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November 24th, 2011

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.

No tax hike in 2012 Big Run budget

November 21, 2011

BIG RUN — Monday, Big Run Borough Council voted to place its 2012 budget on display for adoption at its December meeting, with no tax increase.
Council President Nick Lantz announced once again, the borough will have a surplus of $39,887, which is smaller compared to last year’s surplus of $57,635.

He also said that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough taxpayers.

The last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The proposed 2012 tax millage:

November 20th

Two horses die in fire, barn destroyed

November 21, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — A Saturday afternoon blaze burned a barn to the ground, damaged an accompanying silo and killed two horses.

Area firefighters from eight different stations battled the fire that broke out around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, just outside of Big Run.

Estimated damages to the barn — owned by Melvin Troyer — and contents were approximately $200,000 and exterior damage to the house was figured at roughly $20,000, according to Big Run Fire Chief Todd Peace.

Way Back When

November 21, 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)

CAPTURED A HORSE-THIEF
David Trainor Steals a Horse from
Henry Brown's Stable

November 18th

Punxsy native contestant on 'Price is Right'

November 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES — How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” and did he win one of the major showcases on the show?

Well, Amundson believes his vast amounts of swag definitely helped, but due to stipulations by the program, he cannot say yes or no about winning any major showcases, but Punxsy viewers can find out when his episode airs at 11 a.m. Monday on WTAJ-TV (Comcast Channel 18).

Pizza & Prevention breaks another record: $33,128.13

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Fox’s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.

Oct. 1, Fox’s sold “Big Daddy Pizzas” for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.

Thursday, Fox’s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.

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