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December 16th

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.

Local officials discuss dangers of texting while driving

December 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pennsylvania recently became the 31st state to enact a ban on the use of any kind of hand-held texting device by drivers.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law, which will take effect March 8.
Calling and texting devices are the worst of a growing set of attractive distractions facing drivers. Corbett said he was pleased to help outlaw a practice that he sees regularly just from the window of his car as he travels the state.

December 12th

Punxsy Hotel fire investigation continues

December 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two days after a devastating fire destroyed a borough landmark, officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze that nearly leveled the Punxsy Hotel along North Findley Street.

Cpl. Chuck Gross, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Fire marshal, said he was “looking for clues as to how the fire began” Monday in the kitchen area of the Smuggler’s Inn, which is attached to the Hotel.

Fedigan’s contract approved for another four years

December 13, 2011

Council: No tax increase in 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan was granted a new four-year contract at Monday's meeting, but it was not unanimous.

The vote was four council members in favor of the motion — Susan Glessner, Donna Lellock, William Spencer and Roger Steele — with Larry Chenoga and Mike Porada voting no.

Council member Robert Reesman did not vote, as he had left the meeting early due to illness.

Also at Monday's meeting, council:
• Approved the 2012 budget with no tax increase.

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