The first weekend of the 20th-anniversary performance of the Living Christmas Tree put on by the First Church of God in Punxsutawney was performed in front of large crowds over the weekend.
The musical "Changed By a Baby Boy" will continue next weekend.
Call the church at 938-6670 to inquire about free tickets that may be left for the remaining performances.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department had their boots in hand over the weekend during the 29th-annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.
Pictured is Jim Murdock (right) of the Lindsey Fire Company collecting money during the food drive in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall on Saturday.
The total amount collected will be announced later today.
(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.)
November 11, 1896
A Possible Glass Plant
Representatives of a large French syndicate which has $ 3,000,000 to invest in the glass industry in Pennsylvania are in correspondence with parties here relative to the purchase of the Punxsutawney Bottle Works. What will come of it remains to be seen.
John F. Fortsch, 69, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Fortsch was born Nov. 8, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clarence J. Fortsch and Sara (Benson) Fortsch.
He is survived by his brothers, Thomas Fortsch and wife Gladys of Tennessee and Conrad Fortsch and wife Bonnie of Punxsutawney; his step-sisters, Karen McCauley of Punxsutawney, Barbara Black and husband Stanley of Punxsutawney and Patricia Manucha and husband Edward of New York; long-time companion Ken J. Stubbs of DuBois; and several nieces and nephews.
MARION CENTER â€” The young, aggressive Punxsy girls' hoops team clawed its way the entire contest, but fell short as Westmont-Hilltop rode Erin Rogersâ€™ 23-point night to a 50-45 victory in the Marion Center 3rd Annual Cancer Awareness Tip-off Tournament Friday night.
The Lady Chucks pulled to within a point, 44-43, with 59 seconds remaining, but Rogers connected on all six of her free throws from there to seal the Lady Hilltoppers close win.
Jeff Tech held its reorganization meeting Thursday with Lloyd McCreight elected chairperson and Shelly Caine vice chairperson.
BIG RUN â€” VFW Post 9044 of Big Run and the Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary held a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor Day â€” an annual recognition of the Dec. 7 attack by the Japanese that led to American involvement in World War II â€” on Friday, the 71st anniversary of the event, at the Big Run War Memorial.
The main speaker for the evening was VFW Post Chaplain Gene McKee, who is a veteran of World War II and also delivered the invocation and benediction for the event.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” The Reynoldsville Area Business Association bestowed its Citizen of the Year award upon local resident Jackie Stitt at the organizationâ€™s Eighth Annual Holiday Gala at the Bellamauro Social Hall this past Sunday.
It also distributed two college scholarships and recognized a retiring community businessperson before the afternoon was over.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Volunteer Field Genealogists, along with junior member Santana â€śTanaâ€ť Olp, presented a workshop on Dec. 1 in Titusville, Pa.
Instruction was given on the proper preparation of applications, accepted proof documents and suggested resources and methods of proving a Revolutionary War patriot.
A PowerPoint presentation gave participants an overview of how to use the public DAR website to find a Revolutionary War Patriot.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â It just wouldnâ€™t feel like the Christmas season in Punxsutawney without the magic of Make-A-Wish in the air.
Make-A-Wish invites the members of the local community to help give the gift of a wish-come-true to a local child with a life-threatening medical condition this week, as it kicks off its Annual Light Up A Childâ€™s Life holiday campaign.
Monday through Friday, Make-A-Wish will be doing live radio broadcasts from remote locations around the area.
The schedule is as follows: