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Archive - Jul 2013

July 25th

Donald W. Buffington, 79

July 25, 2013

Donald W. Buffington, 79, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at The Heart of Florida Hospital after enduring a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.

He was formerly of Cogan Station, Pa.

He was born on May 25, 1934, in Beaver Township, Pa., the son of Dalton and Mary (Burkett) Buffington.

Donald was the husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Buffington. They would have observed their 59th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2013.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Tank Division of the 29th Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1955 to 1957.

July 24th

MLSB All-Stars fall to West Point in States opener

July 24, 2013

Punxsy's 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Stars opened their state tournament on Wednesday evening against West Point. Punxsy fell to the formidable West Point by a final score of 4-0. Brianna Hoover (pictured above) and Kendal Johnston had hits for Punxsy, and Johnston also pitched a solid game, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. "I'm proud of the girls," said Punxsy coach Brad Gigliotti. "West Point is traditionally one of the tougher programs in the state.

Coming together again: Church in the Park to unite congregations this weekend

July 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It will be a big weekend in Barclay Square and at Harmon Field, as many of the Punxsutawney churches are once again joining to celebrate Church in the Park Friday through Sunday.

Peggy McQuown, Church In the Park publicity director, said activities will be held at both locations throughout the weekend and will include activities such as a family movie, FamilyFest and a church service. She said the Movie in the Park will jump start the weekend events on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Michael A. "Mike" Larko, 98

July 24, 2013

Michael A. "Mike" Larko, 98, of Penn Hills, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Ligonier Gardens.

Mike was the beloved husband of the late Margaret J. Larko; the father of John Larko, of Leechburg, Pa., Michael J. (Marsha) Larko, of Plum, Pa., Rev. Ronald Larko, of Uniontown, Pa., Thomas (Karen) Larko, of Punxsutawney, Anna (John) Maier, of New Florence, Pa., Patricia (Ed) Morris, of Turtle Creek, Pa., and the late Robert G. Larko; the grandfather of 16; and the great-grandfather of 11. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

July 23rd

Miners complete sweep of Denny's, advance to finals

July 23, 2013

Tuesday night, the Rossiter Miners completed a four-game sweep of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub — the Federation League regular season top seed — in the semi-finals to advance to the finals.

The Miners are unsure who they will play, as the series between the Sykesville Senators and the DuBois Rockets is still going on.

For a full recap of the game, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Winslow Lawn and Garden grand opening set for Saturday

July 23, 2013

Winslow Lawn and Garden will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the store in Hudson.

Pictured from the ribbon cutting that was hosted by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce are (from left) Debbie Parise, chamber secretary; Nathan Stonbraker, technician for Winslow Lawn and Garden; Collin Bishop, owner of Winslow Lawn and Garden; Michele Neal, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce; and Zach Minich, staff member at Winslow Lawn and Garden.

Kiwanis, Key Club join together for 5K to fight maternal & neonatal tetanus

July 23, 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Punxsutawney and the Punxsutawney Area High School Key Club are sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Mahoning Shadow Trail.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., and participants who pre-register will be receive a T-shirt and a glow stick.

The event is being held to raise money to eliminate MNT (maternal and neonatal tetanus).

Red Cross to hold memorial blood drive Friday at S.S.C.D. in honor of Joseph Rougeux

July 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The American Red Cross is holding a special blood drive this Friday in memory of Joseph Rougeux.

In 1998, Rougeux was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.

In 2005, he passed away from a heart attack but was cancer free.

During his treatment, Rougeux had numerous blood transfusions and knew the importance of blood donation.

He was a dedicated Red Cross volunteer and donor who had been recorded as a 24-gallon blood donor.

His wife and children sponsor this blood drive to honor him and to bring awareness to the need for blood donations.

July 22nd

First UMC welcomes Ritchey as new pastor

July 22, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Plenty of local churches have been welcoming
new faces lately, and the latest in that line is the First United Methodist Church in town, which recently introduced Rev. Paul Ritchey as its new pastor.

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

SBA Disaster Outreach Center to open in Reynoldsville in response to the June 27 flood

July 22, 2013

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Services is reminding residents and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding between June 27 and July 12 that they can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration at a Disaster Loan Outreach Center set up in Reynoldsville.

According to Tracy W. Zents, Director of Emergency Services, loans are available in response to a letter from Gov. Tom Corbett on July 12, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.

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