Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
A new, local non-profit organization called Lisaâs Ladybugs Patient Care Fund is starting in Punxsutawney with the aim of helping families that are going through cancer treatments for one of their family members.
The group hopes to provide assistance and aid to these families, especially in the areas of service-based needs such as cleaning, cooking or providing childcare.
Pictured here are some of the organizers (from left) Lori Ebel, Christina Hibbard, Sherri McMahan, Mary Kay Fedigan and Jaime Sherry.
Upcoming events for Lisa's Ladybugs include:
The parish of Saints Cosmas and Damian Church recently celebrated a momentous occasion, as the Rev. David M. Renne, a Punxsy native, officially became an ordained priest on June 7, at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie.
He will be taking on the duties as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
A group of 14 visitors from the Alle-Kiski Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) came to Punxsutawney on Tuesday to learn more about the town and its legendary weather forecaster.
After their arrival at the Civic Center, the tourists heard some interesting stories of local history from Tom Curry.
Tour guides Terry and Charlotte Fye had arranged for Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, to stop by and greet the guests.
Following Ploucha's lively and informative speech about Phil and Groundhog Day, everyone posed for a photo with the world's most famous
Abby Amsler (front, center) was named this year's Laurel Festival Queen following the Laurel Pageant held at the Brookville Area Jr./Sr. High School on Tuesday. Pictured (from left) is the queen's court: (back) Mariah Gareis, first runner up; Christy Marks, fourth runner up; April Hetrick, second runner up; Marissa Hetrick, third runner up and Miss Congeniality; (front) Laurel Princess Aubree Afton; Amsler; and Laurel Prince Gannon McMaster.
Sometimes you can find support in the unlikeliest places and for one
courageous woman battling cancer, she found it at McDonald's. Marsha Elkin is currently in remission from a third battle with cancer. While stopping in at McDonaldâs, she met up with a group of people who soon became not only friends but also a wonderful support group. Those friends are hosting a spaghetti benefit dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the McCalmont Township Fire Hall in Anita. Pictured are Bob Black, Carol Gaston, Randy Redding and Elkin. Not pictured are Ed Gaston and Denny Napp.
The summer reading program at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library officially kicked off Monday afternoon. Children gathered on the second floor of the library, where they were able to enjoy a magic show by M&M Magic. After the magic show, parents and children went through registration, and each child received a name tag. In order to attend the closing party on Aug. 6, each child must read a total of 10 books.
Out in the Punxsutawney countryside is a hidden little gem, just right off Route 36, called H.C.'s Last Stop.
A quaint little restaurant with a breathtaking view, it is owned and operated by 27-year-old Cassi Greenawalt. The restaurant celebrated its first anniversary on June 12.
Pictured here are Toni Greenawalt, Cassi's mother (left); Laken Raybuck, server (middle); and Cassi Greenawalt.
An oversize load truck from Midland was traveling north hauling equipment on the Bells Mills/Cloe Road and tried to turn left onto Route 119, when the trailer ran out of clearance and got stuck, nearly blocking the entire road at 6:44 p.m. Monday in Bell Township.
Pennsylvania State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company, who directed traffic until the scene was cleared.
No further information was available at Spirit press time.
Members of the Groundhog Festival Committee and other volunteers assisted with the raising of the new canopy from start to finish on Monday evening in Barclay Square.
The canopy will be used for the festival, Music in the Park and many other events.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ At last Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, the Route 119 Elk Run Bridge Project was discussed, and PennDOT announced Monday that the project's largest detour will take effect this morning.
Beginning Tuesday, at 5:30 a.m., Route 119 will close to traffic between Jenks Avenue and Route 310, a release issued by Deborah Casadei, PennDOT District 10's public information and safety press officer said.
The release said the road closure will be in place until late September.