November 29th, 2013
This year's annual Home for the Holidays Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
It will begin at the Punxy Plaza and march to Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ÂÂâ Christmas has been described as a "magical" time of year,
and if you're looking to capture some of that magic, you might want to take in a performance of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God (FCOG) in Punxsutawney.
Free tickets will be available beginning Monday for this year's edition of the Living Christmas Tree at the church, located at 23 Skyview Drive.
For ticket details and performance times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Have you started your Christmas shopping as of yet? Even if you have, then you might want to add some more names to your list
from Mulberry Square in Punxsy.
Vickie Amundson, Mulberry Square activities director, said they are holding a Christmas party on Dec. 23, and Santa Claus will be coming to bring gifts to all of the residents.
"We're looking for the community to purchase gifts for Santa to give to the residents so that everybody has one," Amundson said, adding that for this party, the gifts will all come from the community.
Janet M. Dinger of Northview Drive, Brookville, beloved wife of Harold F. (Pete) Dinger, and daughter of Cloyd (Link) Lingenfelter and Ruby Diener Lingenfelter, passed away from natural causes on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
She was 78 years old and had been a resident of the Jefferson Manor for the past four years.
Janet was born in Brookville on April 3, 1935, and graduated as salutatorian from Brookville Area High School in 1953.
She was married to Pete Dinger in 1954 and lived in Brookville, where they raised their family.
Cecil James Payne, 89, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born March 7, 1924, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Henry James and Ivy Theola (Bowen) Payne.
He was married to Elizabeth Ann (Jordan) Payne, who preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2003.
For many years, he owned and operated the Payne and Pennington Television Sales and Service Center in Punxsutawney.
Cecil played the clarinet in the Punxsutawney High School Band, as well as playing in many local bands.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Josh Greenblatt.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Josh Greenblatt is a recognizable face. You may recognize him as the owner of Vision Creative Solutions, or perhaps you have seen him coaching Little League down at the baseball complex.
Outdoor Christmas decorations just like this inflatable snowman may be popping up all over Punxsy soon, as Agape Student Housing is sponsoring an outdoor decorating contest.
For details, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ At a recent meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council granted approval to a request from the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce for free parking in the downtown area during the holiday season.
Approval was granted for free parking in downtown from Saturday through Dec. 31.
Dorothy Irene Anderson, 88, of West Springfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
Born on Jan, 5, 1925, in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late Jennings Clay and Margaret Berkey Barnett.
Dorothy graduated from Punxsutawney High School.
She was a homemaker and was devoted to her family.
She loved her home and her animals. Dorothy was an avid family historian and devoted countless hours to compiling her familyâs genealogy.
She greatly enjoyed gardening, cooking and birdwatching.
She was a Daughter of the American Revolution.
This Christmas, the town of Bethlehem in 0 A.D. will come to life at the Paradise United Church of Christ in Henderson Township during its annual Bethlehem Walk. Visitors will become players in the Christmas story as they become travelers in ancient Israel, arriving in Bethlehem for the census.
The Bethlehem Walk will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8 and 15 at the Paradise United Church of Christ Youth Center located at 4336 Big Run Prescottville Rd., Reynoldsville, Pa. There is no charge for admission, though donations will be taken for a to-be-determined cause.