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Archive - May 2013

May 7th

School board approves preliminary budget

May 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted to approve the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year at Monday's voting meeting.

Bob Pascuzzo, board member, asked how much fund balance the district will need to finish the 2012-13 school year.

Susan H. Robertson, district business manager, said as of right now, she has projected $500,000 but believes it will be closer to $300,000 by the end of the school year.

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

‘Dr. Bob’ treats Parkview Elementary students to veterinary presentation

May 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Friday, the students at Parkview Elementary School were given a special treat, when Dr. Robert Altmeyer, who the students already knew as “Dr. Bob,” and his two helpers — his son Aaron and Therman the dog — delivered a presentation to them on taking care of their pets.

After some brief introductions, Altmeyer showed the students how to do a pet inventory and asked the students what kinds of pets they had.

Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts Office hosting Passport Fair Saturday

May 7, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Tonya S. Geist has announced that the Jefferson County Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts Office will be hosting a special passport event this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 200 Main St., Brookville.

“The fair is to provide passport information to the citizens and to accept passport applications for persons who may not be accommodated during regular business hours,” Geist said.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.

May 6th

Big fifth powers Lady Chucks to season series sweep of Lady Lions

May 6, 2013

ALTOONA — It is always nice to sweep a school more than twice your size.

A big five-run fifth inning powered Punxsy over host Altoona, 7-2, to sweep the season series.

The Lady Chucks won the contest on their home field, 10-5, on April 11.

"We started out slow. We hit the ball, just didn't find holes or string any hits together until the fifth," explained Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer. "Ashley Bacha did a good job keeping us in the game until then."

Garden Club set to Revive town’s beautification projects

May 6, 2013

The Punxsutawney Garden Club beautification committee continues to plan for the new planting season.

Pictured in front of the bandstand at Barclay Square in Punxsutawney — one of nine projects that the club takes care of throughout town — are (from left): Dotty Jekielek, hayrack chair; Pat Prushnok, trestle flower bed chair; Jonna Irvin, bandstand chair; Dr. Gloria Kerr, Fairman and library beds chair; and Debby Elder, urns and barrels chair.

Troubles now in the past, PACC continuing to offer plethora of services to town

May 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is good news in downtown Punxsutawney: The Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) continues to grow under the current board of directors after it came perilously close to closing its doors circa August 2009.

"There's been quite a change at PACC regarding our facilities under the current board of directors," said Rob McCoy, PACC director.

McCoy said he's been helping out at the center off and on since 1998.

Public Safety Committee discusses new basketball gear for Harmon Field

May 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The co-coordinator for the basketball league at Harmon Field put in a request to the Punxsy Borough Council Public Safety Committee for new basketball hoops and poles to help grow the program further.

Aaron Emhoff, one of the directors of the basketball league at Harmon Field, asked the committee if Punxsutawney Borough Council would look into replacing the hoops at Harmon Field.

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

Longview students throw pajama party at Mahoning Hills Social Center

May 6, 2013

The senior citizens at the Mahoning Hills Social Center received a visit from some students from the Longview Elementary School recently.

Mrs. Gotwald's first-grade class decided to have a pajama party with the seniors and had the students and seniors wearing their pajamas.

Each student stood up and read from a book of his or her choice.

Clarence Spotts (left) and Claire Schrock (right) listen attentively as Gracie Carey (middle) reads the book "Olivia the Princess."

Joan T. Bloom, 70

May 6, 2013

Joan T. Bloom, 70, of Indiana, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of the late Laird and Isabel (Keller) Hays and was born Aug. 14, 1942, in Coolspring, Pa.
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Ms. Bloom enjoyed visiting family and friends, playing bingo, doing crafts and finding bargains at trade shows and yard sales with
her best friend, Nick Krisko.

She is survived by her five children, Rod Bloom of Punxsutawney, Kevin Bloom of Punxsutawney, Lisa Chesnoka of Winfield, Ala., Peggy Bloom of
Beavercreek, Ohio, and Mary Libecco of Mammoth Cave,Ky.

May 5th

M. Elizabeth “Libby” Esposito

May 5, 2013

M. Elizabeth “Libby” Esposito, of State College, formerly of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at The Fairways at Brookline in State College.

A daughter of the late John B. and Margaret Duff Anibaldi, she was born in Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Esposito was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

Libby was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church.

She was a long-time dispatcher for Citizens’ Ambulance Service, prior to 911, and when Bon-Ton opened, she was a sales associate in the housewares department.

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