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First same-sex marriage ceremony performed in Jefferson County

May 27, 2014

Roger Fye (right) and William Schlagel (center) are Jefferson County's first legally recognized same-sex couple, after being married by Judge John Foradora in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Same-sex marriages have been recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, when U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the state's statutory ban was unconstitutional.

Schlagel and Fye have known one another for five years and have been partners for two.

Fye is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, while Schlagel is originally from the Pittsburgh area.

New lifeguard chairs being donated in memory of former Punxsy lifeguard

May 27, 2014

Pamela Boyer (left) and her family raised money in memory of Boyer’s son, Philip, to replace the lifeguard chairs at the George C. Brown Community Pool, and the new chairs will be dedicated at a ceremony on May 31 — the first day the pool will be open for the year. Pictured with Boyer is SPLASH representative Lisa Switlick.

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

Essay, Americanism Award winners honored

May 27, 2014

Pat Rougeux, of American Legion Post 62, presented their Americanism Awards to three eighth-grade students chosen by their teachers for their honor, courage, service, scholarship, leadership and Americanism at Monday's Memorial Day Observance in Barclay Square.

Pictured (from left) are Rep. Sam Smith, Pa. Speaker of the House; Betty Kotula, American Legion Post 62; Andrew William Wehrle, VFW Post 2076 essay winner, "What Does Patriotism Mean to Me?;” Emily Cavallo, Matthew Wehrle and Kaitlin Doverspike, Legion Post 62 Americanism winners; and Rougeux.

Leonard W. Burkett, 73

May 27, 2014

Leonard W. Burkett, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Burkett was born June 20, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Leonard J. and Ruth (Stormer) Burkett.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances C. (McDonald) Burkett.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Military Police Officer.

Leonard worked many years as a foreman for G.E. in Erie before returning to Punxsutawney to work for Yenzi Coal Company before retirement.

He absolutely loved to ride his Harley as much as he could. He also enjoyed fishing and flower gardening.

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