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November 12th

School board honors Molinaro, Pascuzzo for their extended periods of service

November 12, 2013

Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe (right) is pictured presenting Board Vice President Francis J. Molinaro with his eight-year school board member certificate.

Robert Pascuzzo (not pictured), board member, also received his 16-year certificate.

See Wednesday's edition of The Spirit for an article on how Punxsy students are performing in mandated testing.

November 11th

We salute you: VFW Post No. 2076, American Legion Post No. 62 pay tribute to veterans

November 12, 2013

VFW Post No. 2076 and American Legion Post No. 62 saluted area veterans with Veterans' Day services held at the First Baptist Church in Punxsy.

Pictured are the veterans who were in attendance (front, from left) Gene McKee, Robert Bish, Raymond Depp; (back) Jim Dunlap, L. Eugene (Snuffy) Smith, Robert Lott, Dick Magolis and Paul McMillen.

Smith on hand to honor Mulberry Square veterans

November 12, 2013

The residents and staff of Mulberry Square took time out to honor the veterans who reside there on Veterans' Day with an address by State Rep. Sam Smith.

Pictured (front, from left) are Charles Kovatch, Bill Smith and Otto Grube, U.S. Army; Shannon Rimer, U.S. Marines; Clyde Evans, U.S. Army; Macklin Snyder, U.S. Navy; Sam Powers and Roy Bouch, U.S. Army. (back) Harry Gardner, singer; Richard Bianco and Smith.

Stancombe addresses those at Big Run Veterans’ Day service

November 12, 2013

BIG RUN — It was a day to honor not only the veterans in our military who served in countless wars, but also those who are currently fighting in the current one.

Veterans and their family members gathered at the Big Run War Memorial on Monday evening to honor their service to our country and to also honor those who have fallen.

VFW Post No. 9044 hosted the event that brought together members of the community, local Boy Scouts and families who currently have a loved one in the military.

November 10th

Update: Blaze destroys Pine Street home

November 11, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The residents of a house on Pine Street in Punxsutawney barely escaped with their lives when their house was completely destroyed by a quickly spreading structure fire at 7:28 a.m. on Saturday.

Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said when firefighters from Central, Lindsey and Elk Run arrived on scene at the home owned by Kimberly L. Stormer, 41, at 331 Pine St., it was fully involved with flames and heavy smoke showing.

Way Back When

November 11, 2013

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
November 3, 1897

The Waverly Hotel

The Waverly Hotel is being remodeled and enlarged, and when these improvements are completed will be of the most commodious hotels in town.

ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE UNDER WAY

November 11, 2013

Saturday, Community Action, Inc., held a kickoff event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign at Femco Machine, the location of the gingerbread house.

As the official drop-off site, the gingerbread house was visited by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who gave treats to visiting children.

Hot dogs, cookies, cocoa and coffee was available to those who stopped by.

November 9th

Firefighters Battle Pine Street Fire

November 9, 2013

Four fire companies battled a fully involved house fire at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday on Pine Street in Punxsutawney. Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

November 8th

Mayor proclaims November Native American Heritage Month

November 8, 2013

Punxsutawney Mayor Jim Wehrle (third from left) presents a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Native Americans throughout the history of Punxsutawney.

Pictured (from left) are Santana Olp, DAR recording secretary; Connie Mateer, DAR Native American chairperson; Wehrle; and Joan Miller Olp, DAR regent.

Hallman’s legacy lives on at Weather Discovery Center

November 8, 2013

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center recently held a special ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor and memory of former Punxsutawney mayor, the late John Hallman, whose handprints were all over the planning and coming about of the center as it was.

Members of the center’s Board of Directors and Hallman’s family members were on hand, as well.

Pictured (from left) are Jack Lingenfelter, board member; Garry Hallman and Marcia Botelho, John’s children; Nancy Hallman, John’s wife; Janet Geer, Dennis Hallman and David Hallman, John’s children; and Howard Beezer, board member.

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