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December 14th

Brookville Hospital plans to close its ICU due to low numbers of patients

December 15, 2010

BROOKVILLE — 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 hospital’s ICU, according to hospital president and chief executive officer John Sutika.

December 13th

Make-A-Wish campaign brings in more than $5,000 during first day

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY —The Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapter’s “Light Up a Child’s Life” week-long wish campaign set forth Monday with day one’s fund-raising total equaling nearly enough to grant two wishes.

The foundation, which grants once-in-a-lifetime experiences — such as vacations, celebrity meetings and shopping sprees — to children facing life-threatening illnesses, ages two-and-a-half to 18, calculates the cost of a wish as $3,400.

Council approves 2011 budget with no tax increase

December 14, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the 2011 budget with no tax increase at Monday’s council meeting.

Council President Susan Glessner said at last month’s 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 year’s spending plan so that they can continue with all of the borough’s services without increasing taxes.

December 12th

Area girl experiences the wish of a lifetime by meeting teen sensation

December 12, 2010

BROOKVILLE — 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 lifetime’s worth of hopes and dreams.

Middle school takes steps toward eliminating bullying

December 12, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — along with the retaliation.

In the last several years, there’s 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 what’s behind bullying and how to end it.

Way Back When

December 12, 2010

(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
(January 22, 1896)
Killed a Bird of Freedom

December 10th

‘Light Up a Child’s Life’ campaign begins Monday

December 11, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — including Mayor James Wehrle, guest-starring Monday — will make appearances all week.

Police: No injuries after vehicle strikes gas tie-in valve

December 11, 2010

VALIER — 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.

PRIDE reissues long out-of-print cookbook in time for the holidays

December 11, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney’s PRIDE has something to be proud of.

The non-profit organization is pleased to announce the reprinting of “Out of Our Kitchens,” a cookbook, according to board member Shirley Sharp, prepared from the recipes of local cooks.

The 215-page Cookbook Publishers Inc. product — originally compiled and published by the 1981-82 members of the Punxsutawney Young Women’s Club, which no longer exists — has been out of print for more than 20 years.

December 9th

Boot drive helps collect food for holidays

December 10, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend marks the 27th anniversary of the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s 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 — the only food bank in town at that time — had a need because people were hurting, just like today.

“We 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,” he said.

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