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March 18th

Brookville YMCA’s Share the Love returns for a 3rd year

March 18, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Share the Love, an annual fundraiser for the Brookville YMCA, held in memory of Connor Gerg, a former YMCA lifeguard, will mark its third year this Saturday.

The event features a run/walk, as well as a soup sale, a bake sale, a silent auction, a merchandise sale and more, with all the money going back into the YMCA.

Beth Gerg, Connor’s mother, said the event began in February 2012, the brainchild of a group of people who wanted to find a way to do something for the community in his memory after his passing in 2011.

Daylily students pay a visit to Mulberry Square

March 18, 2014

Students from The Daylily Learning Center recently went to Mulberry Square to pass out cards that they made for the residents.

While visiting at Mulberry Square, the children sang a song to the residents and played a Bingo-style game called Bible Jingo.

The Daylily Learning Center, located at the First Church of God, is a ministry for homeschooling families.

Robert George “Hex” Hetrick, 56

March 18, 2014

Robert George “Hex” Hetrick, 56, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., died Friday, March 14, 2014.

He was born Oct. 11, 1957, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Donald Frank Hetrick and Jane Marie (Charcalla) Hetrick.

His mother survives and resides in North Tonawanda.

Mr. Hetrick worked as a heavy equipment operator for Tonawanda Coke, Kirchner, LLC. He enjoyed his work and spent a lot of his time at his job.

Mary Ann Dambrosia, 56

March 18, 2014

Mary Ann Dambrosia, 56, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hershey Medical Center.

She was born July 23, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Thomas Arthur Dambrosia and Annabelle Marie (Baranick) Dambrosia, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Mary Ann was a 1975 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

She was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.

She was helpful in supporting fundraising activities of the church, such as the trash and treasure sale and selling the homemade pierogies and Easter bread.

March 17th

Longtime Punxsy police chief Fedigan resigns

March 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough will begin the search for a new police chief, as council accepted the resignation of Thomas Fedigan at a special meeting held on Monday.

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

NSDAR honors essay winners at recent meeting

March 17, 2014

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) recently honored the winners of the local chapter’s essay contests.

Pictured (front, from left) are Kayla Troutman, sixth-grade Punxsutawney Christian School student; Lauren Giavedoni, a senior at Punxsutawney Area High School; and Daniel Kunselman, a fifth-grade Punxsutawney Area Middle School student; (back) Jonna Irvin, NSDAR Good Citizen Award chair; Judy Heitzenrater, American history essay chair; and Joan Olp, NSDAR regent.

Jenks Hill closed Tuesday

March 17, 2014

Jenks Hill Elementary School will be closed Tuesday due to a boiler problem.

This cancellation is for Jenks Hill students only.

According to the PASD website, the school is expected to return to regular session on Wednesday.

Paula Kay McGee, 57

March 17, 2014

Paula Kay McGee, 57, Punta Gorda, Fla., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, Fla., as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by a tire blowout.

Paula was born on June 24, 1956, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Harry “Gene” and Gerri (Wagner) McGee.

Surviving are her parents of Altoona; two brothers, Michael and wife Debbie of Midlothian, Va., and Steve and wife Tammy of Oceanport, N.J.; and Paula’s fiancé, Jesse Warmack of Punta Gorda, Fla., who suffered numerous injuries from the accident.

Bruno Farbo, 74

March 17, 2014

Bruno Farbo, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Farbo was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Walston, a son of the late John and Katherine (Trapizone) Farbo.

He is survived by his wife, Karyn Kay (Limerick) Farbo, of Punxsutawney.

They were married May 4, 1968.

Mr. Farbo was a member of the Army Reserves from 1958-1965.

In his early years, he worked for the former Pramco Manufacturing and Johnston Furniture.

James G. Murray, 72

March 17, 2014

James G. Murray, 72, of San Clemente, Calif., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born July 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Leslie J. and Marie (Smith) Murray.

On June 27, 1959, he married the former Juleann Sweeney, who survives.

He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente.

Before retiring, Jim was a carpenter.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, camping and traveling. He loved the ocean.

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