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October 10th

Help comes from community support: Salvation Army’s Harvest Radio Auction this Saturday

October 10, 2013

Captain Keith Jache, co-commander of the Salvation Army in Punxsy, is pictured with the corps’ canteen truck, which is used to respond to emergencies throughout the county.

The canteen truck is one of the ministries that is supported through the annual Harvest Radio Auction, which can be heard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on 104.1 WPXZ.

Jache said the phone numbers to call for the auction on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., are 814-938-5530, 814-246-9880 and 814-938-9938.

A list of the auction items is also available on Page 9 of Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday! LYNN PORADA

October 10, 2013

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Lynn Porada.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Lynn Porada is a recognizable face around town.

You may have seen her working at Dr. Frank Bizousky’s office, or perhaps you have seen her rescuing stray animals throughout town.

An avid animal lover and animal advocate, Porada was born and raised in Punxsutawney.

Public Safety Committee warns of scam artists in area

October 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council’s Public Safety Committee is warning residents to beware of possible scam artists who may be working their way through the area.

Mike Porada, Public Safety Committee chair, said he has received complaints from borough residents about alleged salespeople going around town and asking people if they could come into their house and demonstrate their products.

October 9th

Punxsy Groundhog Club burrows into new home

October 9, 2013

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle cut the ribbon on its new office at 200 West Mahoning St. on Wednesday. Pictured (front, from left) are David Gigliotti, Thunder Conductor; Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club; Ron Ploucha, co-handler and Stump Warden, with Punxsy Phil; Bill Deeley, president, with the big scissors; Tom Dunkel, Shingle Shaker; Butch Philliber, Iceman; (back) Bob Roberts, His Protector; Tom Uberti, The Big Windmaker; A.J.

‘Two Nights of Royalty’ — Homecoming Queen to be crowned Friday, dance Saturday

October 9, 2013

Seniors at PAHS recently elected six girls to make up the 2013 Homecoming Queen’s Court. The court members are Emily Horner, Elizabeth Depp-Hutchinson, Isabella Gallina, Ashley Reitz, Emily Reitz and Searra Wasicki.

Mahoning Shadow Trail thanks supporters, plans for Saturday’s race

October 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Mahoning Shadow Shuffle decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary by honoring one of its longtime supporters, Indiana First Bank located on Snyder Hill Road in Young Township.

Matt Taladay, president of the Mahoning Shadow Trail, said he and Sue Wolfe, treasurer, presented Shannon Kaza, assistant vice president/branch manager, Indiana First Bank, with a photograph of the trail for being one of the first major backers to give a very generous donation that was used toward constructing the pavilion at Fordham.

October 8th

Shugars waives preliminary hearing

October 8, 2013

Michael Christopher Shugars, 32, Punxsutawney, who was arrested in connection with the death of Chet Allen Haddow, 33, of Punxsutawney, waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday at District Magistrate Douglas Chambers' office in Punxsutawney.

Pictured here is Shugars (left) entering a Jefferson County Sheriff's
Office patrol car.

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

Annual Slice of Hope fundraiser to honor Polly Farbo this Friday

October 8, 2013

As the nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fox's Pizza Den is gearing up to raise money for a good cause and to remember a dear friend.

Fox's Pizza Den will celebrate Slice of Hope, a pizza industry charitable initiative, during which it will be donating 10 percent of sales on Friday to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event will also honor the late Polly Farbo, who was the spokesperson for Slice of Hope at Fox's before passing away this year.

October 7th

Jeff Tech evacuated temporarily after bathroom bomb threat

October 7, 2013

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — Students were temporarily evacuated from the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School at 576 Vo Tech Rd. in Winslow Township on Monday morning as the result of a bomb threat written on the bathroom wall.

DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported Monday that the threat was reported at 9:25 a.m. and that the actors are undetermined.

Police said the actors wrote, "There are bombs in the school," in a restroom area of the school.

The school was temporarily evacuated, and a state police explosives dog was brought to the scene.

Pro-life supporters line streets of town for peaceful demonstration

October 7, 2013

A large group of people (pictured above and below) lined West Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney with placards and signs promoting the pro-life movement on Sunday.

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

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