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December 12th

Familiar Faces Friday! Shelly Bishop

December 13, 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 Shelly Bishop.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Shelly Bishop is a familiar face. You may recognize her from the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, where she works in the lab. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Bishop was born in Punxsutawney but raised in Ringgold.

Fire department’s annual boot drive hopes to help kick hunger

December 13, 2013

The 30th annual Punxsutawney Fire Department boot drive to benefit area food banks will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in front of the fire halls.

Pictured above are a pair of Punxsutawney firefighters collecting money for last year’s drive.

Firefighters raised $8,325.05 during the 2012 drive, which was an increase from $7,102 in 2011.

December 11th

PAH welcomes Congestive Heart Failure Clinic staff with breakfast

December 12, 2013

Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) and its staff welcomed the AGH Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Clinic to the hospital with a breakfast on Wednesday.

Pictured (front, from left) are Paula Spack, vice president of PAH Patient Care Services; Matt Kengersky, PAH chairman of the board; Zuhdi Dajani, M.D. cardiologist; Mike Kacsmer, nurse practitioner; (back) Jack Sisk, PAH chief financial officer; Megan Clarke, pharmacist with the West Penn Allegheny Health System; Norm Fry, nurse coordinator; and George Sokos, D.O. cardiologist, AGH.

Gateway 4-H members see success at State Horse Show

December 11, 2013

Members of the Gateway 4-H Club recently attended the 4-H State Horse Show in Harrisburg. Members Amberley Spicher, Joey McKenrick and Samantha Muth participated in the State Model Horse Show. Each received several top-10 placings. Joey McKenrick placed first in his Miniature Horse Production Class; Adrionna Fetterman placed first in Therapeutic Equitation and sixth in Therapeutic Obstacle Course; and Samantha Muth participated in English Showmanship and Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle Horses.

December 10th

Chamber looking to brighten things up a bit in town with new Bulbs

December 10, 2013

Pictured is one of the Punxsy snowflake lights which adorn the utility poles and light standards throughout the borough during the Christmas and Groundhog Day seasons.

The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a fundraiser to replace the bulbs with new, brighter LED lights and purchase additional lights in time for next Christmas.

For more information, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

December 9th

It’s unanimous: Council overrides the mayor’s tobacco ban veto

December 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to unanimously override Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle's veto of the tobacco-free ordinance at November's meeting.

To find how the ordinance will affect tobacco use on borough-owned property — as well as the fines assessed with the ordinance — pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Local duo gives presentation on creating comics at Punxsy Memorial Library

December 10, 2013

Comic book and graphic novel lovers visited the Punxsutawney Memorial Library Monday evening for a presentation on how to make their own comic or graphic novel.

The presentation was done by Thom and Kambrea Pratt, artist and author, respectively, of the graphic novel "ShadowBinders."

Pictured is Thom Pratt (left) sketching a picture of Spiderman on a drawing template that transports the design to a computer, while Kambrea (right) explains the process.

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

DiBello, Hawk shuffle their way to the top

December 9, 2013

The winners of a recent shuffleboard tournament held at Mulberry Square are John DiBello (left), Mulberry resident, and Tammy Hawk, member of the Mulberry staff in medical records.

DiBello and Hawk teamed up to win the title out of an 18-team field.

Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director, said it was a double-elimination tournament, and snacks and pizza were provided.

She said these activities are a bonding time between the employees and residents and are a lot of fun.

The winners received T-shirts.

December 8th

Big Run VFW recognizes Pearl Harbor anniversary

December 8, 2013

Big Run VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary announced the winners of the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests at their Pearl Harbor Day commemoration on Saturday.

Pictured (from left) are Ladies Auxiliary Secretary Ruth Soliday, Patriot's Pen winner Garrett Fairman, Voice of Democracy winner Merica Pallone, and VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone.

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

Fun at Phil’s Holiday Bash

December 8, 2013

It was a fun and eventful morning for many local youngsters who attended Punxsy Phil's Holiday Bash, held at Gobbler’s Knob. The event was held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for children 12 and under and their parents.

A free lunch was provided for everyone, and children were able to make tons of crafts, play games and show off their cookie-decorating skills.

Children also were able to write a letter to Santa, with members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle making sure those letters reach Santa.

Some children also made cards for elderly members in the community.

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