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July 22nd, 2014

Samuel J. States, 77

July 22, 2014

Samuel J. States, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

A son of the late Charles and Alma (Filler) States, he was born on Oct. 11, 1936, in Punxsutawney.

On March 20, 1965, he married Joy (Bell) States, who survives.

Samuel was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and traveled to ports worldwide. He managed the kitchen on the ship and brought his culinary skills to good use throughout his life, especially through coordinating many dinners at his beloved church.

John Matthew Piszker, Jr., 72

July 22, 2014

John Matthew Piszker, Jr., 72, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born March 26, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Matthew Piszker, Sr. and Thelda Louise (McQuown) Piszker.

He was Catholic by faith.

Mr. Piszker was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served on the USS Independence during the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 11, 1965, he married the former Mary Ellen Depue. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

John worked as a service manager at Stockdale Mine Supply until his retirement after 39 years.

Brian James “Peazle” Himes, 53

July 22, 2014

Brian James “Peazle” Himes, 53, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Himes was born March 2, 1961, in Punxsutawney, a son of the the late James D. Himes and his mother, Maxine L. (Minick) Himes of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Brian was a heavy equipment operator for McDonald & Owen Lumber of Brookville.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles, and he loved bowling, playing pool, riding his motorcycle, cars, racing and long walks in the outdoors.

George Day, Jr., 82

July 22, 2014

George Day, Jr., 82, of Reynoldsville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.

He was born March 7, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late George Day, Sr., and Laura (Smith) Day.

Mr. Day was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War.

On Nov. 22, 1951, he married the former Patricia Ann Welton. She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.

George worked for McDowell and Jackson China and also farmed. He and his wife owned and operated a greenhouse for many years.

MARTIN'S announces recall of organic peaches, nectarines, some Orchard Perfect fruit

July 22, 2014

Carlisle, Pa. — Following a recall by Wawona Packing Company, GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale its organic peaches and nectarines and certain Orchard Perfect peaches, nectarines and plums due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are included in this recall:
• Organic Nectarines, PLU 94378
• Organic Peaches, PLU 94044
• Orchard Perfect Nectarines, PLU 4378 and PLU 4036
• Orchard Perfect Peaches, PLU 4044 and PLU 4038
• Orchard Perfect White Peaches, PLU 4401

July 21st

Mayor Alexander apologizes

July 21, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Mayor of Punxsutawney admitted to the members of Borough Council that he made a mistake when he prematurely hired two people as part-time dispatchers at the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.

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

See what popular event is returning to Barclay Square this weekend

July 21, 2014

It was a beautiful day in Barclay Square for last year's Church In the Park (CITP).

Organizers are hoping for more of the same for this year's CITP, which will take place throughout the course of the weekend.

For schedule details, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Lindsey Fire Co. names an honorary member

July 21, 2014

The Lindsey Fire Company recently made Kevin Wachob of Big Run an honorary member of the fire company.

Pete Pape, president of Lindsey Fire Company, thanked Wachob for his work on installing new LED lights on Lindsey's Rescue 40.

Pictured (from left) are Ken Bishop, Lindsey Fire Company vice president; Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief; Kevin Wachob; Pape; and Joe Defelice, Lindsey Fire Company chief.

Mark A. O’Donnell, 50

July 21, 2014

Mark A. O’Donnell, 50, O’Donnell Road, Sigel, Pa., died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.

He was born Sept. 13, 1963, in Brookville, a son of Joseph Francis O’Donnell, who survives, of Sigel, Pa., and Anna Marie Eisenman O’Donnell.

Mark was a self-employed farmer and well tender with Seneca Resources in natural gas.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 983 of Brookville, Pa., and the Brookville Firemen’s Club.

Surviving relatives include a son, Corey O’Donnell; a brother, Paul F. O’Donnell of Columbia, Maryland; and a sister, Mary Jane O’Donnell of Sigel.

July 20th

2014 RELAY FOR LIFE

July 20, 2014

The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the most powerful parts of the Relay for Life, which was held over the weekend in Barclay Square.

As the light faded on the day, attendees gathered for a time to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to support people who are currently battling cancer and to honor those who have fought it in the past.

Pictured here are participants watching the names of loved ones lost to the disease scroll on the screen with the glow of the luminaria bringing light to the foreground.

For more from the Relay for Life, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.

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