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Archive - Mar 20, 2014

Salvation Army hoping for big things from Red Shield campaign after rough Red Kettle year

March 20, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On the heels of a very disappointing Red Kettle Campaign at Christmastime, the Punxsutawney Salvation Army is looking to rebound during its Red Shield Campaign and the annual golf tournament.

Capt. Keith Jache, co-commander of the Punxsutawney Salvation Army, said that the corps ended up about $12,000 short of the goal for the kettles.

Familiar Faces Friday!

March 20, 2014

(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 Joyce Farcus.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Joyce Farcus is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the owner of Mary’s Place Restaurant, or perhaps you have seen her around the community.

Born and raised in Punxsy, Farcus is a 1974 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

Huey's debut novel blends past, present in a tale of enduring love & faithfulness

March 20, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In this area, the name Michele Huey is one that is easily associated with writing.

Her award-winning weekly newspaper column "God, Me, and a Cup of Tea" has led to a pair of devotional books.

Her work has appeared in a number of national publications.

And as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers’ Guild and The Writing Academy, her influence on the writing community isn't limited to this area.

Huey's list of familiar accomplishments is far from short, but one thing rang true through all of her writing — she was always a writer of non-fiction.

Lisa Marie Ball, 25

March 20, 2014

Lisa Marie Ball, 25, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Shadyside Hospital.

She was born March 24, 1988, in DuBois, the daughter of Jill Elaine Redding and Douglas Scott Ball.

Lisa enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.

She loved her family and her dog "Bo" and her boyfriend, Dan Lowmaster.

The sunny beach was one of her favorite places to be; she also enjoyed camping, being outdoors, four wheeling, mud and being with her many friends.

In spite of all the difficulties of her illness, Lisa always had a bright, beautiful smile for everyone.

Tracy L. Hartman, 35

March 20, 2014

Tracy L. Hartman, 35, of Pontzer Avenue, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.

She was born on May 29, 1978, in St. Marys, a daughter of Garrett "Gary" and Pamela (Perkins) Hartman, of St. Marys.

Tracy was a graduate of SMAHS, Class of 1996, where she had been very active in the color guard.

She had worked at several area businesses, most recently at GKN.

She had a great love for her children and her animals and will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and big heart.

Geraldine A. "Sue" McCormick, 66

March 20, 2014

Geraldine A. "Sue" McCormick, 66, of Smicksburg, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mrs. McCormick was born August 11, 1947, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Lewis) Hill.

She is survived by her husband, William L. McCormick, of Smicksburg.

Geraldine was a member of the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company, where she cooked many meals.

She loved Bingo and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

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