August 22nd, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While Punxsutawney is known by many as a small town, you wouldnât know it to look at the list of musicians who have performed concerts here over the past few years.
Now, five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd will be added to that famed list.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gives her presentation about the heroin epidemic in Western PA to the board of The Center for Rural Pennsylvania at a forum held at Clarion University this week.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
DUBOIS âÂ Those who want to learn more about chronic wasting disease, and the rules that apply within areas of the state where the disease has been detected can attend a public meeting to be held next week in
DuBois, Clearfield County.
The meeting, to be hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and held Thursday, Aug. 28 in the auditorium at DuBois Area Senior High School, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. The high school is located at 425 Orient Ave. in DuBois. Doors will open at about 5 p.m.
For the full story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
James K. Fugate, Sr., MD, 84, passed on to eternal life with our Lord Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 7, 1930, in DuBois, to the late Howard Fugate Sr. and Sarah Kathryn Fugate (nĂ©e Kethledge) and was raised in Sykesville.
He was married to Mary Hanna, who survives him.
James was a 1948 graduate of Sykesville High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1952.
In 1956, he received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia.
Omer B. Emerick, 84, went to be with The Lord on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Akron Ohio.
Omer was born and raised in Rochester Mills, Pa., and moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1961 to join his brothers in the trucking industry.
He worked as an over the road driver and retired from Jones Motor Co.
Omer was the youngest and last surviving sibling of his immediate family.
Omer was a Korean War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed bluegrass music, dancing and spending time with his family.
Marion L. "Lorrie" (White) Shields, 65, of Rossiter, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born in Middlesex, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Charles Joseph White and Viola (Rouse) White Deyarmin.
She was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.
Lorrie was a selfless, free spirit who knew how to enjoy life. She was big-hearted and generous beyond measure.
She was an avid animal lover.
SUMMERVILLE âÂ The closure on the Route 3007 Summerville Bridge between Route 28 and Broad Street has been extended through the weekend and is expected to reopen before Tuesday, Aug. 26. The road remains open to local traffic.
A posted detour is in place using Route 3022 (Roller Coaster Road) to Route 3003 (Mount Pleasant Road) to Route 28. Work is being performed on a 24-hour schedule during the detour.
This $3,771,853 bridge replacement project is being constructed by Plum Contracting, Inc. The project is expected to be completed the end of October 2014.
Boy Scout Seth Burkett was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Jefferson County Housing Authority Thursday morning for building a bus shelter for the residents of the Beyer Avenue Apartment Complex.
(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 face is Kelly Porada.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Kelly Porada is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the artist of a few of the Phantastic Phil statues in town.
Or perhaps you have seen her displaying her creativity throughout the community.
Charles Dean Bell, 80, of New Bethlehem, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on Nov. 12, 1933, to Clarence Monroe and Pearl Edna (Reed) Bell in Dora, Jefferson County.
Dean attended the Distant Baptist Church.
He graduated from Brookville High School in 1952.
Dean retired in 1985 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Armstrong County, as an engineer.
He was a former deputy game warden from 1960-1965 in Jefferson and Clarion counties.