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April 30th

FCOG offering Free Clothing Days this weekend

April 30, 2013

It’s that time again for clothing lovers who love a good bargain.

This Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon will be "Free Clothing Days" at the First Church of God.

The event is being coordinated by Shelley Rowan (pictured here), who has been doing it for the past 5 to 6 years.

She has received help from members of her congregation, as well as the PAHS Key Club members.

The event is held in the spring and fall and offers free clothing, shoes, purses and other accessories.

Local business owners concerned over recent rash of break-ins

April 30, 2013

Police are looking into a break-in at Lily's Restaurant and Bakery in Punxsutawney, where a "substantial amount of cash" was lost early this morning, according to a report by WPXZ 104.1 FM.

The station reported that this is the second recent break-in at Lily's and one of several reported at local businesses of late.

The report also says that Lily's, Walker Auto Parts, Subway and ISDA have been victimized and that a "substantial reward" is being offered by business owners for any information leading to the arrest of individuals responsible.

April 29th

Indiana Co. woman wants to help area parents get a ‘GRASP’ on grief

April 29, 2013

INDIANA — Susan Kelly is a woman who knows that the worst kind of grief comes from losing a child. Even worse, perhaps, is losing that child to drugs.

That is exactly what happened to Kelly, when her beloved son, Daniel "Hat" Cernic, died at the age of 23 from a heroin overdose in 2005.

To this very day, Kelly grieves for the child she lost to something that has taken so many young lives.

Kelly, a mental health therapist and self-employed mental health consultant, worked for 22 years at the Indiana Guidance Center.

Demolition of former Rumors building begins

April 29, 2013

With plenty of other construction already underway in town, another project started Monday morning, as crews started to take down the former Rumors building on W. Mahoning Street.

Fortunately for locals, the new building (seen in background) opened a few months back.

Old Home Week preparations underway with just a few small changes in the works

April 29, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the fact that there won't be a carnival this year for the Punxsutawney Fire Department's Old Home Week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival Committee and Tim Krise are pitching in to help.

Scott Depp, chief of Central Fire Department and a member of the Old Home Week Committee, said two days will be added to the schedule to help out the fire department, since the committee was unable to obtain a carnival service to replace J&J Amusements' services.

For the full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.

PSP-DuBois investigating rape, indecent assault

April 29, 2013

REYNOLDSVILLE & FALLS CREEK — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an incident of statutory rape and an incident of indecent assault in two separate cases.

According to police, around June of 2012, a known male who was then 19 allegedly sexually assaulted a female who was 15 at the time.

The incident occurred in Reynoldsville.

Police are also investigating an incident of indecent assault that occurred between January and March of this year in Falls Creek and involved a known male suspect and a female.

April 28th

Big Run honors Loyalty Day

April 28, 2013

During Sunday’s Loyalty Day commemoration, Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) and Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone (right) present area student Lana Malia with a certificate recognizing her for her efforts in creating a permanent record of veterans' graves at two area cemeteries as her senior project.

Rep. Glenn Thompson was the keynote speaker.

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

They’re lovin’ it: Local McDonald’s employees collecting for care packages to send to troops stationed overseas

April 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY— When most people think of McDonald's, they think of a place to grab a quick bite to eat. What they don't see or realize is that each person has a story to tell.

Everyone has something happening in their life that is affecting them.
Sherry Huber is one of those people.

She watched all three of her children get deployed to Afghanistan.
She felt the same angst and worry as many others who have a loved one fighting overseas.

It was while sending care packages to her children that she became aware of some fellow soldiers who never receive reminders from home.

Way Back When

April 28, 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
May 5, 1897

Apron Strings
The lecture given by Chaplain Lozier in the Methodist church last Thursday night was one of the best entertainments ever held in this town.

After some very witty remarks concerning the unoccupied seats and the entertainment, the audience joined in singing "Home Sweet Home."

April 26th

Masonic Lodge Chip Program — providing safety to area kids — Continues to accept registrations today

April 26, 2013

The John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge is conducting the second day of the Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge Child Identification Program (CHIP) at the cafeteria of the Punxsutawney Area High School today.

CHIP consists of a still photo and digital video interview, fingerprints and a DNA kit to be completed at home in order to provide parents or guardians with information that can be given to the state police in the event that a child is abducted or missing.

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