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Caps off to the PAHS Class of 2013

May 31, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The weather was perfect, with not a cloud in the sky, as
the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 2013 graduated Friday night.

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

May 30th

A fond farewell: Chamber of Commerce, Wehrle, Smith honor Lellock’s service

May 30, 2013

A celebration was held Thursday evening in honor of a woman who has dedicated 14 years of service to the community as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Marlene Lellock was honored — by fellow members of the chamber, State Rep. Sam Smith and Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle.

Wehrle presented Lellock with a proclamation, proclaiming May 30 to be Marlene Lellock Day.

Smith presented Lellock with a letter of congratulations for doing such a good job serving the community of Punxsutawney.

PAHS Class of 2013 graduation tonight

May 30, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tonight at 7 p.m., members of the Class of 2013 at Punxsutawney Area High School will take what may be the most important walk of their lives thus far, as they walk the stage to claim their diplomas.

And the man who has been chosen to see them off from PAHS, Alan Freed, is a man with a diverse background and plenty of local ties.

Freed, who currently lives in Ambridge — nestled in Beaver County west of Pittsburgh — with his wife of 22 years, Amy, and his 14-year-old daughter, Carrie, was a member of the Class of 1986 at PAHS.

Punxsy Police make arrest after attempted heroin shipment

May 30, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Thursday, Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Thomas Fedigan reported the arrest of a Big Run woman, who allegedly attempted to mail 39 packets of heroin to North Dakota.

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

Eagles, police to host car seat checks, fingerprinting this Sunday

May 30, 2013

The Punxsy Eagles No. 1231 Men and Ladies Auxiliary, Eagle Riders, Troop C. of the Pennsylvania State Police and Borough Police will be conducting free car seat checks and fingerprinting children on Sunday, June 2, from noon to 4 p.m.

This is the fourth year for the Child Safety Car Seat Check. The event will be held in the Punxsy Eagles parking lot and is open to the public.

Coloring books will be available to each child.

Afflerbach informs on animal handling issues

May 30, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — the Afflerbach Group, LLC.

May 29th

BREAKING NEWS

May 29, 2013

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.

May 28th

Punxsy Dash 4 Diabetes to contribute to local cause for fifth straight year

May 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — also known as "Punxsy Skate Park" — 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.

Starting over: Family with local connections looks to rebuild after tornado devastates Moore

May 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

Kids, register for the Summer Reading Program

May 28, 2013

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 year’s theme is “Dig 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.

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