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May 30th, 2014

PASR recognizes Foulkrod as Volunteer of the Year

May 30, 2014

Lee Grace Foulkrod received a special certificate from Tom Curry, president of the Jefferson County Chapter of PASR, designating her as Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

A resident of Sykesville, where she coordinates programs and activities at the town's Senior Center, she is also the director of the Village Voices choir of Brockway.

Foulkrod devotes many volunteer hours to her church and other community organizations in Sykesville.

Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63

May 30, 2014

Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63, of Rossiter, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born June 6, 1950, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Zinzella and Adela Marie (Ferrara) Zinzella.

His mother survives and resides in Rossiter.

On Jan. 20, 1979, he married the former Regina Sue Wasicki. She survives.

He enlisted in United States Army as a senior in high school and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a member of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, Experimental Military Unit (EMU).

Lawrence (Larry) White, 86

May 30, 2014

Lawrence (Larry) White, 86, died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2014, in St. Marys, Georgia, from effects of a major stroke suffered two weeks earlier.

He was born in Indiana, Pa., the son of Foster J. and Elda (Reeger) White, and grew up in Canoe Ridge and Juneau.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1947 and attended two years at Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana.

He married Nelda Faye Randall, then took up residence on a farm above Juneau.

In addition to farming, he repaired appliances for his brother Forrest and worked other jobs in the Punxsy area.

May 29th

Familiar Faces Friday! Gloria Kerr

May 29, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is onein 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 Gloria Kerr.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Gloria Kerr is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the president of the Garden Club. Or perhaps you have seen her and the rest of the Garden Club working hard around the community, planting and doing beautification projects.

Punxsy area elementary schools receive accolades

May 29, 2014

At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said that two elementary schools in the Punxsy District have received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics — Bell Township and Longview.

Both schools scored over 90 percent for the 2012-2013 school profile.

Each building received a proclamation from the governor.

Pictured (from left) are Board President Bob Pascuzzo; Travis Monroe, principal at Longview Elementary; Wolfe; and Francis Molinaro, board vice-president.

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

Past to Present Machinery Association holds Farm Show

May 29, 2014

The Past to Present Machinery Association held its annual show over the weekend at the Sykesville Fairgrounds.

Over three days, tractors and equipment both old and new were out on the grounds, alongside a number of other farm-related displays.

Activities included tractor pulls for farm tractors, garden tractors and antique tractors, a pedal tractor pull, tractor games and a parade of tractors, as well as music by The Moore Brothers.

May 28th

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.

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