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October 10th

Rossiter American Legion hosting benefit dinner for John Raniowski

October 10, 2013

A benefit dinner will be held for John Raniowski from 4 to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Rossiter American Legion.

This summer, Raniowski suffered head trauma and then had a stroke in August, which left him paralyzed on his right side.

To help with medical expenses and other expenses related to his care, friends will be hosting the benefit.

Pictured are a few members of the Church of the Resurrection Youth Group of Rossiter, who Raniowski often helped out (from left): Lexie Holeva, Ashley Holeva and Lucy Hawk holding Ty Behrendt.

Help comes from community support: Salvation Army’s Harvest Radio Auction this Saturday

October 10, 2013

Captain Keith Jache, co-commander of the Salvation Army in Punxsy, is pictured with the corps’ canteen truck, which is used to respond to emergencies throughout the county.

The canteen truck is one of the ministries that is supported through the annual Harvest Radio Auction, which can be heard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on 104.1 WPXZ.

Jache said the phone numbers to call for the auction on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., are 814-938-5530, 814-246-9880 and 814-938-9938.

A list of the auction items is also available on Page 9 of Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday! LYNN PORADA

October 10, 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 Lynn Porada.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Lynn Porada is a recognizable face around town.

You may have seen her working at Dr. Frank Bizousky’s office, or perhaps you have seen her rescuing stray animals throughout town.

An avid animal lover and animal advocate, Porada was born and raised in Punxsutawney.

Public Safety Committee warns of scam artists in area

October 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee is warning residents to beware of possible scam artists who may be working their way through the area.

Mike Porada, Public Safety Committee chair, said he has received complaints from borough residents about alleged salespeople going around town and asking people if they could come into their house and demonstrate their products.

October 9th

Punxsy Groundhog Club burrows into new home

October 9, 2013

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle cut the ribbon on its new office at 200 West Mahoning St. on Wednesday. Pictured (front, from left) are David Gigliotti, Thunder Conductor; Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club; Ron Ploucha, co-handler and Stump Warden, with Punxsy Phil; Bill Deeley, president, with the big scissors; Tom Dunkel, Shingle Shaker; Butch Philliber, Iceman; (back) Bob Roberts, His Protector; Tom Uberti, The Big Windmaker; A.J.

Boys' soccer sends seniors off right at home with 3-2 win

October 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — "You're going to see a barn-burner here. Eighty minutes up and down the field is what we need."

That's what assistant coach Kevin Hughes said before Punxsy took on Brockway for their final home game of the season.

With a 2-0 lead with about three minutes left in the first half, Hughes looked over and said, "See, this is exactly what we were looking for."

Head Coach Phil Shenkle agreed that his team laid it all out on the line en route to a 3-2 victory over the Rovers.

‘Two Nights of Royalty’ — Homecoming Queen to be crowned Friday, dance Saturday

October 9, 2013

Seniors at PAHS recently elected six girls to make up the 2013 Homecoming Queen’s Court. The court members are Emily Horner, Elizabeth Depp-Hutchinson, Isabella Gallina, Ashley Reitz, Emily Reitz and Searra Wasicki.

Mahoning Shadow Trail thanks supporters, plans for Saturday’s race

October 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Mahoning Shadow Shuffle decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary by honoring one of its longtime supporters, Indiana First Bank located on Snyder Hill Road in Young Township.

Matt Taladay, president of the Mahoning Shadow Trail, said he and Sue Wolfe, treasurer, presented Shannon Kaza, assistant vice president/branch manager, Indiana First Bank, with a photograph of the trail for being one of the first major backers to give a very generous donation that was used toward constructing the pavilion at Fordham.

Lois Marie Schumacker, 79

October 9, 2013

Lois Marie Schumacker, 79, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Rheed and Edna (Henry) States.

Mrs. Schumacker was Methodist by faith.

She enjoyed word puzzles, reading the Bible, crocheting and needlepoint. She was a tremendous help in caring for her grandson, John Paul Holeva, during his illness.

Richard G. Pence, 84

October 9, 2013

Richard G. Pence, 84, Ringgold, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Brookville, a son of the late Dolly Agnes (Shreckengost) and Foster Grant Pence.

On July 5, 1951, he married Lois (Shirey) Pence, who survives.

He was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Ringgold Fire Company, the New Bethlehem Masonic Lodge #522 and a Scout Leader.

He was retired from Citizen Utilities of New Bethlehem.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved woodworking, tying flies and loading shells.

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