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BROOKVILLE â Ivy Kiesling has always dreamed of living under the sea, just like Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, and a few months ago, her dream came true, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It took quite a lot of time and concern, however, before her wish could come true, but today, she welcomes guests, such as younger sister Haley, to her Pineapple Clubhouse in her back yard.
Wish Kid Garrett Gardner (left) declares Thursdayâs Make-A-Wish pledge total to be $23,000.57. If thatâs impressive, just wait until today, WPXZ-FM 104.1 News Director Josh Widdowson (right) said. With extended coverage until 7 p.m. tonight, and the auction wrapping up, the final day of the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapterâs âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign will commence with great expectations, setting out just shy of seven wishes. Gardner also shared his swimming pool wish experience on the air. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council said PennDOTâs new traffic signal project should commence in late spring or early summer.
Borough Manager Ben White said in an earlier interview that each of the intersections along Mahoning Street â including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets â will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms. The Hampton intersection is the only one that currently has mast arms to support its traffic signals.
The SS.C.D. Childrenâs Choir, under the direction of Arlene Stewart with accompaniment by Toie Neal, shared a number of Christmas carols for residents and guests at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, where the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought its âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ campaign Wednesday. Also, the students presented a $1,584.95 donation â realized from its fund-raising â to Make-A-Wish. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Judging by Wednesdayâs bookkeeping, Senior Corps-RSVP Director Janeen Love said more than 415 Jefferson County kids will benefit from the annual Toys for Tots Christmas campaign.
Toys for Tots â operated by Community Action on behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve â had collection boxes placed at area businesses throughout November and December and provides eligible, registered children with three big toys and a grab-bag.
This yearâs campaign collected close to 1,700 toys in total, Love said.
BROCKWAY â Right now, the only thing 10-year-old Cody Kuntz of Brockway is really worried about is his continuing visits to the dentist.
Due to a chromosome disorder, Cody â the son of Dan and Barb Kuntz of Brockway â has no adult teeth to fill in when his baby teeth fall out, and heâs looking at needing a palate or braces, because his adult teeth wonât replace babyâs teeth he loses.
âI just wish my mouth was normal,â he said, adding, âI just hope when my growth spurt comes, Iâm going to grow.â
CLARION â Joe Sestak, the recently defeated candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, visited DuBois and Clarion Tuesday as part of a state-wide tour.
The purpose of the tour, Sestak said, was to thank those who supported him. In doing so, though, he answered questions and addressed issues of concern for his constituency.
âThis is my thank-you tour,â he said. âAnd a chance to say, âYes, we can do this. We came so close in a year when every other Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania was getting smoked.ââ
BROOKVILLE â Brookville Hospital announced this week that it will no longer offer intensive care services to extremely ill patients.
The decision to change services comes about due to little or no patient volume in the hospitalâs ICU, according to hospital president and chief executive officer John Sutika.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âThe Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapterâs âLight Up a Childâs Lifeâ week-long wish campaign set forth Monday with day oneâs fund-raising total equaling nearly enough to grant two wishes.
The foundation, which grants once-in-a-lifetime experiences â such as vacations, celebrity meetings and shopping sprees â to children facing life-threatening illnesses, ages two-and-a-half to 18, calculates the cost of a wish as $3,400.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the 2011 budget with no tax increase at Mondayâs council meeting.
Council President Susan Glessner said at last monthâs meeting that council did agree to shift 0.15 mills from the recreation department budget to the library fund budget to make up for the short fall in funding from the state.
Glessner has praised the department heads and borough employees for working hard on next yearâs spending plan so that they can continue with all of the boroughâs services without increasing taxes.