertised three weeks ago.
According to Director of Finance & Human Resources Debby Hackett, she anticipated a deficit of $53,752 at the end of 2012 in the proposed budget; however, some changes were made in both "increased revenues, and some reduction in expenditures," slashing the deficit by about $13,000, she said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Pennsylvania recently became the 31st state to enact a ban on the use of any kind of hand-held texting device by drivers.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law, which will take effect March 8.
Calling and texting devices are the worst of a growing set of attractive distractions facing drivers. Corbett said he was pleased to help outlaw a practice that he sees regularly just from the window of his car as he travels the state.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Two days after a devastating fire destroyed a borough landmark, officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that nearly leveled the Punxsy Hotel along North Findley Street.
Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal, said he was âlooking for clues as to how the fire beganâ Monday in the kitchen area of the Smugglerâs Inn, which is attached to the Hotel.
Council: No tax increase in 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan was granted a new four-year contract at Monday's meeting, but it was not unanimous.
The vote was four council members in favor of the motion â Susan Glessner, Donna Lellock, William Spencer and Roger Steele â with Larry Chenoga and Mike Porada voting no.
Council member Robert Reesman did not vote, as he had left the meeting early due to illness.
Also at Monday's meeting, council:
âą Approved the 2012 budget with no tax increase.
BROOKVILLE â With only a smile and very few words, nine-year-old Michael Goddard can light up a room and make anyone feel special.
"He says hi to everybody," Paula Goddard said of her son, Michael. "No matter what they look like, or how old they are, or what color they are, it doesn't matter."
Michael has Down syndrome, and because of this, he has difficulty speaking.
But he doesn't let that get in the way of showing others love and compassion.
"He's really special," Paula said. "He's taught us a lot, on how to love unconditionally â just to accept people for who they are."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.
âToday was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,â Toie said Sunday night. âWe wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Ever since Emily Keth, 16, of Punxsy, was a little girl, she has been obsessed with dolphins. She would decorate her with room with pictures of the creatures and dreamed of one day being able to swim with them.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that dream came true.
In April 2011, doctors found three blood clots in Emily's brain, which caused her to lose 83 percent of her vision. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a blood-clotting disorder that will affect her for the rest of her life.
(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.)
(April 22, 1896)
A strange bicycle rider ran into Morris Weber, little son of J. A. Weber, yesterday, and hurt him considereably, though not dangerously. His head and face were badly cut and bruised, and the boy looked as though he had attended a Donnebrook fair.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Firefighters from several local companies battled an intense blaze that destroyed the Punxsy Hotel Restaurant & Lounge, North Findley Street, early Saturday morning.
The fire was called in as smoke emanating from the Smuggler's Inn â housed at the rear of the same structure â around 3 a.m. Saturday.
Within minutes, police reported that flames were visible, and within an hour, the flames were emerging from the windows and front doors.
Shortly after 4 a.m., the north and south walls of the upper floors collapsed, damaging three vehicles parked near the building.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â At some point in 2011, a child saved his or her birthday money.
A group of teachers pitched in a couple of bucks to wear jeans to school on a Friday.
Spare change from the grocery store wound up in a special savings place, where it would eventually find its way to a greater good.
A high school senior dedicated his or her senior project to the cause.
And this coming week is when those who saved money, pitched in a few bucks, stashed some change and performed fund-raisers realize that it was all worth it to light up a childâs life.