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December 4th

Punt, Pass, Kick

December 5, 2011

Dressed in Steeler gear with her Terrible Towel at her side, Punxsutawney Area School District fourth-grader Laney Monroe makes a pass during the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick contest at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Monroe placed fourth overall in the competition. Her father, Travis Monroe, said the individual results had not yet been released Sunday night.

Way Back When

December 5, 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 15, 1896)

A FAMILY OF JUMPERS
An Amusing Incident Which
Happened While at Dinner

December 2nd

Wish kids’ dreams come true with Disney on Ice stars

December 3, 2011

INDIANA — Every day, Brenda Hays is inspired by her daughter, Christy.
A 14-year-old student at DuBois Area Senior High (DASH), Christy spends her time as if she has nothing holding her back.

An honor roll student, Christy volunteers her time at Christ the King Manor, playing games with the residents and also making crafts.
She is currently knitting blankets to donate to the local police departments and the ambulance service for trauma situations and accidents.

She's also greatly involved in 4-H, hoping it'll put her on the right track to a career in veterinary science.

Solid Waste Authority seeks donations for coming year

December 3, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Continuing to grapple with the loss of its administrative fee, the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority is seeking donations from willing townships and municipalities.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the authority, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Donna Cooper reported the amount of donations coming into the authority for 2012 is more promising than figures from 2011.
For 2012, $9,525 has been committed to date.

December 1st

WW II vet happy to see national memorial while he is able

December 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two members of VFW Post 9044, Big Run, recently returned from a visit from Washington, D.C., to view the World War II Memorial and other memorials commemorating other fallen soldiers.

Robert Lott and his wife, Ann, had visited the memorial while it was still under construction. It opened in 2004.

PAHS welcomes 18 new members to National Honor Society

December 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area High School chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 18 new members — four seniors and 11 juniors — during a ceremony held Thursday at the high school.

The new members bring the total number of students in the PAHS chapter to 34.

November 30th

Salvation Army kicks off Red Kettle drive today

December 1, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you think Black Friday is a sure sign that Christmas is coming, here’s another one: The Punxsy Salvation Army is holding its Red Kettle kickoff event today at County Market.

The biggest fund-raiser of the year for the corps is already down $3,000 from this time last year, said Captain Keith Jache, co-corps commander in Punxsy.

He said the kickoff will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Saturday, and is another way to let the community know that the kettles are in full swing.

November 29th

New wildlife conservation officer fulfilling life-long dream

November 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just as western Pennsylvania has been inundated with deer hunters this week, it’s the job of Jefferson County’s new Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) to protect the lives of deer hunters and make sure they follow rules when it comes to the two-week rifle season.

“This is my dream job, the best job in the world,” said Andy Troutman, of Summerville, the new WCO for the southern portion of Jefferson County.

No gifts, please: Local girl asked guests to donate to Toys for Tots

November 30, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Taegan Ludwig had all the traditional birthday party favors: Cake, multiple guests, a DJ and gifts.

There was one big difference though: The gifts weren’t for Taegan.
For Taegan’s 10th birthday party, held Nov. 19, she asked her 40-some guests that instead of giving her gifts, they donate the gifts they had brought to Toys for Tots.

She said she felt “greedy” receiving all the gifts from the people who were invited.

“Instead of receiving gifts for myself, I decided to give gifts to others,” she said.

November 28th

Buck hunters hit the woods

November 28, 2011

Weather-wise, the conditions for the opening day of buck season weren’t exactly ideal, but that didn’t 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.

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