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February 7th

Jack L. Lowmaster, 76

February 7, 2014

Jack L. Lowmaster, 76, of Glen Campbell, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at UMPC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The son of William “Lee” and Vera Hazel (Spencer) Lowmaster, he was born on Oct. 4, 1937 in Banks Township, Indiana County.

Jack was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1955.

He attended the Glen Campbell United Methodist Church.

Prior to moving back to the local area following his retirement, Jack had been employed 42 years as an iron worker foreman.

February 6th

Familiar Faces Friday!

February 6, 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 Joe Presloid.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Joe Presloid is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the pharmacists at The Medicine Shoppe, or perhaps you have seen him around the community.

Presloid was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but was raised in Punxsutawney.

‘Nuisance snow’ living up to its name in borough, county

February 6, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The wintry weather that we've experienced this year in Punxsutawney has become what is called nuisance snow.

Nuisance snow is an almost-daily event, during which one to two inches of snow will fall, requiring PennDOT, Punxsutawney Borough and other local municipalities to spend funds on treating streets and plowing snow.

Nuisance snow adds overtime hours to accomplish the task of keeping roadways cleared.

Rossiter Legion donates to Cross Town

February 6, 2014

Members of the Rossiter American Legion Post 582 held their annual benefit on Jan. 25 to raise money for an area food bank.

Pictured (from left) are Tod Fleming, lead singer of band that performed; Jason Evans, event organizer; Mike Berringer, Post member; and John Woods, Post member, presenting a check for $1,000 to Gary Coccimiglio, representing Cross Town Ministries Food Pantry.

Punxsy vs. DuBois - Round Two

February 6, 2014

Both the girls' and boys' basketball teams will be in action tonight, as they'll take on the respective DuBois teams for the second time this year. Both the girls and boys both won their previous matchups against DuBois this season. The girls will be at home, while the boys will travel to DuBois.

February 5th

Diggin' out!

February 5, 2014

Residents of the county awoke to several inches of heavy snow in need of removing from driveways and sidewalks on Wednesday morning. Pictured here is Todd Heigley moving snow off a driveway.

Margiotti plans remain similar to initial ones

February 5, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Borough Manager Ben White provided an update regarding the replacement of the Margiotti Bridge at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.

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

February 4th

Lions Club helping local food banks take a bite out of hunger problem

February 4, 2014

The Punxsutawney Lions Club recently made contributions to numerous food banks in the area. Pictured here are (from left) Roger Steele, Lions Club; Pastor Al Kimmel, Cross Town Ministries Food Bank; Capt. Keith Jache, Salvation Army Food Bank; Joan Lowmaster, First Church of God Food Bank; Monika Bizousky, president, St. Vincent De Paul Society/SS.C.D.; and Denny Rebuck, treasurer, Punxsutawney Lions Club. The Lions Club gave each food bank a check for $500.

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

Brockway’s Ryan Devlin a finalist for National Teacher of the Year

February 4, 2014

BROCKWAY — Ryan Devlin, a Brockway teacher now entering his seventh
year as an educator, was named Pennsylvania's 2014 State Teacher of the Year a few months ago, and now, he's one of the country's
four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Devlin teaches English (grade 11) and technology (grades 9 through 12) at the Brockway Area Jr./Sr. High School. He is also the head of the English Department there, in addition to acting as head cross country coach and senior high gifted advisor.

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

Rita M. Vilkinofsky, 53

February 4, 2014

Rita M. Vilkinofsky, 53, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Jan. 11, 1961, in Phillipsburg, a daughter of the late Bernard Vilkinofsky and Dorothy Goda-Vilkinofsky, who survives.

Rita was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.

She attended SS.C.D. School and was a 1978 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a graduate of Gannon University.

Rita resided in Erie, Pa., for 20 years.

She worked for Erie Insurance, volunteered for the Red Cross and enjoyed spending time at Lake Presque in Erie.

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