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July 21st

Punxsy natives join together to start new family tradition

July 21, 2013

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are bonds that cannot be broken no matter the distance that separates you.

For the mothers and daughters of one family, that bond has strengthened with time.

Kay DeLuca, of New Orleans, and her sister, Karen Verdill-Gratz, of
Indianapolis, Ind., were born and raised in Punxsutawney.

Though DeLuca comes back once a year to visit their mother, Barbara Verdill, her sister hadn’t been home in three years.

JUST A ‘DUCKY’ DAY AT THE POOL

July 21, 2013

It was the perfect day to enjoy some free swimming and some entertainment, as the official Duck Derby benefitting SPLASH began at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

More than 500 plastic ducks were dumped into the George C. Brown Pool and had to make their way across the water to the finish line.

Helping them along were a couple of lifeguards and volunteers, as many onlookers crowded around the pool and waited in anticipation to learn the winners.

Sixteen prizes were awarded, with the top prize being $500.

DuBois man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly driving car at woman

July 21, 2013

REYNOLDSVILLE — A 35-year-old DuBois man has been charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and driving while suspended following an argument with a 36-year-old DuBois woman, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said David V. August and the alleged victim were involved in a verbal argument at 6:45 p.m. Saturday that began in Reynoldsville and continued while they drove along Route 322 and Route 830 in Pine Creek Township.

When August stopped the car on Route 830, police said the woman got out and fled south on the road.

Way Back When

July 21, 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
July 7, 1897
Mr. James Smith, of this place, and Miss Janet Patterson, of Eleanora, were united in wedlock at high noon at the home of the bride on Monday July 5 by Rev. Harry Teagarden.

July 19th

OPEN ACOUSTIC JAM SESSIONS!

July 19, 2013

The members of the Mahoning Hills Social Center, located at 19298 Route 119 Highway North beside Longview Elementary School, are inviting you to come jam with them!

Mahoning Hills holds open acoustic jam sessions at least once a month on a Monday morning from 10 a.m. until noon, and they are open to the public.

There is no admission charge to come and enjoy the music.

This might be just the gig for anyone who likes to sing, enjoys music or just wants to get out of the house.

Congratulations to Tom Dunkel for earning July Garden of the Month honors

July 19, 2013

When it comes to the artistic creativity of gardening, Tom Dunkel is ahead of the game.

Recently chosen as Garden of the Month recipient for July by the Punxsutawney Garden Club, Dunkel has not only a vast variety of flowers, but also a great deal of builders’ design invested in his garden.

He has built an entire deck, put in an inground pool and built a pool house and a shade deck to accent the plant life, as well.

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

Brookville man charged with arson, other counts

July 19, 2013

BROOKVILLE — Brookville Borough Police are filing charges of arson, criminal mischief, recklessly endangering another person and criminal trespass against Scott E. Bennett, 46, Brookville, following an investigation into a July 18 fire at an apartment building at 182 Jefferson St. in the borough.

The Brookville Volunteer Fire Co., along with other departments, was called to the scene at 1:42 a.m. July 18 for a reported working structure fire at the building owned by a Walston man.

The fire was extinguished with minor smoke and water damage.

July 18th

First Assembly of Walston’s Son Rock Kids Camp VBS coming this weekend

July 18, 2013

For children who love to camp or dream of camping, there is a new opportunity, as they are welcome to come out to a different type of camp.

This Sunday, the First Assembly of God in Walston will begin the Son Rock Kids Camp Vacation Bible School.

The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 through 26 at the church in Walston.

Kids in pre-school through sixth grade will not only learn Bible teachings, but also get the chance to make birdhouses, design backpacks and make binoculars, as well as other camping-type crafts and activities.

Pets making a difference in the lives of those at PAH through AAT program

July 18, 2013

These pups and their handlers have been busy doing their service to the public as volunteers at Punxsutawney Area Hospital, where the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program recently started.

Pictured here are (from left) Barbara McCullough with Lucas; Cindy Treese, RN, AAT liaison; Peggy Spack with Harley; Dr. Pat Lambiotte, PAH hospitalist, holding Jazzi (owned by Spack); and Donna and Gary Fye with Murphy. Pictured below are Sara and Sadie, owned by Peggy Brown, with Treese.

Find out more in Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Beatin’ the rain with some steady beats

July 18, 2013

Beating the storm cloud that was looming over Punxsy on Thursday evening, members of the band Denny and the Gang are pictured here serenading those who gathered for the second installment of Music in the Park in Barclay Square.

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