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June 19th

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 19, 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 Chrissy Clark.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Chrissy Clark is a familiar face. You may recognize her as one of the dental assistants at Punxsy Dental. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Rockin’ & rollin’ in Barclay Square

June 19, 2014

Music in the Park kicked off Thursday evening with a performance by Chaps, a classic rock/country band. With a large crowd in attendance, the band rocked Barclay Square.

The next Music in the Park will be on July 10, with a performance by The Avenue, a classic rock band.

Hard work, preparations lead up to this weekend’s Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine church festival

June 19, 2014

The ladies of Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine Church are shown here taking a break after cooking and cleaning to get ready for their church festival, which will be held Saturday evening from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pictured (front, from left) are Elaine Koromaus, Lynn Mikelonis, Marcella Petroff, Agnes Semon, Rose Meterko, Maria Hibbard; (back row) Debbie Kaza, Nikki Rake, Donna Bowser, Monica Cianciotti and Aileen Kolodick.

Daniel Joseph Hopkins, 21

June 19, 2014

Daniel Joseph Hopkins, 21, of Orange Park, Florida, was reunited with his Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at home with his mom by his side.

He was born Dec. 28, 1992, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Daniel had an incurable, rare brain disorder known as Neuro-degeneration Brain Iron Accumulation.

He graduated from his hospital bed last month from Middleburg High School.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Emory (Joe) Helsel; and his great-grandparents Clarence and Anna Hopkins and Donald and Ruby Reagle.

Raymond Richard Barrineau, 55

June 19, 2014

Raymond Richard Barrineau, 55, of Rochester Mills, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Pittsburgh.

He was born on July 15, 1958, in Audubon, New Jersey, a son of Richard Eugene Barrineau of Jacksonville, Florida, and Henrietta "Honey"(Blankenship) Wolfe and husband Harry of Rochester Mills.

On Nov. 27, 1986, he married Elizabeth Ann Albertson. She survives and resides in Rochester Mills.

Byrtha L. “Byrt” Smathers, 95

June 19, 2014

Byrtha L. “Byrt” Smathers, 95, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.

She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Olie and Gillen (Bastine) Amundson.

She married W. William “Bill” Smathers, on March 22, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994.

She was the first manager of the Mahoning Towers for 23 years and retired from there at the age of 83.

She managed the YMCA and will be remembered for organizing the YAR dances in the early ‘70s.

June 18th

Four injured in three-car East Mahoning accident

June 18, 2014

Four people were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital with unknown injuries following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on East Mahoning Street on Wednesday morning in Punxsutawney, when a red Dodge Dakota was struck by a silver Subaru and a red Peterbilt tractor trailer.

For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Alice Mae Zipfel Kahle, 99

June 18, 2014

Alice Mae Zipfel Kahle, 99, a guest at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, formerly of Sigel, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Brookville Hospital.

The daughter of Albert M. Zipfel and Elizabeth Mae Brenneman Ziphel, she was born on June 24, 1914, in Brookville.

In September of 1937 in Strattanville, Pa., she married James Lon Kahle, who preceded her in death in 1976.

June 17th

Punxsy high school’s new fitness center & weight room dedicated at ceremony

June 17, 2014

On Tuesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area High School held the dedication ceremony for the new fitness center and weight room facility.

Members of the Punxsutawney Athletic Foundation (PAF) and the Cook family were on hand as key contributors to the project, and students from Jeff Tech who helped draft the model for the facility were also in attendance.

Mother Nature cooperates just enough for canopy to appear in Barclay Square

June 17, 2014

Volunteers assist with the construction of the famous canopy that will take center stage in Barclay Square for the remainder of the summer.

For the full story - including the schedule of performers for the Groundhog Festival - pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

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