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August 22nd

Familiar Faces Friday! Mary Ann Kernich

August 22, 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 Mary Ann Kernich.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You may recognize Mary Ann Kernich from the Music in the Park events held every Thursday throughout the summer.

She is a recognizable face throughout town with her volunteer work in the community and through her church.

G3 — Music in the Park’s 2013 grand finale

August 22, 2013

Members of the classic rock band G3 brought the summer’s Music in the Park series to a close on Thursday evening, playing to a good-sized crowd in Barclay Square.

On Monday, the canopy that has been an integral part of the concert series will come down — one of the many signs around town that summer is coming to a close.

August 21st

Motivated by his sister, youngster collects toys for autism

August 21, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Angela Fairman of Punxsutawney recently reported a bit of good news worthy of sharing, as her son, Dan, performed a very kind deed.

Dan's 3-year-old sister, Lauren, was diagnosed with low-functioning autism when she was 18 months old, and the family recently heard about an organization called Toys AUcross America, which collects toys and distributes them to children across the country who have autism.

The charity was started by a father whose child has autism, and the tradition carries on, providing the much-needed sign of caring to others.

AVTT Traveling Wall crosses through town

August 21, 2013

On Wednesday, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute memorial wall made its way through Jefferson County, departing DuBois at approximately 3 p.m. and wending through Sykesville, Big Run and Punxsutawney en route to its final destination — the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Brookville. The wall will be on display there through Sunday. Pictured above are the traveling tribute truck (top photo), some of the several hundred motorcycles that accompanied the wall on the trek (bottom left photo) and a military vehicle with a flag waving in the foreground (bottom right photo).

August 20th

American Veterans' Traveling Tribute headed through area today

August 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The American Veterans’ Traveling Tribute Wall will be traveling through downtown Punxsutawney today.

Residents are asked to please plan on lining the streets for the event.

The escort will leave the DuBois Harley-Davidson shop at 3 p.m. sharp

Lions Club invites all to attend, vend at flea market next month

August 20, 2013

The Punxsutawney Lions Club is planning a flea market sale in September — with another likely in October — with proceeds set to go to the club to benefit the work it does in the community.

The set-up cost is $10 — which goes to the Lions Club — and $3.50 for a borough permit.

For commercial businesses looking to set up, the fee is $30, which includes the borough permit.

The Lions Club Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Another flea market will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20.

Defending Punxsutawney Phil

August 20, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The primary mission of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club is perpetuating and protecting the Legend of Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day.

This has been a challenging feat for the Groundhog Club throughout the years.

The importance of protecting the trademark and legend of Phil is not only important for the Groundhog Club and the Groundhog Day Celebration, but also for others in the community who utilize Phil for their livelihood, the local economy and tourism.

‘Wee Ones’ wow with a whopping 225 books!

August 20, 2013

A few weeks back, many of the members of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program held their end-of-the-year program.

More recently, though, the “Wee Ones” — children aged 18 months to 35 months — held their own end-of-summer party to celebrate their achievements.

Nine of 11 qualified readers were in attendance. The Wee Ones, as a group, read a whopping total of 225 books this summer!

August 19th

Central knocks down Cloe Lumber vehicle fire

August 19, 2013

Punxsutawney Central Fire Department members are pictured extinguishing a fire that broke out in the engine compartment of a 2004 GMC box truck owned by Cloe Lumber and Supply on Monday night.

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

Rainbow Express celebrates its 30th year, looks to the future with new teacher

August 19, 2013

Rainbow Express Nursery School is celebrating its 30th year this year, and at a recent ceremony — concluding last school year’s program — retiring teacher Ruth McNeil (right) was recognized for 22 years of service and given a quilt made of past T-shirts from Rainbow Express.

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

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