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March 25th, 2015
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.
A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.
This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.
For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council, despite a controversial meeting that at one point called for a reorganization of council, hired a new police chief at a special meeting held on Tuesday in council chambers, with an overflow crowd on-hand.
James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new borough police chief following a public comment section period during which many people spoke in favor of hiring a candidate, Matt Conrad, who already works for the department.
On Monday evening, Punxsutawney elementary school students learned all about science at the 11th Annual Evening of Science/Elementary Science Night. This yearâ€™s theme was The Luck of The Scientist. High school science teachers Lori Burkett and Jen Weible, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade Science Club advisors; Ryan Hayden, 8th- and 9th-grade Science Club advisor; teacher Paige Zinzella; and members of the clubs taught elementary students all about science. Students went to a variety of different stations where they learned different things about science with hands-on activities.
BIG RUN â€” It may seem as though the harsh winter that we've endured for the past few months will never go away. However, spring is indeed here, and even though the Big Run peeper frogs have yet to peep, citizens of Big Run and the surrounding areas came out for the 23rd annual Big Run Spring Peeper Banquet.
The banquet was held Sunday night at the Big Run War Memorial building, with Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh hosting the event.
Read the full in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
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SYKESVILLE â€” It's once again time for the annual Run or Walk for Someone Special event, and this year marks the 36th year.
This year, the Run or Walk is being held in memory of John Orsich, the primary collector for 30 years, who sadly passed away this past year.
"This is a huge loss for our organization, and we are hoping to have a nice turnout in John's memory," said Erin Cameron, co-chair of Run or Walk for Someone Special.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
This photo, pulled from the pages of the Wednesday evening, December 2, 1908, edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit (via accesspa.org's online archive) shows "Miss Mary" Wilson, a much-beloved teacher who was one of many women playing a role in the history of Punxsutawney.
For a full story on some of the women who have shaped Punxsutawney's history, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â€” On Tuesday, two separate arrests were announced in regard to a pair of narcotics investigations that took place in the Brookville area.
Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident that occurred on Sunday, when the Brookville Borough Police Department made a traffic stop on Timothy J. Kramer, 35, Brookville, on South White Street. During the course of the stop, the report said that the officer observed several items that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This weekend, radio listeners will have the chance to bid on a variety of different items, as the annual Punxsutawney Rotary Club Auction kicks off this Saturday, March 21, going on-air at 8:50 a.m.
The first segment will begin at 9:05 a.m., with 15 minute segments running continuously through noon. After a 25-minute break, the auction will begin again at 12:25 p.m. and will wrap up shortly before 6 p.m.