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Archive - May 28, 2014

Punxsy baseball brings home 11th straight D-IX title

May 28, 2014

The Punxsutawney boys' baseball team brought home the D-IX title for the eleventh straight year. A more exciting game these boys have not played all season! For a full recap of all the action, check out Wednesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

Eagles, police, fire department chip in to make Punxsutawney a safer place for kids

May 28, 2014

The Punxsutawney Eagles and Auxiliary hosted Child Safety Day Saturday to benefit the children and parents in the area. Members of Pennsylvania State Police Troop C checked car seats to make sure they were properly installed. Punxsutawney Borough Police offered fingerprinting, and the Punxsutawney Fire Department demonstrated fire prevention and gave tours of the department's apparatus. Pictured (from left) are Gabe Duncan, Punxsutawney Borough Police officer, fingerprinting Layla Brown, with assistance from her mother, Lisa Brown.

Community Guidance Center holds open house at new office located in Community Health Center

May 28, 2014

The Community Guidance Center held an open house last week inside Primary Health Network’s new Punxsutawney Community Health Center. Pictured (front, from left) are Lexi Miller, outpatient clinical supervisor; Michelle Barnhart, intake director; Lisa Orcutt, R.N.; (back) Crystal Waters, outpatient director; Jennifer Schrecongost, blended case management supervisor; Stacie Huber, family-based director; Marcy Sturgeon, receptionist; and Sean Plouse, community relations director.

For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88

May 28, 2014

Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.

Mr. Verdill was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James and Caroline (Rich) Verdill.

On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Eleanor (Leasure) Verdill, who preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988.

He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.

Buck worked 40 years for Cement Local 526 of Pittsburgh as a cement
finisher and a life member for the Elk Run Fire Department.

His pride and joy was gardening and planting flowers around his home.

James L. Sprankle, 90

May 28, 2014

James L. Sprankle, 90, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Sprankle Personal Care Home.

He was born April 19, 1924, a son of the late George and Carmen (Harwick) Sprankle.

He attended the First Assembly of God Church.

He was a retired tree trimmer for Penn Lines.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the United States Air Force, and was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, gardening and going to sales and auctions.

Carole G. Mankovich, 67

May 28, 2014

Carole G. Mankovich, 67, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward A. and Geraldine (Beech) Gerst.

On May 23, 1971, she married Dr. Dennis G. Mankovich, who preceded her in death on March 20, 1990.

She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University.

She was a member of the Library Board and the Irving Club. She enjoyed quilting, teaching and reading.

Helen R. Berger, 95

May 28, 2014

Helen R. Berger, 95, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Mulberry Square.

She was born May 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Homer G. and Margaret (Heitzenrater) Dunmire.

She attended Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

She enjoyed playing Bingo and crafts.

She was a waitress until the age of 75.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Vera Morford of California, and several nieces and nephews.

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