Archive - May 2014
Everything is coming up tulips and daffodils, as Punxsutawney Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 offered a helping hand last fall to the Punxsutawney Garden Club in planting bulbs at the Margiotti Bridge garden.
The garden was chosen as the May Garden of the Month.
Pictured (from left) are Libby Hoover, Margiotti Bridge Garden chair; Susan Lefcowitz, committee member; Meredith Brooks, Riley Franklin, Emma
Brotherton, and Elizabeth Tracy, Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 20328; Elizabeth Penland, committee member; and Tracy Fleming, Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 leader.
Sixth-grade students at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) are pictured during a week-long slate of anti-bullying and anti-drugs programs called "Band Against Bullying and Drugs," which is shown on their T-shirts.
Members of the Key Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) spoke with students from PAMS about alternatives to drug use.
Agnes L. Perry, 81, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
Mrs. Perry was born July 22, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Walter T. Smouse, Sr. and Agnes (Rankin) Smouse.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Richard C. Perry.
Agnes was a member of the Albion United Methodist Church.
She and her husband, Richard, were the founders of Perry Drilling Co. of Frostburg.
She loved gardening and having Sunday dinner with her family.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar faces are Patti Fallara & Lou Ann Poole.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Patti Fallara and Lou Ann Poole are familiar faces. You may recognize both of them as the secretaries at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fallara was born and raised in Punxsutawney. She is a 1979 graduate of PAHS.
BELL TOWNSHIP â So, you think you want to fly off into the wild blue yonder?
Well, Saturday you'll get the chance to try out that plan if you try attending Learn to Fly Day at the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport, located in Bell Township.
Larry Straitiff, owner/instructor at Center Line Aviation Ltd., said flight schools around the country will be participating in Learn to Fly Day this Saturday.
For details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Anthony W. Augustino, 65, Wexford, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at UPMC Passavant, Pittsburgh.
He was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Camden, New Jersey, a son of John P. and Charlotte H. (Bramble) Augustino.
On Oct. 18, 1969, in Paulsboro, New Jersey, he married Barbara F. (Martz) Augustino, who survives.
He was a member of St. Johnâs Lutheran Church in McCandless.
Anthony enjoyed woodworking, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren and coaching Little League.
He was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council members continued to question overtime pay for Punxsutawney Borough Police officers at Monday's meeting.
Eric Story, Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety chair, said during the first pay period in April, the overtime was down, but it was way up in the second.
"I think it can use some more improvement; it's getting better," Story said.
Toby Santik, council member, asked about one part-time officer who received 18 hours of overtime.
Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It's National Nursing Home Week, and if you're looking for a way to volunteer at a personal care facility of some type, here's one idea that may appeal to you.
Perhaps helping with the residents directly is not your thing. If thatâs the case, how about being a storyteller and writer?
Jane Murphy, a volunteer reader and story writer at Mulberry Square, said the program she works with is called Timeslips and was created at the University of Milwaukee and designed by a psychiatrist who was working with dementia patients.
Marion C. Price, 85, of Mahaffey, went home to the Lord, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.
Mrs. Price was born June 26, 1928, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late Herman and Maragert (Powell) Cleaver.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold T. Price.
Marion was a member and assisted in the founding of Cornerstone Worship Center in Indiana.
She worked for 40 years for Stanley Home Products before retirement.
She was a very loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Ethel Ruth Farnsworth, 95, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Wellington Heights in Punxsutawney.
She was born July 7, 1918, in Valier, Pa., the daughter of the late William and Ora (Bath) Plowman.
She was married to Ralph Farnsworth, who preceded her in death in 1987.
Mrs. Farnsworth and her husband were the owners of the former Farnsworth Jewelry in Punxsutawney for many years,
She was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Punxsutawney Chapter No. 72, Order of the Eastern