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December 18th

Grace Place officially open for tenants

December 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Way Back When

December 19, 2011

(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
(April 22, 1896)

Setting a Good Example

December 16th

Punxsy raises nearly $79,500 for Make-A-Wish

December 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In what has become a Punxsy holiday tradition — right up there with snowflake lights and the Barclay Square Christmas tree — local residents’ donations again topped those from last year during the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” 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.

Chris Moore meets Mickey, Marvel heroes at Disney

December 17, 2011

ANITA — 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.

Mills’ question to the family was, when they would like to see Chris’ wish fulfilled.

“I didn’t realize that was how it worked,” Tammy said. “I thought it had to be approved by a board of some kind.”

December 15th

Dan ‘The Packers Fan’ makes good on Make-A-Wish challenge

December 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For Dan Prutznal, it can be tough being a Green Bay Packers fan in Steelers Country.

“Last week, someone brought in a copy of Sports Illustrated, and in the cafeteria, where I eat lunch with the kids, I held it up,” showing a piece about the Packers, he said. “The kids were just hollering: ‘Boo, Packers,’ ‘I don’t like the Packers.’ Every time they see me ... it’s all in good fun.”

Friends invited to celebrate Riggleman tonight

December 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — Drinda and Brian's son — Dylan "Shorty" Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey in a single-vehicle accident Nov. 12 in Armstrong County.

December 14th

Dan ‘The Packer Man’ will don Black & Gold for Make-A-Wish

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So far, SS.C.D. School has raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign, but according to Principal Jessica Newcome, today will “make a big difference.”

The students’ challenge: Convince SS.C.D. employee — and Punxsy’s biggest Green Bay Packers fan — 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.

Bright Christmas mornings ahead, thanks to Toys for Tots

December 15, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The 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.

SINGING FOR MAKE-A-WISH

December 15, 2011

SS.C.D. Choir Director Arlene Stewart directs the students while they sing Christmas carols at Mulberry Square Wednesday afternoon. Both Mulberry Square and SS.C.D. have raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Natalie Bruzda)

December 13th

County holds line on 2012 taxes

December 14, 2011

BROOKVILLE — 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.

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