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May 15th

Familiar Faces Friday!

May 15, 2014

(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 faces are Patti Fallara & Lou Ann Poole.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Patti Fallara and Lou Ann Poole are familiar faces. You may recognize both of them as the secretaries at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

Fallara was born and raised in Punxsutawney. She is a 1979 graduate of PAHS.

Learn To Fly Day coming to Punxsy Municipal Airport on Saturday

May 15, 2014

BELL TOWNSHIP — So, you think you want to fly off into the wild blue yonder?

Well, Saturday you'll get the chance to try out that plan if you try attending Learn to Fly Day at the Punxsutawney Municipal Airport, located in Bell Township.

Larry Straitiff, owner/instructor at Center Line Aviation Ltd., said flight schools around the country will be participating in Learn to Fly Day this Saturday.

For details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

May 14th

Council members continue to question officers’ overtime

May 14, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council members continued to question overtime pay for Punxsutawney Borough Police officers at Monday's meeting.

Eric Story, Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety chair, said during the first pay period in April, the overtime was down, but it was way up in the second.

"I think it can use some more improvement; it's getting better," Story said.

Toby Santik, council member, asked about one part-time officer who received 18 hours of overtime.

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

Murphy using talents, passions to serve others via storytelling & writing

May 14, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's National Nursing Home Week, and if you're looking for a way to volunteer at a personal care facility of some type, here's one idea that may appeal to you.

Perhaps helping with the residents directly is not your thing. If that’s the case, how about being a storyteller and writer?

Jane Murphy, a volunteer reader and story writer at Mulberry Square, said the program she works with is called Timeslips and was created at the University of Milwaukee and designed by a psychiatrist who was working with dementia patients.

May 13th

GROUNDHOG PLAZA FIRE ALARM

May 13, 2014

Punxsutawney firefighters responded to a report of smoke in Puff Discount Tobacco located at 209 Hampton Ave. in the Groundhog Plaza at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday.

Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said upon investigation that the smoke was due to a ballast in a fluorescent light in the back room that shorted out, causing smoke in the building.

Wachob said there was no damage.

Central Fire Department responded to the scene, with Elk Run and Lindsey held in quarters, along with the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.

KEYSTONE EXAM HIGH ACHIEVERS

May 13, 2014

At the Punxsutawney Area School Board voting meeting, held Monday evening, students were recognized for Advanced Work on the Keystone Exams.

Principal Dave London said six juniors scored high on the Keystone Exams, and those six were awarded certificates.

Pictured (front, from left) are juniors Logan Reed, Jessamyn Malia, Rachel Spack, Ivy Phillips, Elissa Hill and Hunter Smith; with (back row) Cheyenne and Nina Reed, Shelia and William Malia, Paula and Joseph Spack, Lisa and James Phillips, Nicole Hill and Chad and Barbara Smith.

May 12th

Shaffer’s art on display now at PAH

May 12, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When it comes to art, Paul Shaffer has a gift that allows him to create some truly breathtaking pieces.

Shaffer is a member of the Punxsutawney Arts Association, Inc., and at 83
years old, he can create a scene that looks as though it is coming off of the canvas, a scene that makes you stop and look at the amazing details.

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

PCS students make history lesson ‘person’al

May 12, 2014

Recently the students in Mrs. Dilts’ third-grade class at Punxsutawney Christian School completed a character book report.

The students were required to read a biography and then write a report and create their famous person in history.

May 11th

Webelos earn Arrow of Light awards

May 11, 2014

Earlier this year, the Webelos 2 Den earned the Arrow of Light Award at Pack 245's Blue & Gold Banquet. Cubmaster Greg Kunselman presented each scout with his own individual Arrow of Light Award. Kunselman made each award for the scouts, and each arrow was hand painted to represent the years the scout had been in Cub Scouts. Alec Depp, Daniel Kunselman, Alex Meko and Robert Slaughenhaupt, Jr crossed over to continue their journey as Boy Scouts. The scoutmasters were there to welcome them to the troop of their choice.

May 9th

Connie Riddle among those honored for Career Women’s Week

May 9, 2014

“Hard work has always paid off.”

Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they’ve made to community and family.

The club was founded in 1930, originally known as Punxsutawney Business & Professional Women’s Club. On Sept. 8, 1998, the club name was changed and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of

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