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Archive - Dec 2013

December 15th

Saturday snow keeps county crews busy

December 16, 2013

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Persistent snow showers throughout the day on
Saturday appeared to be a contributing factor in at least one of a number of accidents that took place during the course of the day.

For a full report, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy Masons to hold blood drive Tuesday

December 15, 2013

The Punxsutawney Masonic Lodge is sponsoring a blood drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the cafeteria at SS. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

The theme is "This Holiday Give Something that Means Something."

Pictured are members of the Masonic Lodge, (front, from left) Jerry Wright, past master; Pat Villella, Dick Fetterman, lodge members; (back) Ed Halo, Clifford Klinger, Robert Haag, lodge members; Chuck States, worshipful master; Roy Pate, lodge member; and James L. Shaffer, past master.

Way Back When

December 15, 2013

(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.)

Local Intelligence
December 1, 1897

Dr. Grube Will Wed
Mr. and Mrs. David Hutchison, of Pittsburgh, have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter Miss Minnie Newkirk, to Dr. John Grube, of Braddock. The wedding will take place on Thursday, December 9, and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Mansell, of Hazlewood.

December 13th

2103 Make-A-Wish schedule

December 13, 2013

Make-A-Wish will be broadcasting live on WPXZ 104.1 starting Monday.

To donate, call 814-938-8888.

The 2013 Make-A-Wish schedule is as follows:

• Miller Brother’s Furniture, West Mahoning Street Dec. 16-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Ragley’s True Value Hardware, North Findley Street Monday, Dec. 16, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Fox’s Pizza, North Findley Street, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Caterina’s, North Findley Street, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 to 9 a.m.

• Punxsy Area Middle School, Beyer Avenue, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 to 8 a.m.

Bartlebaugh, 3, thriving through family love, Make-A-Wish support; annual area MAW campaign kicks off Monday

December 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a saying that “God works in mysterious ways,” and we don't always know why things happen the way that they do, but He does.

For one brave little boy, the battle to survive began the moment he was born.

Mitchell Bartlebaugh was born with what the doctors diagnosed as Pierre-Robin Syndrome, a condition that left him with an underdeveloped bottom jaw and a tongue that fell back into his throat, causing him to be unable to breathe, accompanied by a cleft palate.

Now 3 years old, little Mitchell is a happy little boy, despite what he has had to endure.

December 12th

NHS holds induction, honors officers

December 13, 2013

The National Honor Society induction ceremony was held Thursday evening at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Three seniors and 22 juniors were inducted.

Pictured are the NHS advisors and officers: (front, from left) Tessa Spearing, vice president; Emily Travis, treasurer; Haley Hartman, president; Laura Chelgren, secretary; (back row) Mr. Jeff Long, assistant principal; Mr. Russell Bishop, teacher; Mr. Josh Conrad, teacher; Johnny Gigliotti, historian; and Mr. David London, principal.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday! Shelly Bishop

December 13, 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 Shelly Bishop.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Shelly Bishop is a familiar face. You may recognize her from the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, where she works in the lab. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Bishop was born in Punxsutawney but raised in Ringgold.

Fire department’s annual boot drive hopes to help kick hunger

December 13, 2013

The 30th annual Punxsutawney Fire Department boot drive to benefit area food banks will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in front of the fire halls.

Pictured above are a pair of Punxsutawney firefighters collecting money for last year’s drive.

Firefighters raised $8,325.05 during the 2012 drive, which was an increase from $7,102 in 2011.

December 11th

PAH welcomes Congestive Heart Failure Clinic staff with breakfast

December 12, 2013

Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) and its staff welcomed the AGH Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Clinic to the hospital with a breakfast on Wednesday.

Pictured (front, from left) are Paula Spack, vice president of PAH Patient Care Services; Matt Kengersky, PAH chairman of the board; Zuhdi Dajani, M.D. cardiologist; Mike Kacsmer, nurse practitioner; (back) Jack Sisk, PAH chief financial officer; Megan Clarke, pharmacist with the West Penn Allegheny Health System; Norm Fry, nurse coordinator; and George Sokos, D.O. cardiologist, AGH.

Gateway 4-H members see success at State Horse Show

December 11, 2013

Members of the Gateway 4-H Club recently attended the 4-H State Horse Show in Harrisburg. Members Amberley Spicher, Joey McKenrick and Samantha Muth participated in the State Model Horse Show. Each received several top-10 placings. Joey McKenrick placed first in his Miniature Horse Production Class; Adrionna Fetterman placed first in Therapeutic Equitation and sixth in Therapeutic Obstacle Course; and Samantha Muth participated in English Showmanship and Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle Horses.

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