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November 25th, 2012
It was a cold, snowy day in the town of Punxsutawney, but up at FEMCO's beautiful Gingerbread House, the holiday spirit was easy to find. Inside the house could be found all the wrapped toys that have already been donated â€” toys that will bring smiles to the faces of children in need. For Marine Doug Fricker, this is his eighth Toys for Tots event. Teaming up with Janeen Love, who is the Senior Corps RSVP Director at Community Action, they will gather and distribute the toys. Some examples of the toys they would like to receive are board games, dolls, action figures and even bicycles.
Saturday evening, the Home for the Holidays Parade, sponsored by the F.O. Eagles No. 1231, was held, entertaining all who attended. After Santa (pictured) came cruising into town to conclude the parade and a fireworks show was held, sponsored by the Walston Club, the winners were announced at an after party at the Eagles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the Home for the Holidays parade scheduled for tonight, and the free tickets will be available beginning Monday for theÂ 20th edition of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
"In 20 years, the Living Christmas Tree has been performed to over 60,000 people from Punxsutawney and the surrounding area," said Mark Kephart, Living Christmas Tree director.
Kephart said that the LCT is a team effort by many members of the church congregation.
BROOKVILLE â€” The proposed 2013 budget for Jefferson County includes a tax increase, the commissioners announced at their meeting on Tuesday.
The commissioners approved a motion to place the 2013 budget on display for 20 days with the vote for adoption scheduled for Dec. 11.
Though the statute requires the proposed budget to be on display for 20 days, it will actually be available for 21 when all is said and done. It is available to be viewed upon request.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This weekend is set to be a magical one in Punxsutawney with an old tradition â€” the Home for the Holidays Parade â€” slated for Saturday evening, and while the magic can be found all over town, PRIDE's Nutcracker Weekend features what has become a holiday favorite in the area, with Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet's cast putting on another installment of the long-beloved performance.
Well-known for the vivid images of soldiers and dancers, The Nutcracker is one of the most popular performances in the tradition of ballet.
The members of Big Run Cub Scouts Pack No. 250 are doing their part to help the environment.
Gruda Metals, owned and operated by Philip Bowser Jr., John Paul Bowser and Kay Bowser, will be supplying a roll-off dumpster to be placed in Big Run resident Timothy Boal's yard.
The scouts are asking fellow residents of not only Big Run but surrounding areas to bring any scrap metal they have, whether its a refrigerator, microwave or other appliances, to the dumpster.
JEFFERSON COUNTY â€”Â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are looking for victims whose property, homes or vehicles were egged between 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 1 a.m. Nov. 18.
According to police, five male juveniles and one adult female purchased 420 eggs â€” 35 dozen â€” using the female's ACCESS card.
Police said the actors then drove through several areas in the county, throwing the eggs at houses and cars.
The egging occurred in the areas of Punxsutawney, Anita, Big Run, Sykesville, Reynoldsville, Stump Creek, DuBois, McGees Mills, Burnside and Cherry Tree.
The Spirit office at 510 Pine St. will be closed Thursday, and there will be no newspaper printed in observance of Thanksgiving.
Normal business and printing schedules will resume Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers.
Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) presents Alexis Young with a certificate after she was announced as the winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A number of state and local politicians and officials, including Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle and State Senator Joseph Scarnati, the Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, visited the Punxsutawney Pre-K Counts classroom at the community center on Monday to support early childhood programs and to read to the children.
Also present were Karen Ray, the Jefferson County Pre-K Counts director, and Bruce Clash, the state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.