May 11th, 2015
BROOKVILLE â€” A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at 10:46 p.m. May 9 on Barnett Street between Jefferson Street and Main Street in Brookville.
Brookville Police were flagged down by a male who was calling 911 to advise that a vehicle struck a utility pole near Main Street. Upon arriving on the scene, police observed a male, identified as Brenton Joseph Ruhlman, 29, Brookville, lying on the roadway near Cherry Alley.
BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) â€” The county coroner says one person is dead at an auto parts shop in western Pennsylvania, and police were searching the surrounding area for the gunman.
The Westmoreland County coroner's office confirmed the shooting occurred at Minniti Motor Sports in Rostraver Township.
A county emergency official tells WPXI-TV that police have begun searching for the gunman in Rostraver Township, where the shop is located. That's about 25 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Calls to the township police and the business have not been returned.
May is Oncology Nursing Month, and last Wednesday evening, the PAH Oncology Department held a meet and greet in the front lobby to kick off the hospital's showcase of pieces from the Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibit that will be on display until May 15. The Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey is a biennial art competition that welcomes artwork and narratives from cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Over 41,000 entries were received this year, and pieces like those in the PAH lobby are on display throughout the country.
The Lady Chucks softball team picked up some momentum with a big win over St. Marys on Thursday night with the District IX playoffs looming just around the corner. The Lady Chucks won 9-1. For a full recap, plus a boys' track story, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Friday's PAHS sports schedule includes a trip to St. Marys for the baseball team and a Senior Night home game for softball against Elk County Catholic.
Our Throwback Thursday series will feature one photo from an older edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit each week. This week, we went back 50 years to the first week in May, when the PAHS Class of 1965 was putting on its Variety Show.
Post Office letter carriers are getting ready to Stamp Out Hunger with their Letter Carrier's Food Drive. For over 20 years, letter carriers across the country have been participating in the drive. Carriers ask those in their communities and surrounding areas to donate non-perishable food items, which are then collected and distributed to local food banks. For those who live in the rural areas, carriers ask that they place non-perishable food items in their mailboxes. Those who live in town are asked to place the items in a bag and put them under their mailboxes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a devastating disease without a cure.
ALS is a fatal disease with a few treatments that can improve the quality of life. Because of that, a campaign is held every May, which has been designated at National ALS Awareness Month, to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS.
During ALS Awareness Month, the association asks individuals to create their own events to give hope. One of the individuals asked is local resident Duane Siple, who was diagnosed with ALS 12 years ago.
Senior members of the PAHS boys' track and field team (pictured here), the girls' track and field seniors and Punxsy boys' coach John Smith were all honored prior to Tuesday's home meet against Bradford â€”Â the final home meet of the season. Neither result went Punxsy's way, with Bradford putting together strong performances on the track in both meets.
For a full recap, see Spirit Sports in Wednesday's print edition.
This week's Photo of the Week takes us back to last Friday, when the seniors at Punxsutawney Area High School took part in the SADD Club's Mock Crash Assembly. Students were reminded of the dangers of drinking and driving on the eve of one of the most popular nights for the poor decision being made.