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BROOKVILLE â Perhaps parents breathe their first sighs of relief in the silence of uncertainty as the sounds that the sharpness of a cold stethoscope catches are brought into existence. That steady, rhythmic pulse provides not only proof of life, but a beat to believe in, one that holds a lifetimeâs worth of hopes and dreams.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Bullying has been seen in real life, on television and in films. People may like to see the underdog rise against his or her instigators, but retaliation such as that seen in the violent killings at Columbine High School shows that bullying continues to be out of control â along with the retaliation.
In the last several years, thereâs been a focus on attempting to put an end to bullying at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, which was visited by the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a program for explaining to students whatâs behind bullying and how to end it.
(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.)
(January 22, 1896)
Killed a Bird of Freedom
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney will be wishing away next week as the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation kicks off its annual "Light Up A Child's Life" campaign.
The week-long campaign, which will be aired live on WPXZ-FM 104.1, begins Monday at Ragley's True Value Hardware from 6 to 9 a.m. and at the Pantall Hotel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wish kids will share their wish-come-true stories on the air, and "celebrity" benefactors â including Mayor James Wehrle, guest-starring Monday â will make appearances all week.
VALIER â Four juveniles were uninjured Friday when the vehicle in which they were traveling slid off the road and struck a gas tie-in valve.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police said the incident occurred around 3:38 p.m. Friday along Kachmar Road near the intersection of Yoder Road, Perry Township.
Police said a known juvenile female, operating a 2008 Honda Pilot, was traveling west on Kachmar Road when she failed to negotiate a downhill left curve on the icy road.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawneyâs PRIDE has something to be proud of.
The non-profit organization is pleased to announce the reprinting of âOut of Our Kitchens,â a cookbook, according to board member Shirley Sharp, prepared from the recipes of local cooks.
The 215-page Cookbook Publishers Inc. product â originally compiled and published by the 1981-82 members of the Punxsutawney Young Womenâs Club, which no longer exists â has been out of print for more than 20 years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Departmentâs annual food drive, which this year will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Bill Zimmerman, along with fellow Central Fire Department members Bob Hockinson and Warren Kellert, established the drive in 1983.
Zimmerman said they realized the Salvation Army â the only food bank in town at that time â had a need because people were hurting, just like today.
âWe felt it was a good thing to do, to help the Salvation Army once we took care of the people who just fell through the cracks,â he said.
Punxsutawney Area High Schoolâs National Honor Society inducted 20 new members during a ceremony Thursday evening. Four seniors and 16 juniors were welcomed into the academic society, which is founded upon the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, after meeting requirements of maintaining a 95-percent GPA and undergoing an application process. âThey really and truly have to be the best students in our school to be part of the National Honor Society,â Principal David London said.
Friends and families of SS.C.D. School students filled Msgr. Wienker Hall Wednesday evening for the studentsâ international Christmas program, âChristmas Around the World,â which culminated with the youngsters circling the auditorium with their candles. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board wonât charge the Mathog Wrestling Club for its winter tournament until March, but it still realizes no solid decisions on tweaking the existing building usage fee rates.
Business Administrator Susan Robertson said Tuesday that the usage fees were changed this summer, and Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said there are three categories: School groups, non-profit groups and for-profit groups.
âBut we want to define those categories more clearly and decide where everyone fits and develop a revised fee schedule, if needed,â Robertson said.