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November 25th, 2010

County announces budget with no tax increase

November 26, 2010

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Commissioners Wedn-esday advertised the prop-osed budget for the 2011 fiscal year, and there will be no inc-rease on property taxes.

The property tax rate will remain at 10.75 mills of assessed property value.

County finance officer Deborah Gillung said it was “kind of a surprise” that a tax increase was not needed. This is the second consecutive year that the commissioners did not have to raise taxes.

Punxsy police receive gold award for traffic safety

November 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police was chosen again this year for the American Automobile Association (AAA) gold award.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said the award was presented by the AAA Traffic Safety Awards program.

“This is our third consecutive year for being recognized,” he said. The award is for implementing programs and projects that demonstrate the department’s endeavor to improve local traffic safety issues.

Fedigan said there are four standards for awards.

November 23rd

This Thanksgiving, fire-displaced families grateful for a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed superhero

November 24, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Everyone has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but two families in particular are thankful to have their lives, thanks to a four-year-old boy.

Four-year-old Kolton Renegade Powers and his family used to live in a duplex along Graffius Avenue until a fire destroyed their home Nov. 2. Neighbors Jim, Peggy and Elizabeth Trayer lived on the other side.

Sykesville Lions prepare annual Pancake Fry

November 24, 2010

SYKESVILLE — The Sykesville Lions Club was gearing up for its 57th-annual Pancake Fry Tuesday. The fry will start Friday, and run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets to the event, which is held at Town Hall in Sykesville, are available in advance and at the door. Customers receive a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, and the crowd of many hunters readying for deer season exchange outdoor stories over coffee.

Miss Pa. tells students: ‘Don’t COPP out!’

November 24, 2010

BROOKVILLE — Miss Pennsylvania 2010, Courtney Thomas, graced her Hickory Grove Elementary alma mater with a visit last Friday, leaving students with the message, “Don’t COPP out.”

The acronym stands for the 22-year-old Sigel native’s personal platform on the consequences of peer pressure (COPP).

While an eighth-grader at Brookville Junior-Senior High School, Thomas said she experienced the serious repercussions of falling to peer pressure first hand. The 2007 graduate decided to leave a high school football game, against her better judgment, to join friends for a car ride.

November 22nd

Circle of Trees event to feature new model of library

November 23, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The holiday season is upon Punxsutawney, and Barclay Square’s circle of patiently waiting pines is proof that Christmas is just around the corner.

This year will mark the Rotary Club’s fourth-annual Circle of Trees project. Placed Veterans’ Day weekend, 19 artificial trees surround Memorial Bandstand in Barclay Square, ready to be decorated by local non-profit groups and scheduled for illumination on “Light Up Night” Saturday.

JEFFERSON COUNTY PRIDE!

November 22, 2010

Jefferson County’s three participants in the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick event — (from left) Abby Jo Northey of Brookville, Laney Monroe of Punxsutawney and Blaise Carney of Reynoldsville — took part in the contest at the Steelers’ training facility on the South Side and then took the field at halftime during the Steelers versus Raiders game Sunday at Heinz Field. Abby Jo took second in the 10-and-11-year-old girls’ division, while Laney took third in the eight-and-nine-year-old girls’ division. Blaise’s placement in the eight-and-nine-year-old boys’ division was unavailable.

November 21st

County residents support troops through PASR project

November 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In the real spirit of Thanksgiving, area residents demonstrated their appreciation for the service of the American troops in Afghanistan by generously responding to a drive to send gifts to the men and women serving abroad.

Sponsored by the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), the project encouraged people of all ages to drop off snack foods, stationery, toiletry items and other merchandise which the troops have requested.

Tibbs family celebrates 14 years at church

November 22, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The congregation of the First Church of God in Punxsutawney recently celebrated the completion of 14 years of service for Greg Tibbs as the senior pastor of the church located on Skyview Drive.

Tibbs, his wife Jolanda and three sons — John, Chase and Hunter — have also served the congregation in a variety of ways over the past 14 years.

The Tibbs family was serving at the First Church of God in Cynthiana, Ky., for 13 years when they received the call to pick up their young family and move to Punxsutawney.

Way Back When

November 22, 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 15, 1896)

Of Interest to School Directors

A case which will be of interest to our readers was tried in Lawrence county recently. The points in the case briefly stated are: Miss Alice Dunham sued the school district of Sharpsville for wages, the plaintiff having been elected a teacher two years ago but had not articled.

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