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October 27th

Halloween Fest 2013

October 27, 2013

Winners were crowned for best costumes at Halloween Fest in Barclay Square on Saturday. They are (from left) Rilee, Amber and Jemma Agnello — Candy Land trio, Best Group; Sawyer Hall — headless waiter, Most Original; Melia Cochran — Rockstar Barbie in a box, Cutest; and Zakery Windsor — camo monster, Scariest, with his mother, Tifani. The event was sponsored by Punxsy Dental.

TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON ROUTE 436

October 27, 2013

A two-vehicle accident occurred at 12:56 p.m. on Saturday on Route 436 (Lincoln Way), just south of the Margiotti Bridge in Punxsutawney, and caused considerable damage to both vehicles.

Two pickup trucks sustained heavy front-end damage in what appears to be a head-on collision.

Punxsutawney Borough Police were assisted at the scene by the Lindsey Fire Company and Jefferson County EMS.

No further details of the crash, including injuries, were available at Spirit press time.

PAHS student chosen as student ambassador raising funds for trip

October 27, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You are never too young to have a dream, and for one local boy, that dream is to visit other countries and to see different walks of life.

For Brendon Stinson, a sophomore at PAHS, that dream seemed unlikely until he received an invitation that would soon change his life.

Stinson was recently chosen as a student ambassador for the People to People Ambassador Programs.

He is currently raising money for his trip overseas and is planning to hold a bake sale/soup and sub day on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Jefferson Highrise Social Center.

Way Back When

October 27, 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
October 20, 1897

EAST END FIRE
The Fine Residence of H. B. Ford Almost Destroyed

About six o'clock this morning fire was discovered in the attic of the handsome residence of H. B. Ford in the East End.

October 25th

New-look library coming soon! Renovations in full swing on meeting room, new offices

October 25, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are a patron of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library wondering why the librarians aren't shushing you lately, its probably because they can't hear due to the renovations that are taking place at Punxsy's hot spot for reading and technology.

Coral Ellshoff, library director, said that the renovations are a bit out of sight for the public because they are taking place behind the wall of the circulation desk, which isn't seen by the public.

For the full story on the renovation project, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

October 24th

Updated: Trick-or-treat, Halloween event schedule

October 24, 2013

Here’s a list of local trick-or-treat/Halloween events:

• Big Run Borough — Big Run Borough will hold trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters are to go only to homes with the porch light on.

• Brookville — Halloween will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade will be held at 5 p.m., starting at the Y.M.C.A. and ending at the Brookville Fire Dept. on Madison Avenue. Trick-or-treating will begin at 5:30 p.m., immediately after the parade, and will continue until 8 p.m.

Familiar Faces Friday! Bill Vassallo

October 24, 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 Bill Vassallo.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Bill Vassallo is a recognizable face.

You may recognize him as the athletic director at Punxsutawney Area High School who often oversees the games, or perhaps he is most recognizable as the 9th-grade American history and world cultures teacher at PAHS.

PCS senior Martino organizing blood drive to help community

October 24, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Friday, Nov. 1, Punxsutawney Christian School will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in the school gym from noon to 6 p.m.

Julia Martino, a PCS senior, is organizing the drive through the Red Cross Educational Scholarship Program. The program allows students to help others in their community and around the region while raising college scholarship funds.

Appointments for donating can be scheduled in advance by logging on to www.redcrossblood.org and using this sponsor code: PunxsyChristian.

October 23rd

Weather Discovery Center presents to Punxsy School Board

October 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the changes in the weather of late, it is only fitting that the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center gave a presentation about its program at the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting on Wednesday.

Jim Cassidy, chairman of the board for the Weather Discovery Center, thanked the school board for the opportunity to talk to their board from his.

What’s cookin’? Why, it’s a culinary fundraiser for the PACC projector!

October 23, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The IUP Culinary students are cooking up a fundraiser this weekend that will benefit the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) digital projector fund.

Martha Jo Rupert, chef instructor at IUP Culinary School, said the school encourages its students to be active in the community by raising funds for a specific cause.

"That gives them the opportunity to understand that it’s not just about what you're doing; it's about everyone around you," she said.

For the rest of the story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

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