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May 28th

Kids, register for the Summer Reading Program

May 28, 2013

As summer finally makes its presence known, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to go with its 2013 Summer Reading program.

The program, held each summer, will have its official kick-off party on June 17.

This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading," and will focus on things beneath the surface. The program is open to children 18 months through 18 years of age, and those wishing to participate must register either at the library or online.

To register online, visit www.punxsutawneylibrary.org, or stop in at 301 East Mahoning St., Barclay Square.

Joseph F. Ciccone, 84

May 28, 2013

Joseph F. Ciccone, 84, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Wellington Heights Personal Care Home.

He was born May 19, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Giovanna (Manacchio) and Felice Ciccone.

He was a member of S.S.C.D.

He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing bingo, socializing and watching old movies on AMC.

He was a former member of the Army and Navy Club.

He worked for Lori’s Footwear in Big Run.

Surviving relatives include a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Lyle C. Knapp, 77

May 28, 2013

Lyle C. Knapp, 77, of Baxter, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Baxter, Pa., a son of the late Curtis and Mable Rhoades Knapp.

Mr. Knapp married Hazel Geist on Jan. 28, 1956.

She preceded him in death.

Lyle was a laborer at Glen-Gery Brick (formerly Hanley Brick), where he retired on March 1, 1998.

His hobbies included hunting, gardening and farming.

He is survived by a brother, Dave Knapp of Trenton N.C.; a sister, Alberta Bish of Kingsville, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial Day photo gallery

May 28, 2013

It was a day of honoring not only those fighting for our country but those who gave their lives while fighting for it.

For the men of the Rossiter American Legion Post 582, it was a busy morning Monday as they headed out to seven different cemeteries, holding a memorial service at each one.

May 27th

Punxsy pays tribute to heroes on Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

The American Legion Post No. 62 presented two Punxsutawney Area School District eighth-grade students, Morgan VanLeer (second from left) and Ryan Young (second from right), with their Americanism Award certificates during Memorial Day ceremonies held in Barclay Square in Punxsy.

Pictured are (from left) Pat Rougeux, membership chairperson for American Legion Post No. 62; VanLeer; Raymond Depp, American Legion Post No. 62; Young; and Eleanor Depp, American Legion Post No. 62.

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

Rocker Bret Michaels plays charity concert in DuBois

May 27, 2013

It was a sunny and beautiful evening Sunday as hundreds of people joined together at the Treasure Lake Ski Lodge for a rock concert featuring Bret Michaels, who is best known as the lead singer of the 80's rock band Poison.

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

Big Run remembers fallen veterans on Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

The Big Run Boy Scouts present the colors at the beginning of VFW Post 9044's Memorial Day commemoration Monday at Fairview Cemetery.

Barbara A. Kennis, 63

May 27, 2013

Barbara A. Kennis, 63, of Mercer, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Grove City Medical Center.  

Barbara was born Dec. 1, 1949, in Kane, Pa., a daughter of George R. and Margaret (Zemlin) Jerko.

She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School class of 1967 and cum laude from Indiana

University of Pennsylvania class of 1971.

Barbara worked 25 years as a teacher for the Mercer Area School District.

On July 18, 1970, she married her husband, Michael P. Kennis, who survives, at home.

Ervin J. Schlabach, 68

May 27, 2013

Ervin J. Schlabach, 68, of Rossiter, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born June 7, 1944, in Middlefield, Ohio, a son of the late John E. and Emma M. (Miller) Schlabach.

He was the husband of the former Katie Byler. She survives.

Mr. Schlabach enjoyed spending his time with his horses, fishing and his dog, Shorty.

He was a very kind-hearted man with a sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

May 24th

Two days on the ground where the heroes among us train

May 24, 2013

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP — If you didn't grow up as a family member of someone who was in The National Guard, chances are there's a little bit of confusion as to what exactly the role these individuals who serve might play.

In college, I had some Guard friends, and I always sort of saw them as part soldier, part civilian. But earlier this month, I had the opportunity to take part in a Boss Lift program held at the training grounds for The Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, and it was there that I learned there is much more to it than that.

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