SOUTHINGTON - Southington Local School students collected more than 500 teddy bears last week for the students of Newtown, Conn.
School officials said the teddy bears were a way to help the students with the healing process and ''to let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.''
The bears were sent on Friday, officials said.
In Mineral Ridge, high school students decorated a evergreen tree at corner of state Route 46 and Morris Street across from the middle school to show their support to the families of the victims and residents of Newtown following the shooting deaths of 26 people on Dec. 14.
A sign was also placed by the tree to honor the memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
for township family
HUBBARD TOWNSHIP - Donations are still being taken for a local family whose home was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.
Items were collected Saturday at the Hubbard Public Library and are being collected today at the township police department, 2600 Elmwood Drive.
The mobile home is owned by Trisha Kuzel, who has two children, a 9-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. Dana Tirabassi, event organizer, said the family lost all of their belongings in the fire.
Donations of new and used items, including clothes, shoes and diapers, are being sought to help pull together Christmas for the family during their time of need.
as missing man
MERCER, Pa. - Skeletal remains found on Dec. 1 have been identified as those of Donald Lee Mariacher, 80, who went missing from his Perry Highway home on July 13.
A hunter found the remains approximately 3/4 of a mile east of the man's house in a thickly wooded area, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.
According to Tribune news partner, WYTV News, more than a dozen people searched for Mariacher the Monday after he went missing while walking south on state Route 19 in Lackawannock Township toward Interstate 80.