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December 28th

Rotary salutes Circle of Trees winners, sponsors

December 29, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club saluted the sponsors and winners in its fifth annual Circle of Trees event, following a year which will be hard to top, according to the event chairman.

The winners in this year’s Circle of Trees were the Punxsy Garden Club, named Best Overall, with a $600 prize; Friends of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Best Day Appearing; and the Punxsy Career Women’s Club, Best Nighttime Appearing, both with $400 prizes.

Commuter flight makes safe emergency landing at DUJ

December 29, 2011

FALLS CREEK — A commuter aircraft that had taken off from the DuBois-Jefferson County Airport landed safely minutes after take-off due to a mechanical issue Wednesday.

The plane — carrying 10 passengers total, according to Falls Creek VFD Chief Mark Miller — had just taken off, but around 2:38 p.m., the crew radioed the tower in order to make an emergency landing.

“They were showing some icing on the rear side of the wings,” Miller said, adding that the flight return to DuBois was a precautionary measure.

December 27th

2011 Year in Review, January through March

December 27, 2011

JANUARY
Jan. 1
• Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.
Weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length, Natasha was the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Jan. 4
• By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.

PACC earns $15,000 grant for Jackson Theater

December 27, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Community Center’s Jackson Theater will receive some equipment upgrades and become even more of a local attraction in coming months, thanks to a grant from Dominion Energy’s philanthropic foundation.

December 26th

County court system administrator retiring after nearly three decades of service

December 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The chief administrator for Jefferson County Court system is ready to call it a career when, at the end of the month, after 27 years of serving the county in various capacities, she will retire.

Patricia Ellis, Jefferson County Court System administrator, first worked for District Judge George Miller's office. After that, she worked with adult and juvenile probation.

After the two departments split, she worked for juvenile probation, then as the judicial secretary under Judge Edwin Snyder.

Way Back When

December 27, 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

Must Pass Elementary Examinations

December 23rd

Council president Glessner resigns

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.

Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.

Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.

Even on holidays, 911 dispatchers ensure county’s safety

December 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Sasha Young grew up listening to a police scanner.

So it seemed only natural when she followed in the footsteps of her family members and became a fifth-generation firefighter.

But that's not the only hat she wears.

Three to four times a week, she puts on a headset a little different from her firefighting helmet and assumes the role of a 911 dispatcher.

December 22nd

New deacon ordained at Ss. Peter & Paul

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Had Steven White’s mail route not taken him to Sutton Street, he may not have discovered a spiritual path that led to his recent ordination as a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church.

“I was a mailman, and I parked out front (of the church),” White, of Juneau, said. “He saw me and said, ‘Do you want to see our restoration?’” 

Officers qualify for AR weapons usage

December 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Several area police officers recently spent a day qualifying on handguns, shotguns and assault rifles (ARs) at the Punxsutawney Borough Police firing range in Young Township.

Sheriff and range master Carl Gotwald Sr. said his job as range master individually gives instructions to the shooters.

“We try to limit it to five to six individuals shooting at one time per instructor during daylight hours,” he said. For night shoots at the firing range, they try to have one instructor for every three shooters for more control.

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