May 30th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In this country, there are those who can vote and whose actions can make a difference.
But animals have no voice.
They are the innocent creatures whose lives often hang in the balance and whose fates are left up to the human beings who choose to save them.
At a recent event, Senator, Roy C. Afflerbach, Ret. of Red Lion, visited Punxsutawney with the goal of educating members of the community on how to identify animal abuse and what to do about it when they do witness it.
After leaving office, Afflerbach started his own lobbying firm â€” the Afflerbach Group, LLC.
The Lady Chucks fell in a closely contested, 2-0 District IX championship game Wednesday afternoon in Brockway at the hands of St. Marys.
For a full recap of the game, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Arlene Ann (Miller) Davidson, 75, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital.
She was born June 15, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James and Ruth (Lauer) Miller.
She was a graduate of SS.C.D. School.
Arlene worked as an emergency room clerk in Toledo for 20 years.
She later worked as an apartment manager in Toledo.
Her enjoyments were flower gardening, crocheting and painting.
She really enjoyed the many friendships and activities at Grace Place Apartments.
Thomas Vieli, 65, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Born April 30, 1948, in Ilanz, Switzerland, he was the son of the late Thomas Josef and Maria Ursula (Derungs) Vieli.
On April 8, 2000, he married Denise Dennison.
Helen Emma Craven, 90, of Brookville, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Richardsville, a daughter of the late William Webster and Edna May (Heeter) Brownlee.
On June 14, 1947, she married John Louis Craven. He preceded her in death in July of 1990.
She was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher at the church and spent over 25 years in Child Evangelism through after-school Bible study.
Mrs. Craven was a substitute teacher at Pine Creek, Warsaw and Brookville schools.
Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, announced the results of a 9-month investigation by Troop C, Vice Officers.
Today a drug sweep was conducted by Troopers from throughout the Troop C area, along with Law Enforcement Officers from the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.
At the present time, 10 individuals are in custody.
Full details in Thursday's Spirit.
Punxsy Shortstop Chelsea Engeholm and second baseman Mary Sloniger come together to make a catch in recent Punxsy softball action. Today, the Lady Chucks will take to the field against the Lady Dutch of St. Marys, with the winner emerging as the District IX Champion.
For a full preview of the game, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Punxsy Dash 4 Diabetes 5K Run/1-Mile Walk.
The event will be held on Saturday at the Charles Barletta Skate Park â€” also known as "Punxsy Skate Park" â€” located off Elk Street.
Parking will be available at the Jefferson County Assistance Office.
Runners and walkers will start at the Skate Park and then travel down the Punxsy Rails-to-Trails course and back.
Registration and activities will begin at 10 a.m., with the run/walk event starting at 11 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Imagine this: You walk into an interior closet of your home to seek shelter from an impending tornado.
When you enter, your house is intact; and when you exit, the only thing left is the closet.
This is one of the many true stories from the deadly tornados that struck Moore, Okla., last week.
This particular disaster strikes close to home right here in Punxsutawney, as Amy Morris, a local attorney, has several friends who live in Moore.
As summer finally makes its presence known, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to go with its 2013 Summer Reading program.
The program, held each summer, will have its official kick-off party on June 17.
This yearâ€™s theme is â€śDig Into Reading," and will focus on things beneath the surface. The program is open to children 18 months through 18 years of age, and those wishing to participate must register either at the library or online.
To register online, visit www.punxsutawneylibrary.org, or stop in at 301 East Mahoning St., Barclay Square.