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August 19th

Rails-to-Trails to host Family Fun and Picnic Day

August 19, 2013

VALIER — The Punxsutawney Rails-to-Trails Association will be holding its 2nd Annual Mahoning Shadow Trail Family Fun and Picnic Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and will be held at the Fordham Trailhead Pavilion in Valier.

Susan Wolfe, secretary of the Rails-to-Trails Association, said that this will be the perfect event for some family fun.

"We thought this particular weekend would be good because a lot of families will be back from vacation, and this is a chance for families to have one last good time before school starts up," said Wolfe.

August 18th

BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY AT SS.C.D.

August 18, 2013

It's bloodmobile time in Punxsutawney from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the SS.C.D. cafeteria at 2095 Chestnut St. in Punxsy.

The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Punxsy American Legion Post and VFW.

Pat Rougeux, Red Cross volunteer, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 62 secretary and VFW Post No. 2076 auxiliary chaplain said that all blood types are urgently needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

Sunday blaze damages Pine Street home

August 18, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A fire that broke out early Sunday morning caused heavy smoke and water damage at a three-story house located at 211 Pine St.

"All three Punxsutawney Fire Companies — Central, Elk Run and Lindsey — were called to the house at 2:04 a.m. Sunday, when the next-door neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking and saw that a second-floor bedroom appeared to be on fire,” said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.

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

Way Back When

August 18, 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 14, 1897

Royal Arcanum Picnic
Remember the Royal Arcanum picnic at Clearfield, Pa., July 22nd.

August 16th

GODOT ANIMAL SANCTUARY TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR ANIMAL ADVOCACY

August 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a place outside of town where animals that are unwanted, unloved or disabled are welcome to live. That place is the Godot Animal Sanctuary, and today, the sanctuary will be accepting an award from the Tri-County Animal Rescue Center.

The sanctuary was started 22 years ago by Lana Laughbaum, who, after years of working and living in New York City, felt a calling to help animals.

Laughbaum lives right on the property, where she purchased what started out as an old farm and turned it into a sanctuary.

PAHGS hosts day camp

August 16, 2013

The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. held a History Day Camp Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 at the Lattimer House.

The event was held for children ages 6-12, and this year’s theme was "Punxsutawney's Military, Public and Community Service History."

The children learned about different uniforms and patches, visited places such as the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and also welcomed a visit from Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his service dog, Brett.

Pictured here are (from left) Emily Wisneski, Nick Wisneski, Grant Miller,

August 15th

Quick response cools Walnut St. mulch fire

August 15, 2013

Punxsutawney firefighters are pictured extinguishing a fire beneath the porch of a house at 105 Walnut St. in Punxsy on Thursday afternoon.

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

Familiar Faces Friday! Heather Hicks

August 15, 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 Heather Hicks.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you pass by Fezell’s County Market or pay a visit to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, you might just recognize this week’s familiar face — Heather Hicks.

Give us some ‘Moore’ Music in the Park

August 15, 2013

Once again, the weather “played nice” for Music in the Park, as The Moore Brothers took the stage in Barclay Square Thursday night.

The group (top photo) played a variety of music, including a little bluegrass.

August 14th

With first day of school approaching, council taking traffic precautions early

August 14, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Motorists in Punxsy continue to deal with two major detours, as the Route 119 Ridge Avenue/Elk Run bridge continues to be closed along with the Saw Mill Run Route 36 / West Mahoning Street bridge in the west end remaining closed. Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said that when school resumes, both detours will continue in place.

To see a full story on the precautions being taken and other points, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

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