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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Every year, one day exists when the world seems to stop spinning so quickly on its axis. In the graceful winter stillness, all is silent. Troubles and worries nearly fade away as families gather and friends reunite. Magic is made real for children. And adults watch, instead of work, as the world passes by, just for the day.
BROOKVILLE and THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN â€” Christmas will be different for Jeffrey Draa and his mother, Joann, this year. Namely, they will be together during the holidays for the first time in three years.
Draa is a member of the U.S. Navy, and serves on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, which has been at sea for the past 211 days, according to Lt. Katie Cerezo, assistant public affairs officer for the Truman. Draa has been on board for that entire duration.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On a silent winterâ€™s night, with only the soft jingle of silver bells to disturb the stillness, Punxsutawney native Betty Daughenbaugh would set out along Sprankle Mills Road on a horse-drawn sled. That cherished childhood memory of a lovely, snow-white sleigh ride is a recollection that Daughenbaugh has revisited often in her 90 years. It is one she was certain was meant to remain only a memory as she is now just a decade shy of a century.
Nevertheless, this year, all Daughenbaugh really wanted for Christmas was a trip down memory lane.
ROSSITER â€” After many years of trying, the Rossiter Playground Association completed its goal this year of constructing a playground at the Rossiter Ball Field.
Barbara Mack, association secretary, said it might never have happened if not for the help of the late John J. Mizerock Jr. of Punxsutawney.
John Mack, president of the association, said Mizerock donated money and a stone for the historical marker that was placed in Rossiter, and then encouraged the group to construct a playground in the village.
HARRISBURG â€” Area code 582 is coming soon to a phone near you.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility said 582 will be the new area code for much of northwestern Pennsylvania starting in 2012, The Associated Press said.
Last week, the commission approved a plan to divide the 814 area code. The change will affect Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties.
Parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties will also get the new area code, AP said.
The commission said Tuesday the new code is expected to take effect Feb. 1, 2012.
BROOKVILLE â€” The killing of a corrections officer in Crawford County two months ago prompted the Jefferson County Jail Board to approve a change in policy Monday.
According to Jefferson County Warden Tom Elbel, the Crawford County officer was killed while booking an incoming prisoner, who was unrestrained and attacked the officer without the use of a weapon.
To avoid such a disaster, Elbel and the jail board moved to install bull rings, to which the prisoner will be fastened during booking.
A change in policy Monday made it mandatory for the bull rings to be used.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney is in need of much help, as itâ€™s only a little over halfway to its goal of $50,000 in the final week of the Red Kettle Campaign.
Keith Jache, co-corp commander, said Punxsutawney is a very generous community, and the Salvation Army is confident that residents will help the organization meet its goal.
â€śPunxsy has always been a very generous community, and we thank them for all the help theyâ€™ve given us over the years,â€ť he said.
Currently, the Salvation Army has raised $28,628.
BIG RUN â€” Big Run Borough Council gave final approval at Mondayâ€™s meeting to its 2011 budget with no tax increase.
Council president Nick Lantz announced at Novemberâ€™s meeting that there was a surplus of $57,635 from this past year.
He pointed out that once again, there would not be a tax increase for borough tax payers, and that the last tax increase in Big Run was more than 20 years ago.
The 2011 tax millage for Big Run is as follows:
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” PennDOT District 10 has not closed the purchase of the house located adjacent to the Route 119 (Ridge Avenue) and Route 310 (Elk Run Avenue) intersection.
Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said at a recent borough council meeting that PennDOT is hoping to close on the property after the holidays.
Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said at last monthâ€™s Route 119 committee meeting that the purchase of the brown house on the corner of the intersection for demolition became a really complicated issue from an appraisal standpoint.