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August 12th

Punxsy native makes his hometown proud, has firetruck dedicated in his honor

August 12, 2013

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. — When you hear the fire siren go off and you see volunteer firefighters with their blue lights heading toward their respective fire halls, no matter what the time of day or night, do you know the dedication required for this selfless service? One Punxsutawney native does.

Recently, Joe Lanzendorfer, was honored in Feasterville, Pa,. for his 55 years of service in the Feasterville Volunteer Fire Company. A brass plaque in his honor was affixed on the new Ford F-550 utility vehicle that was placed into service recently.

August 11th

Police investigating burglary at old Big Run Elementary

August 11, 2013

BIG RUN — Vandals hit the old Big Run Elementary School building along Route 119, smashing a window, scrawling graffiti in chalk and stealing a knife, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, who are investigating the burglary.

Sometime between Aug. 3 and Aug. 8, unknown suspected juvenile actor(s) arrived at the building — which a 22-year-old Punxsutawney man is using for storage — and smashed out the basement window with a 3-foot metal pipe.

Catholic Daughters of America donate to SS.C.D.

August 11, 2013

The SS.C.D. Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A) presented a check to Jessica Dinger, SS.C.D. School principal, (third from the left) with a donation of $1,500 that was raised at the CD of A annual yard sale earlier this summer.

Pictured are (from left) Pat Rougeux and Marian Klotz, CD of A members; Dinger, Elaine Scuello, yard sale chair; Dorothy Vilkinofsky, CD of A member; and Bernadette Horner, CD of A treasurer.

Way Back When

August 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
July 28, 1897

P.P. Long's Store Burned
P.P. Long, of the Punxsutawney Bargain Store, who also owned a store at Potters Mills, Centre County, received a telegram last Saturday informing him that his store had been destroyed by fire.

August 9th

School board hears summer school presentation

August 9, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board received an update on the elementary summer school program that was put on by AmeriCorps.

Shari Weber, elementary principal, said the program was run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which included a free lunch for the children.

"This summer school experience benefited the students to enrich their experience with math and reading,"

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

Drat! Hot dog days are done!

August 9, 2013

Friday was the last day to enjoy a great hot dog lunch, all while supporting a great cause, as the Library Hot Dog Days came to an end.

Though the day may have started out with rain and dark clouds, by noontime, the sun finally came out and shined in time for the celebrity volunteers.

Pictured are members of the PRIDE Team (from left) Tom Chelgren, Duane Miller, Kathy Smith, Linda Shaffer and Laura Chelgren.

August 8th

Ridin' Shotgun rocks in the rain

August 8, 2013

Members of the local country/rock-n-roll band Ridin’ Shotgun performed for fans at Music in the Park on Thursday evening. Despite a rainshower that moved through the area right around 6:30 p.m., the band played by the mantra that “the show must go on.” And it did.

Familiar Faces Friday: Bob Long

August 8, 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 Bob Long.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you’re familiar with the town of Punxsutawney, Bob Long may be a familiar face.

You may recognize him as one of the pizza delivery drivers from Fox’s Pizza, or perhaps as one of the managers.

He always greets the customers with a smile and is kind to everyone he meets.

August 7th

Dig, Dug: Reading Program closes out for summer

August 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There are certain signs that summer is beginning to wind down — cooler nights, back-to-school sales and, last but not least, the conclusion of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library's summer reading program.

"The theme for this summer's program was 'Dig Into Reading,’" said Coral Ellshoff, Punxsutawney Memorial Library director.

"It's been all about underground adventures, moving dirt, gardening, underground animals and mining," she said. "The musician we have here today, Jay Smar, specifically sings coal mining songs."

MUSIC IN THE PARK TONIGHT!

August 7, 2013

Just a reminder: The 2013 Music in the Park series continues tonight in Barclay Square, featuring Ridin’ Shotgun — a country/rock band. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Pizza and beverages will be available, and in the case of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

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