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November 29th, 2010

HELPING OUR FURRY FRIENDS

November 29, 2010

Tracy Smith (fourth from left), Spirit ad representative, presents Bob Adamson (fifth from left), president of the Gateway Humane Society, with a donation from The Punxsutawney Spirit’s 2011 Pet Calendar, which is included in subscribers’ editions today. Also on hand are (from left) ad reps Jennifer Smith and Kara Wojcik, Smith, Adamson, and ad reps Brittany Smith and Amanda Adams. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

November 28th

Circle of the Trees winner

November 28, 2010

The winners of the Circle of the Trees competition, presented by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club, were announced following Saturday’s Home for the Holidays Parade in Barclay Square. The winner of the Best Overall Tree went to the Punxsutawney Arts Association. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Minor injuries reported in Saturday wreck

November 28, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney woman lost control of her vehicle on a slippery Route 436 Saturday morning causing a one-vehicle accident.

According to Punxsutawney Borough Police, a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Vera Pelky, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 436 on the Margiotti Bridge and lost control due to icy conditions which caused her to strike a wall.

Police added that Pelky’s vehicle spun around after striking the wall and came to rest in the northbound lane.

Way Back When

November 28, 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.

November 26th

First Church of God welcomes return of Living Christmas Tree for holiday season

November 26, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After a year hiatus for retooling, the Living Christmas Tree returns to the First Church of God in Punxsutawney, with free tickets available to the public beginning Monday.

Ron Shirey, chairman of the tree committee at the church, pointed out that it was a difficult decision to not have the program last year.

“We see the Living Christmas Tree as a ministry to our community, and we’re very appreciative of the community support, so we don’t want to let the community down,” Shirey said.

The shopping season begins

November 26, 2010

(From left) Verna Storm, of Punxsutawney; Ivy Storm, of Chambersburg; and Susan Matus of Pittsburgh search the area’s Black Friday steals and specials at Fairlady & Company. (Photo by Holly Shok)

Residents reminded to be safe as deer hunting season begins Monday

November 26, 2010

HARRISBURG — As you’ve been hearing for the last several weeks, Monday marks the opening day of the two-week general deer hunting season.

Jerry Feaser, public information officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, reported that nearly 750,000 hunting enthusiasts sporting fluorescent orange and camouflage clothing will be hitting the woods at sunrise to try and harvest a trophy buck.

November 25th

4-H leaders continue to volunteer after a combined 80 years of service

November 25, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — To make the best better” has been the motto of the 4-H Club for the past 100 years.

And making the best better is just what Jefferson County 4-H volunteer leaders Lois Pifer and Diane “Dolly” Smouse have been doing for 40 of those 100 years.

The “learn by doing,” life-skills program engages area youth members, ages five to 19, in carrying out the mission of the club’s founding four H’s: Head, hands, heart and health.

County announces budget with no tax increase

November 25, 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 25, 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.

 

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