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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.

Rotary Club members take turn as Hot Dog Days helpers

August 7, 2013

It was another successful day on Wednesday for Hot Dog Days at Fezell's County Market, sponsored by the Punxsutawney Memorial Library board of trustees. Pictured are Wednesday's celebrity workers (from left) Erin Cameron, Michelle Walls, Lisa London and Michele Neal of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club. Hot Dog Days continue today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Thursday's celebrity workers being the Punxsy School District administrators.

August 6th

District attorney Burkett speaks to area seniors on fraud abuse and prevention

August 6, 2013

REYNOLDSVILLE — In light of the prevalence of scams and financial abuse, particularly those targeted at senior citizens in the modern world, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett is traveling to senior centers throughout the local area to speak about identifying, preventing and responding to fraud and other forms of elder abuse.

"People are always looking for opportunities to scam somebody, to swindle them, to do something to victimize them for their own gain," Burkett said at the first of his presentations on Tuesday morning at the Reynoldsville Foundry.

McCoy honored with proclamation

August 6, 2013

Rob McCoy, director of the Punxsutawney Area Community Center, received a surprise birthday party held in his honor at Gobbler's Knob on Sunday afternoon.

McCoy received a proclamation from Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle, who proclaimed Sunday, Aug. 4, as Rob McCoy Day in Punxsy.

Pictured is McCoy (right), receiving the proclamation from Mick Mumau, who substituted for Wehrle.

August 5th

Not too cold, not too hot. These dogs are just right!

August 5, 2013

Monday marked the first day of the Library Hot Dog Days event, as volunteers from Friends of the Library set up shop in front of Fezell's County Market.

Aside from the $2 hot dog meal, a book sale was also held, with all proceeds going to the library.

Pictured here is Al Mains being served a hot dog by volunteers Debbie Kaza and Mary Mack.

The event will continue throughout the week, with volunteers from different local organizations serving each day.

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