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December 15th

Green light for new traffic signals

December 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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 13, 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 13, 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.

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