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Archive - Oct 2013

October 24th

Bring on the Owls: Punxsy advances past Clearfield to set up Bradford rematch up

October 24, 2013

BROCKWAY — Thirty-four degress with a brisk breeze is the perfect football weather.

But when it comes to a good, old-fashioned futbol game, it's less than ideal.

Regardless of the conditions in Brockway, the boys' soccer team walked away from its first-round playoff match against Clearfield as the 4-1 winner.

"This was cold, but I'll take it," head coach Phil Shenkle said. "I was afraid it was going to be wet and gross. This was perfect."

Updated: Trick-or-treat, Halloween event schedule

October 24, 2013

Here’s a list of local trick-or-treat/Halloween events:

• Big Run Borough — Big Run Borough will hold trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters are to go only to homes with the porch light on.

• Brookville — Halloween will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade will be held at 5 p.m., starting at the Y.M.C.A. and ending at the Brookville Fire Dept. on Madison Avenue. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5:30 p.m., immediately after the parade, and will continue until 8 p.m.

Familiar Faces Friday! Bill Vassallo

October 24, 2013

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Bill Vassallo.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bill Vassallo is a recognizable face.

You may recognize him as the athletic director at Punxsutawney Area High School who often oversees the games, or perhaps he is most recognizable as the 9th-grade American history and world cultures teacher at PAHS.

PCS senior Martino organizing blood drive to help community

October 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Friday, Nov. 1, Punxsutawney Christian School will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in the school gym from noon to 6 p.m.

Julia Martino, a PCS senior, is organizing the drive through the Red Cross Educational Scholarship Program. The program allows students to help others in their community and around the region while raising college scholarship funds.

Appointments for donating can be scheduled in advance by logging on to www.redcrossblood.org and using this sponsor code: PunxsyChristian.

Lee “Eagle” Anderson, 74

October 24, 2013

Lee “Eagle” Anderson, 74, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Punxsutawney and Kersey, Pa., passed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.

He was born Aug. 16, 1939, in Rochester, a son of the late Lee O. and Virginia (Bailey) Anderson.

Lee served a brief time with the U.S. Air Force.

He was a former employee of IBM Metals, Ridgway, and also worked construction for most of his adult life.

He loved the outdoors, and after earning the Eagle Scout Award at an early age, his heart was devoted to scouting.

Lee served in scouting for more than 40 years.

October 23rd

Weather Discovery Center presents to Punxsy School Board

October 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the changes in the weather of late, it is only fitting that the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center gave a presentation about its program at the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting on Wednesday.

Jim Cassidy, chairman of the board for the Weather Discovery Center, thanked the school board for the opportunity to talk to their board from his.

What’s cookin’? Why, it’s a culinary fundraiser for the PACC projector!

October 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The IUP Culinary students are cooking up a fundraiser this weekend that will benefit the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) digital projector fund.

Martha Jo Rupert, chef instructor at IUP Culinary School, said the school encourages its students to be active in the community by raising funds for a specific cause.

"That gives them the opportunity to understand that it’s not just about what you're doing; it's about everyone around you," she said.

For the rest of the story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Boys' soccer prepares for playoff showdown with Clearfield

October 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Monday night, the Punxsy boys' soccer team traveled to Clearfield to battle the Bison in its regular season finale.

The Bison left the game with a 2-1 victory, which had no significance when it came to the standings.

If the same thing happens tonight, well, the Chucks go home without a rematch.

Yup, that's right, Punxsy fans.

It's officially playoff time for fall sports, and the boys' soccer team kicks it off with its District IX first-round game against Clearfield.

October 22nd

FCOG hosting sixth year of Free Clothing Days

October 22, 2013

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Is there such a thing as a a free lunch? Maybe, maybe not; but how about free clothing?

The answer is a resounding yes!

Free Clothing Days are back this week at the First Church Of God in Punxsutawney.

Shelley Rowan, coordinator of Free Clothing Days, said this is the sixth year for the popular clothing giveaway.

"What has made this so successful is the high quality of the clothing that has been donated to the drive in the fall and spring over the years," Rowan said, adding that all of the clothing is gently worn, and there's no limit to what you may take home.

St. Joseph’s donates golf tourney proceeds to Gateway Humane Society

October 22, 2013

Earlier this year, St. Joseph's Polish Society held its third annual golf tournament at Hemlock View Golf Course.

Fourteen teams consisting of four players each took part this year for a total of 56 participants.

All participants were invited back to the club for dinner after a great day of golfing. Many prizes were awarded to participants.

Several local businesses donated prizes or contributed to the overall total that was collected to donate to the Gateway Humane Society, the organization chosen by the club's board of directors.

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