PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will have their boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at major intersections throughout town for the 29th annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.
Boot drive collections will take place in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall, West Mahoning; Central Fire Hall, East Mahoning, Hampton Avenue and Front Street intersection; and Elk Run Fire Company, at the intersection of Elk Run and Graffius avenues.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to the small town of Punxsutawney, one thing is for certain: It is a town where many do their best to lend a helping hand.
As the holiday season nears, we see the Make-A-Wish organization preparing to make the wishes of local children come true. We have the Toys for Tots program providing gifts for local children.
And now, the town has added another special something to its Christmas spirit â€” one for the elderly residents of Punxsy.
This year, for the first time, the Groundhog Club will be having a Holiday Elderly Care Gift Basket Drive.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” While the school term is winding down toward break, the IUP-Punxsy campus held its annual Toys for Tots Dinner event Thursday night to celebrate its season of giving.
The event was open to the public as well as students.
The cost was $7 per person, plus attendees were to bring an unwrapped toy.
IUP Dining was in charge of the dinner and prepared a delicious meal of prime rib with shrimp, potatoes and green beans. Dessert and beverages were also served.
Harry V. Nicholson, 81, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Lee and Iva O. (Williams) Nicholson.
On August 16, 1957, he married Helen I. (Fox) Nicholson, who preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 1997.
On July 24, 1999, he then married Bernice L. (Kramer) Nicholson, who survives.
He was an elementary principal in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 15 years.
He also taught in the Punxsutawney and DuBois Area School Districts for 20 years.
Herman Rehar, 83, of Kramer, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Christ the King Manor after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Penn Hills, a son of the late Anton and Jennie (Marincic) Rehar.
Mr. Rehar worked at Brockway Clay for 22 years and retired from the Reynoldsville Casket Company.
He served in the U.S. Army, 5th Armored Division, during the Korean Conflict.
He was Catholic by faith.
Mr. Rehar loved entertaining his friends by playing the accordion.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Salvation Army presented Fezell's County Market with an award for its many years of hosting the Red Kettle campaign at Christmastime.
The Salvation Army is recognizing Tim Fezell and Fezell's County Market with a plaque because they are supporting the community in all that they do, said Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army.
"Not only do they host the Red Kettle every year, they also prepare the bagged food that is distributed at Christmas," he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety Committee discussed tree trimming in Barclay Square at Tuesday's meeting.
"Council suggested that numerous trees in the park require some maintenance," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
White said it has been suggested that the borough bring in Scott Sjolander from Penn State Cooperative Extension to evaluate the trees in the park and which ones need to trimmed.
Sjolander walked through the park with White, Larry Chenoga, council president, and Joe Defelice, Public Works foreman, he said.
Vincent L. Haney, 96, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at DuBois Nursing Home.
Mr. Haney was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Cloe, a son of the late William A. Haney and Minnie Mae (Yost) Haney.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Mae (Vadasy) Haney, on Jan. 10, 2012.
He attended the Cloe United Methodist Church.
Mr. Haney was a carpenter by trade for many years and also worked for the B&O Railroad.
He was very creative at remodeling homes and was the founder of Haney Builders.
Judy Marie (Beatty) Miller, 49, of Anita, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
She was born March 18, 1963, in Brookville, a daughter of the late John Alfred and Sally Vallette (McMillen) Beatty.
She was a 1982 graduate of the Punxsutawney Area High School.
On May 7, 2005, she married Samuel Joseph Miller, Jr., who survives.
Judy had previously worked at County Market, Frank â€˜n Steins, the PA Memorial Home and Christ the King Manor.
She enjoyed quilting, camping, fishing and hunting with her husband.
RINGGOLD â€” Our interests are formed early on in life to what we enjoy doing. Most times, these interests are formed and developed through our families influence naturally become ours too.
This was the case for Mayportâ€™s Joe Martin, and his early love of local racing. The 27-year driver has turned this affection into his own racing career and growing success by the season on the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series.