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PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Punxsutawney resident recently shared his concerns with Punxsutawney Borough Council about PennDOT's new downtown traffic light system.
Joe Ferrara, of Church Street, expressed concern about cones set up in the middle of the sidewalk at every intersection, as well as two-inch conduit protruding about 18 inches above the sidewalk surface with wires.
Ferrara said that he was told by now-former council member Roger Steele that there would be control cabinets installed on the sidewalk.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council bid farewell to three exiting members, the fire chief and a retiring firefighter at last Monday's meeting.
Donna Lellock, Robert Reesman and Roger Steele attended their final meeting last Monday, as three new members will join council. The term of Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense expires at the end of the year, and Lindsey firefighter Joe Gianvito is retiring from active duty.
"We're not losing these people, as they will continue to serve the community in different ways," council President Susan Glessner said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets officially opened for business Friday, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries.
"It's an honor to be standing in this place, thanks to a few people who had a vision," Rev. James E. Steingrass, president of the Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry (JALSM) said prior to Friday's ceremony.
(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)
Setting a Good Example
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In what has become a Punxsy holiday tradition â right up there with snowflake lights and the Barclay Square Christmas tree â local residentsâ donations again topped those from last year during the Make-A-Wish Foundationâs annual âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign.
As of early Friday evening, the tally for the week-long 2011 campaign was $79,447.86, topping the 2010 total of $73,285.
ANITA â Just ask Chris Moore, because thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, kids facing battles similar to his should be careful what they wish for.
After Chris, who as been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and his family learned that he was eligible for a wish, his mother, Tammy, brought the paperwork to Wish Assistant Polly Mills.
Millsâ question to the family was, when they would like to see Chrisâ wish fulfilled.
âI didnât realize that was how it worked,â Tammy said. âI thought it had to be approved by a board of some kind.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â For Dan Prutznal, it can be tough being a Green Bay Packers fan in Steelers Country.
âLast week, someone brought in a copy of Sports Illustrated, and in the cafeteria, where I eat lunch with the kids, I held it up,â showing a piece about the Packers, he said. âThe kids were just hollering: âBoo, Packers,â âI donât like the Packers.â Every time they see me ... itâs all in good fun.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In times of tragedy, Drinda and Brian Smith believe it is good for people to get together and interact with others to begin the healing process.
A little over a month has gone by since the tragic passings of Joel Riggleman â Drinda and Brian's son â Dylan "Shorty" Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey in a single-vehicle accident Nov. 12 in Armstrong County.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â So far, SS.C.D. School has raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundationâs annual âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign, but according to Principal Jessica Newcome, today will âmake a big difference.â
The studentsâ challenge: Convince SS.C.D. employee â and Punxsyâs biggest Green Bay Packers fan â Dan Prutznal to at least appear to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers today.
As Prutznal will surely tell you, his beloved Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XIV. But today, he will will wear one piece of Steelers attire for every $25 the students raise.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âThe Toys for Tots distribution was held Wednesday at Gobblers Knob by Community Action Inc., so children will receive gifts for Christmas.
Community Action has been the primary sponsor, along with the U.S. Marine Corps, for more than 10 years in Jefferson County, said Janeen Love, Senior Corps RSVP director.
Love said there were a total of 160 families from Jefferson County who were helped by Toys for Tots, with a total of 330 children who will receive gifts.