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December 6th

Teen diagnosed with cancer offered trip to Mayport farm through foundation

December 6, 2010

CLOE — Thanks to a group of caring people, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cancer was able to go on the hunt of a lifetime.

Mark Hildebrand, of the Tom Siple Foundation, said that D.J. Honneffer and his dad, Daniel, of Ellwood City, were treated to a deer hunt Nov. 20 at Byrd Yeany Farms in Mayport.

Byrd Yeany III suggested that his dad, Byrd Yeany Jr., offer a hunt to a deserving individual.

December 5th

Speaker reminds crowd of the lives lost as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor

December 6, 2010

BIG RUN — The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 and Ladies’ Auxiliary remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor Sunday at Big Run’s War Memorial building.

The attack called the Hawaii Operation — or Operation Z, by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor by some Americans — was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

The next day, the United States declared war on Japan, resulting in its entry into the second World War.

Way Back When

December 5, 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 22, 1896)
A New City Hall

Some of these fine days, when Punxsutawney gets to be a city of thirty thousand or more souls, and has big iron works, steel mills, nut and bolt works, wire mill, nail mill, and a through road to Pittsburg, all of which is not only possible but extremely probable, we will need a fine, large City Hall.

December 3rd

Officer: We had many successful hunters

December 3, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Beautiful weather Monday contributed to a large turnout of buck hunters in southern Jefferson County for opening day.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Mike Girosky reported that the opening week of the popular rifle season had its ups and downs in regards to the weather.

IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

December 3, 2010

(Front, from left) Cloey Robinson, Karen Wolfe; (back) Meghan Wolfe and Terry Wolfe, all from Brookville, were in the Victorian Christmas spirit in the parlor room at the Jefferson County History Center Friday. Caroling, a live nativity and horse-drawn carriage rides will continue today in Brookville. (Photo by Matthew Steffy/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Woman suffers injuries in Friday wreck

December 3, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Glen Campbell woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters following a crash that occurred at 5:15 p.m. Friday on Church Road, Canoe Township.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Raye A. Fry, 41, Glen Campbell, was traveling south on Church Road when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road, which caused the vehicle to turn counter- clockwise.

December 2nd

It’s too early for your winter Phil!

December 2, 2010

Indiana First Bank’s “You Can Bank on Phil” statue fell victim to snowflakes Thursday evening. Today, with temperatures ranging from the low 30s to the low 20s, marginally higher than Thursday, Phil may fare a little better. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Punxsy to receive new traffic signals through PennDOT

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This may not be on your Christmas list, but Punxsutawney is going to receive new traffic signals courtesy of PennDOT District 10 throughout the downtown area.

Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White said that the traffic signal upgrade is a PennDOT project.

“Each of the intersections along Mahoning Street — including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets — will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms,” White said, adding that Hampton is currently the only intersection that has mast arms that support the traffic signals.

PennDOT waiting to finalize sale of house for intersection project

December 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Route 310/119 intersection improvement project continued to be a big topic of discussion at Thursday’s Route 119 Improvement Committee meeting.

Mark Rozich, PennDOT District 10 highway design engineer, said that the purchase of the brown house located at the intersection — a house that the committee was planning to purchase for demolition — has not been completed yet.

December 1st

Elementary students won’t be washed away by waves of technology

December 1, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The 21st Century Learning Initiative continues to expand in the Punxsutawney Area School District, as technology broadens to the elementary grades.

“We used to just have one computer lab in each of our elementary school buildings,” elementary Principal Travis Monroe said. “There was just the stationary lab where a teacher had to work his or her classroom schedule around its availability. That really tied up a classroom.”

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