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October 17th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â You can "Fall for Jesus" this weekend as Crosstown Ministries â a collaboration of Grace United Methodist Church and Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church â will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) reunion Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Young Township just below the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
"There will be classes, songs, snacks and crafts for the whole family, ages nursery through adult," said Shelly Bishop, education chair for Grace United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In response to the escalating number of inquiries about the tainted spine steroid shot related to a deadly national outbreak of meningitis, practitioners at Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) want to reassure patients that PAHâs supply of steroids was not involved.
âPunxsutawney Area Hospital does not currently (have), nor have we ever had, any medication in our facility that was produced by NECC, the compounding pharmacy which shipped the vials of the potentially contaminated product,â said Tom Moore, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Services.
BIG RUN - Big Run Borough Council passed a burn ordinance Monday in a 4-1 vote.
Here's the details:
The ordinance applies to all outdoor burning and open burning within the Borough of Big Run.
It does not apply to burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation.
It also does not apply to the use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction or maintenance activities.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you're driving around town Saturday and come upon a group of men who are in the road holding huge white canes, be advised it's the Punxsutawney Lions Club's annual "White Cane Day" collection.
"'White Cane Day' is an annual event that the Punxsy Lions Club has held for a number of years," said Mike Ruffner, president of the Punxsutawney Lions Club.
Joe Sikora Sr., Lions Club member, said there are quite a few people who can't afford to purchase eyeglasses, and the Lions Club offers the program to assist those individuals.
Sandy Mottern, a member of the office staff at Mike's BiLo Market in Reynoldsville, reminds area residents that there is still time to make a generous donation of health and beauty aids, hygiene supplies, snack items and other gifts to be sent to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
The annual Support the Troops drive, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) is hoping for an outpouring of contributions to ship overseas to brighten the Christmas holiday season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If youâve been driving or walking down East Mahoning Street over the past year, you may have wondered what the changes look like inside the former Mary A. Wilson Elementary School.
This weekend, youâll get your chance, as an open house will be held at Graystone Court Villas Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Jeff Long, the developer of Graystone Court, said he was able to transform the former school into beautiful apartments through ideas he developed at his 11 other Graystone locations.
The First Church of God in Punxsutawney is hosting another installment of Free Clothing Days Friday and Saturday in the church gymnasium.
Event coordinator Shelley Rowan said the event is in its fifth year, and it takes place every spring and fall.
Rowan said the idea came from always wanting to do a soup kitchen, but with the location not being ideal for a soup kitchen, she decided to provide clothing to folks instead.
Individuals interested in donating clothing can drop off items at the church up until Thursday.
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council modified its ordinance regarding the types of animals that are permitted in the borough.
Ordinance No. 221 was passed at Monday's meeting â an ordinance that repealed Ordinance No. 15, said Nick Lantz, Big Run Borough Council president.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle broke ground on Saturday for a new entrance to Gobbler's Knob, which will bring even more of a royal feel to the entrance of the home of Punxsutawney Phil.
âThe entrance will include a large arch that will proclaim the location to be Gobbler's Knob," said Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle.
Lundy said the entrance began with the development of a master plan for The Knob.
The Oktober Fest Pumpkin Pie Contest, organized by PRIDE, was a delicious addition to the downtown Saturday.
Winners of the contest posed for a photo afterward with the judges.
Pictured are (from left): judge Matt Struss, representing Miller Brothers Furniture; judge Martha Jo Rupert, representing the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts; Casey Dyson, second-place winner; Nikki Sardon; third-place winner; and Howard Beezer, current Punxsutawney Man of the Year, representing the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.