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November 28th, 2011
Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season werenât exactly ideal, but that didnât stop Dustin Brooks (left) from successfully harvesting this 10-point, 150-pound buck at 7:38 a.m. Monday at the BB Ranch, Gaskill Township. Helping display the deer is his two-year-old daughter, Brielle Brooks (right). For more success stories from the first day of buck season, pick up today's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
One of the highlights of this past weekendâs Home for the Holidays kickoff was the official lighting of the community Christmas tree in Barclay Square by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Guest are invited to check out the tree in person, as well as the entries in the clubâs annual Circle of Trees event, which are situated around Memorial Bandstand.
â˘ Floats â First: AmeriCorps; Second: Fezellâs County Market; and Third: The Newcome family.
â˘ Fire Trucks â First: Central Fire Department Rescue; and Second: Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
â˘ Performance â First: Punxsutawney Area Twirling Stars; Second: Punxsutawney Area High School Marching Band; and Third: Thistle & Pine, Marion Center.
â˘ Vehicle â First: STA Krise Bus; Second: Past & Present Machinery Association; and Third: Clarion County Shriners.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A Smicksburg man was arrested on suspected DUI charges when the truck he was driving struck the front of the "old" Spirit building at 3:19 p.m. Sunday as he exited the Punxsy Hotel parking lot.
According to police, a GMC pickup truck driven by Fred K. Chambers, Smicksburg, was exiting the Punxsy Hotel parking lot when he reported coughing or sneezing, which may have caused his vehicle to accelerate across the north and southbound lanes, striking the office of LifeSpan Family Services of Pa., 111 North Findley St. on the ground floor.
(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 15, 1896)
HARRISBURG â Pennsylvaniaâs only unofficial holiday â the Monday after Thanksgiving â marks the opening day of the two-week general deer season and will feature nearly 750,000 individuals sporting fluorescent orange while canvassing the woods for that trophy buck.
Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 2-A, 2-F and 3-B have been added to the split-season structure, in which the first five days are open for antlered deer only, and the remaining seven days are open for antlered and antlerless deer, said Jerry Feaser, Pennsylvania Game Commission public information officer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If your family is looking to begin a Christmas tradition, a good starting point would be with the Home for the Holidays parade followed by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club's traditional lighting of the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square tonight.
2006 was the first year that the Rotary Club constructed the large artificial tree on the bandstand in Barclay Square, said Tom Chelgren, of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.
They had such a great success with the large tree that the Rotary wanted to expand it to make Punxsutawney more attractive during the
Christmas season, he said.
PUNXUSTAWNEY Ââ More than any time in her life, Patti Lellock says now, her eyes are wide open, and recently, she completed a book to show readers what sheâs seeing through the lens of a camera and feeling in her heart.
Lellock, who has served as a wish assistant for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 10 years, recently completed and published âIlluminated: A Collection of Photographs & Writings.â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The leftover turkey has been stored, and Thanksgiving 2011 is one for the recipe books and photo albums.
To that end, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and organizations stress to the shopping and traveling public that with so many events and attractions going on downtown Saturday, itâs possible to spend the whole day downtown.
So resist the impulse to travel elsewhere â north, south, east or west â and stick around for the weekend.
âA day full of events; people won't have to leave,â Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock said.
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, Jefferson Countyâs Financial Planner Debbie Hackett announced there will be no tax increase for the coming year.
But this good news may not last long into the future.
âWe will not be having a tax increase at this point, but we have done some studies looking out in the future, and we canât say that thatâs necessarily going to go past this year,â Hackett said.
Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners approved to place the 2012 budget on display for 20 days, with final adoption scheduled for Dec. 13.