April 4th, 2014
The students at SS.C.D. Elementary School held their annual Run/Walk for Someone Special, through which they raised $1,214 to be donated to the Run/Walk event scheduled for Sunday in Sykesville.
Patricia Murdock, SS.C.D. second-grade teacher, said the entire school earned a pizza party by raising more than $1,000.
Murdock said over the past several years, SS.C.D. has raised more than $10,000.
Pictured are a few of the students running and walking around the gymnasium, where the event was held because of the weather.
The Punxsy McDonald's donated money to help the students at West End Elementary School in Punxsutawney from a night when school staff members worked at the local restaurant.
Pictured (from left) are Karen Love, McDonald's general manager; Karen Young, kindergarten teacher at West End; Gene Puskash, local McDonaldâs owner; Diann Monoskey, third-grade teacher at West End; and Julie Vassallo, second-grade teacher at West End.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
The 2014 edition of the PAHS Variety Show will come to a close tonight with one final performance at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school.
The members of the Class of 2014 are pictured here rehearsing earlier this week for the final number, âHereâs To Us,â which is also the theme of the show.
Gladys Evelyn Gaston, 72, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at home with her loving family.
She was born July 8, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Forrest Clinton and Leatha Luella (Vasbinder) Milliron.
On May 16, 1959, she married Lawrence Ray "Amos" Gaston. He survives.
Gladys worked as a housekeeper at Mulberry Square for 20 years.
Her pride and joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her two favorite cats, Toby and Jasper.
(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 Bobbie States.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Bobbie States is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the youth pastor at the First Assembly of God. Or perhaps, you have seen her helping and volunteering in the community.
Pictured are John Jacob Fisher Unit No. 62 American Legion Auxiliary essay winners (front, from left) Faith Himes, Nina Test, Ivy Phillips, Andrew Wehrle, Ryley Casaday (back); Maggie Prutznal, Blake Bizousky, Luke Fugate, Emily Griebel, Ala Small and Jacob Howard, along with Pat Rougeux.
Missing from the photo is Kaitlyn Lowmaster.
INDIANA â The Lively Arts of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Fine Arts continued its annual lecture series Ideas and Issues with an appearance from former professional tennis player Billie Jean King, who has been credited with helping to tear down gender barriers in professional sports and elsewhere.
As a tennis player, King won a record 20 Wimbledon titles and took 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles across the course of her career.
If you're searching for a variety of entertainment tonight, then you may want to check out the Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) Variety Show beginning at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the PAHS auditorium.
The Senior Class of 2014 will cause you to laugh and cry with an entertainment extravaganza.
Pictured are seniors performing in the skit entitled, "The Overly Aggressive Fundraiser."
Tickets are available at the door, along with some of the Variety Show's famous fudge.
Robert âDaleâ Walker, 79, of Main St., Troutville, Pa., died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.
Born on Feb. 21, 1935, in Troutville, he was the son of the late John H. and Elizabeth (Stuller) Walker.
On Oct. 6, 1979, he married Gwendolyn Ruth (Mack) Walker. She survives.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War. He served on the USS Severin and the USS Briarius.
Dale was a retired union mason.
He was a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church in Punxsutawney and enjoyed fishing and golfing.
Gayle A. Lines, 78, DuBois, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at her home.
Born Dec. 10, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Viola M. (Madsen) Leavitt.
On Dec. 18, 1954, she married William H. Lines Sr. in DuBois. He passed away March 30, 2003.
Gayle graduated from Sandy High School in 1953. She prided herself on being a homemaker.
As a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, she enjoyed singing in the church choir.