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November 25th, 2011

Rifle season starts Monday in area

November 25, 2011

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s only unofficial holiday — the Monday after Thanksgiving — 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.

Circle of Trees to brighten up Barclay Square

November 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Wish assistant’s book tells the world: Open your eyes

November 25, 2011

PUNXUSTAWNEY ­— 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 she’s 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 “Illuminated: A Collection of Photographs & Writings.”

November 24th

So much to do, you need not leave town this weekend

November 25, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – 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, it’s possible to spend the whole day downtown.

So resist the impulse to travel elsewhere — north, south, east or west — and stick around for the weekend.

“A day full of events; people won't have to leave,” Chamber Executive Director Marlene Lellock said.

County announces budget with no tax increase

November 25, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Tuesday, Jefferson County’s 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.

“We will not be having a tax increase at this point, but we have done some studies looking out in the future, and we can’t say that that’s necessarily going to go past this year,” 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.

Sykesville Lions Club hosts 58th-annual Pancake Fry

November 25, 2011

SYKESVILLE — Two new faces will be a part of a well-known community tradition this year — and it might be easy to spot them in the crowd.
Lee Foulkrod and Carol Smouse are the first women to join the Sykesville Lions Club since its inception.

This weekend, they'll be working the 58th-annual Pancake Fry alongside their male counterparts.

"I remember saying to Mark (Zimmerman, current Sykesville Lions Club President), I thought it was just all men," Smouse said. "And he (said), 'No, women can join, we just don't have any.'"

November 22nd

Inner Circle presents proposed improvements to Gobbler’s Knob entry

November 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the guidance and designs of a Penn State landscape designer, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle is looking at enhancements at Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day home — and what better place to start than the location where fans and guests enter Gobbler’s Knob.

Tuesday, the club held a public awareness and input meeting to provide information about a $9,000 landscape design matching grant from the PA Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.

Victims testify against man who allegedly shot them in alley

November 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, two men — both in wheelchairs — injured in a Sept. 22 shooting testified against the man who allegedly shot them in Punxsy’s Cranberry Alley, with District Judge Douglas Chambers finding a prima facia and setting the stage for trial in Common Pleas Court.

At the end of a continued preliminary hearing for the suspect, Christopher L. Thornhill, defense attorney Fred Hummel said one of the victims, Richard White Jr., testified that he never saw Thornhill with a weapon.

November 21st

Punxsy man wins $10,000 on ‘The Price is Right’

November 22, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Braxton Amundson’s friends and family now know the $10,000 secret he has been keeping for more than three months.

As those who watched the PAHS graduate on “The Price is Right” Monday morning now know, Amundson — son of Eric and Vickie Amundson — had a chance to win $10,000 after he had the closest bid on a set of women’s cosmetic products — which he also won.

As a contestant this past August on the show, Amundson had to correctly guess which four of six products presented were under $2.

No injuries in Route 119/Riker’s Road crash

November 22, 2011

BELL TOWNSHIP — There were no injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 7:15 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 119 and Rikers Road, Bell Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by a 16-year-old female from Punxsutawney was stopped at the stop sign on Rikers Road facing west, waiting to make a left turn onto Route 119.

Police said she failed to see a 1999 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Rick Sherry, 50, Punxsutawney, and pulled out onto Route 119 in front Sherry’s vehicle, which was traveling north.

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