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June 21st

Troy J. Harper, 43

June 21, 2013

Troy J. Harper, 43, of Brookville, died at home Friday, June 21, 2013, after a hard-fought two-year battle against cancer.

Born Aug. 8, 1969, in Charleroi, Pa., he was the son of Rose Ann Fronzaglio Harper and the late William Harper.

He was a law partner at Dennison, Dennison & Harper Attorneys at Law.

Troy had much pride for the community and affiliated himself with many

June 20th

Spotting those in need: Lisa's Ladybugs Patient Care Fund

June 20, 2013

A new, local non-profit organization called Lisa’s Ladybugs Patient Care Fund is starting in Punxsutawney with the aim of helping families that are going through cancer treatments for one of their family members.

The group hopes to provide assistance and aid to these families, especially in the areas of service-based needs such as cleaning, cooking or providing childcare.

Pictured here are some of the organizers (from left) Lori Ebel, Christina Hibbard, Sherri McMahan, Mary Kay Fedigan and Jaime Sherry.

Upcoming events for Lisa's Ladybugs include:

Renne following God’s calling on his life

June 20, 2013

The parish of Saints Cosmas and Damian Church recently celebrated a momentous occasion, as the Rev. David M. Renne, a Punxsy native, officially became an ordained priest on June 7, at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie.

He will be taking on the duties as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie.

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

PHIL WELCOMES TOURISTS

June 20, 2013

A group of 14 visitors from the Alle-Kiski Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) came to Punxsutawney on Tuesday to learn more about the town and its legendary weather forecaster.

After their arrival at the Civic Center, the tourists heard some interesting stories of local history from Tom Curry.

Tour guides Terry and Charlotte Fye had arranged for Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, to stop by and greet the guests.

Following Ploucha's lively and informative speech about Phil and Groundhog Day, everyone posed for a photo with the world's most famous

Phyllis “Jean” Reitz, 83

June 20, 2013

Phyllis “Jean” Reitz, 83, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Nov. 13, 1929, a daughter of the late Charles R. and Arabell (Enterline) Alcorn.

On June 6, 1953, she married Ray R. Reitz in the Worthville Church.

He preceded her in death on Aug. 30, 2000.

She was a member of the Cliff United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, gardening, canning, sewing and reading.

She was a member of the Ringgold Ladies Auxiliary and taught Sunday School and the Good News Club.

Priscilla Ann Bridge, 53

June 20, 2013

Priscilla Ann Bridge, 53, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at UPMC-Presbyterian Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born March 30, 1960, in Grove City, Pa., the daughter of Rev. George R. and Ida Belle (James) Krupp.

She was married to David C. Bridge, who survives.

She was a cafeteria worker for the Punxsutawney Area School District.

She attended the Tuesday Night Bible Study Group at St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

Her greatest joy in life was seeing her son, David, graduate from college.

June 19th

Presenting your 2013 Laurel Festival royalty!

June 19, 2013

Abby Amsler (front, center) was named this year's Laurel Festival Queen following the Laurel Pageant held at the Brookville Area Jr./Sr. High School on Tuesday. Pictured (from left) is the queen's court: (back) Mariah Gareis, first runner up; Christy Marks, fourth runner up; April Hetrick, second runner up; Marissa Hetrick, third runner up and Miss Congeniality; (front) Laurel Princess Aubree Afton; Amsler; and Laurel Prince Gannon McMaster.

Elkin’s ‘McDonald’s Coffee Crew’ to host spaghetti benefit

June 19, 2013

Sometimes you can find support in the unlikeliest places and for one
courageous woman battling cancer, she found it at McDonald's. Marsha Elkin is currently in remission from a third battle with cancer. While stopping in at McDonald’s, she met up with a group of people who soon became not only friends but also a wonderful support group. Those friends are hosting a spaghetti benefit dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the McCalmont Township Fire Hall in Anita. Pictured are Bob Black, Carol Gaston, Randy Redding and Elkin. Not pictured are Ed Gaston and Denny Napp.

Daniel J. Miller, 19

June 19, 2013

Daniel J. Miller, 19, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at home.

Daniel was born May 9, 1994, in Spartansburg, Pa., a son of John J. and Susan Miller.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, John J. Miller Jr. and wife Mary Ann, and Mervin Miller; four sisters, Barbara Shetler and husband Freman, Susie Miller and husband John and Rebecca and Mary Ann Miller, all of Punxsutawney; his paternal grandfather, John W. Miller of Punxsutawney; and his maternal grandmother, Alma B. Miller of Knox.

Kenneth S. Filler, 80

June 19, 2013

Kenneth S. Filler, 80, of Akron, Ohio, passed away June 18, 2013.
Ken was born on July 1, 1932, in Rossiter, Pa., to the late Ira and Bertha Filler.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. He was
employed for 22 years at Alside and for 6 years at Drosbach. He served as a custodian for 24 years at Tallmadge Local Schools and for 15 years at Church of the Master.

He was a longtime member of Tallmadge Wesleyan Methodist Church. Over

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