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July 5th

Punxsy First UMC kicks off VBS this Sunday

July 5, 2013

Julie Hall (left) and Brenda Esposito are pictured with puppet Godwin Merrifeather, who performs with Telly Ticket as part of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney's annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Anyone who needs more information can call the church office at 938-7500.

July 4th

'Comeback Kids': Minor SB All-Stars stay the course

July 4, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It was a pitchers' duel in Punxsutawney on Wednesday evening, and if it wasn't for some late action by the Punxsy's bats in the 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Stars game, St. Marys' Brianna Grotzinger would have come out on top. But thanks to a three-run fifth, Punxsy's Kendal Johnston, who pitched a complete game for the home team, earned the win in the 3-1 contest.

After the game, Punxsy head coach Brad Gigliotti was especially proud of his team's resiliency, as the players battled right to the end.

Today’s Groundhog Festival Schedule

July 4, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The schedule of events for today's Groundhog Festival includes the following:

• 10 a.m. to noon — Children's activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society;

• 11:30 a.m. to noon — M&M Magicians, sponsored by PNC Bank;

• Noon to 2 p.m. — Dennie Huber's Balloons;

• 2:30 to 3 p.m. — M&M Magicians;

• 3 to 5 p.m. — Dennie Huber's Balloons;

• 3:30 to 4 p.m. — M&M Magicians;

• 6 p.m. — Bingo at the Central Volunteer Fire Department;

• 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Cook & Belle (Country);

DuBois teen killed in UTV accident, one other severely injured

July 4, 2013

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — Thursday afternoon, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported a fatal vehicle crash that had occurred at 2 a.m. Thursday on Sprague Road, one-half mile east of State Route 2031 in Winslow Township.

Read the full story in Friday's Spirit.

Burrow Thunder to roar through town Saturday

July 4, 2013

The Punxsutawney Eagle Riders No.1231 motorcycle club will be having its annual "Burrow Thunder" on Saturday at 9 a.m., to benefit the Special Olympics.

The event will be held at the Punxsy Eagles parking lot.

A bike show will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with rides being offered at $15 for a rider and $10 for a passenger.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Groundhog Festival, and riders will travel 135 miles, making four stops along the way.

There will be a silent auction, a meal and a dance featuring the band Against the Grain.

Leone C. Howard, 97

July 4, 2013

Leone C. Howard, 97, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

She was born April 2, 1916, in Porter Township, Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Howard) Conway.

She attained an associate degree in criminology from IUP and was employed most of her life as a secretary for municipal governments.

She was married in Virginia on March 15, 1950, to Thomas Howard, Jr, who preceded her in death.

She was a Presbyterian by faith and was formerly a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney before moving from the area.

July 2nd

Still rollin': Punxsy wins opener at Sectionals

July 2, 2013

It was an all-around solid performance for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars Tuesday night in Saegertown, as they opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over the host.

Grace Aikens (pictured here) belted a two-RBI double and pitched two scoreless innings to help her team earn the victory.

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

Groundhog Festival events Schedule for Today, Thursday

July 2, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The schedule for today's activities at the Groundhog Festival is as follows:

• 10 a.m. — Registration for the Three-Wheel Race (ages 3-4);

• 10:30 a.m. — Registration for Three-Wheel Race II (ages 5-7);

• 10:30 a.m. — Three-Wheel Race I;

• 11 a.m. — Three-Wheel Race II;

• 11 a.m. — Registration for Scooter Race (ages 7-9, no power-assisted scooters);

•11:30 am. — Scooter Race;

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Make-A-Wish Face Painting;

Get ready to run! Tonight is the 18th Annual PACC Groundhog 5K

July 2, 2013

It's time for the 18th Annual Community Center 5K/2-mile Walk, which will be held tonight at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Punxsutawney Community Center, a non-profit organization.

Race registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the actual race will begin at 7 p.m. in front of Barclay Square and the Eagles.

Pictured here are Dan McGinley, assistant to the director of the Community Center (left), and Rob McCoy, director of the Community Center, standing behind the official T-shirts that will be worn.

July 1st

Tyger's clutch walk-off double keeps Punxsy Junior All-Stars alive

July 1, 2013

Jacob Tyger (right) celebrates with his teammates after slugging a clutch walk-off double to award the Punxsy Junior All-Stars the 7-6 eight-inning comeback win Monday night in Punxsy. Tyger went 2-for-5 from the plate with a double, an RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Tyger also picked up the win at the mound for Punxsy, throwing five innings with one strikeout, one walk and one run allowed on five hits.

For a full write-up on the game, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit

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