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December 17th

Historical society remembers 1949 with 2011 calendar

December 18, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sure, the calendar for sale by the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society contains the calendar dates of 1949, but that’s fine, because the dates for 1949 and 2011 match exactly.

Plus, the Society is releasing the calendar to coincide with the re-release of “Punxsutawney Centennial: 1849-1949.”

December 16th

Ivy Kiesling wishes for own SpongeBob clubhouse

December 17, 2010

BROOKVILLE — 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.

FINAL-DAY PUSH

December 17, 2010

Wish Kid Garrett Gardner (left) declares Thursday’s Make-A-Wish pledge total to be $23,000.57. If that’s 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 chapter’s “Light Up a Child’s Life” 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)

December 15th

Green light for new traffic signals

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council said PennDOT’s 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 — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — 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.

$15,169.56 AND COUNTING

December 16, 2010

The SS.C.D. Children’s 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 “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign Wednesday. Also, the students presented a $1,584.95 donation — realized from its fund-raising — to Make-A-Wish. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Guaranteed happy faces

December 16, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Judging by Wednesday’s 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 — operated by Community Action on behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve — 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 year’s campaign collected close to 1,700 toys in total, Love said.

December 14th

Doctors said Cody Kuntz wouldn’t live the life he is now

December 15, 2010

BROCKWAY — 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 — the son of Dan and Barb Kuntz of Brockway — has no adult teeth to fill in when his baby teeth fall out, and he’s looking at needing a palate or braces, because his adult teeth won’t replace baby’s teeth he loses.

“I just wish my mouth was normal,” he said, adding, “I just hope when my growth spurt comes, I’m going to grow.”

Sestak: We didn’t get the message across

December 15, 2010

CLARION — 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.

“This is my thank-you tour,” he said. “And a chance to say, ‘Yes, we can do this. We came so close in a year when every other Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania was getting smoked.’”

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.

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