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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.
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.