Archive - May 2014 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a night to remember Friday for the members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 2014, as they and their families were greeted by clear skies and sunshine at Jack LaMarca Stadium for the graduation ceremony.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PCS Class of 2014 (from left): JACOB KUHN, TARAN MILLER, VALEDICTORIAN LUKE FUGATE, JULIA MARTINO & TANNER EVANS
Read about the graduation in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Lee Grace Foulkrod received a special certificate from Tom Curry, president of the Jefferson County Chapter of PASR, designating her as Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
A resident of Sykesville, where she coordinates programs and activities at the town's Senior Center, she is also the director of the Village Voices choir of Brockway.
Foulkrod devotes many volunteer hours to her church and other community organizations in Sykesville.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is onein a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Gloria Kerr.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gloria Kerr is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the president of the Garden Club. Or perhaps you have seen her and the rest of the Garden Club working hard around the community, planting and doing beautification projects.
At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said that two elementary schools in the Punxsy District have received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics â€” Bell Township and Longview.
Both schools scored over 90 percent for the 2012-2013 school profile.
Each building received a proclamation from the governor.
Pictured (from left) are Board President Bob Pascuzzo; Travis Monroe, principal at Longview Elementary; Wolfe; and Francis Molinaro, board vice-president.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
The Past to Present Machinery Association held its annual show over the weekend at the Sykesville Fairgrounds.
Over three days, tractors and equipment both old and new were out on the grounds, alongside a number of other farm-related displays.
Activities included tractor pulls for farm tractors, garden tractors and antique tractors, a pedal tractor pull, tractor games and a parade of tractors, as well as music by The Moore Brothers.
The Punxsutawney Eagles and Auxiliary hosted Child Safety Day Saturday to benefit the children and parents in the area. Members of Pennsylvania State Police Troop C checked car seats to make sure they were properly installed. Punxsutawney Borough Police offered fingerprinting, and the Punxsutawney Fire Department demonstrated fire prevention and gave tours of the department's apparatus. Pictured (from left) are Gabe Duncan, Punxsutawney Borough Police officer, fingerprinting Layla Brown, with assistance from her mother, Lisa Brown.
The Community Guidance Center held an open house last week inside Primary Health Networkâ€™s new Punxsutawney Community Health Center. Pictured (front, from left) are Lexi Miller, outpatient clinical supervisor; Michelle Barnhart, intake director; Lisa Orcutt, R.N.; (back) Crystal Waters, outpatient director; Jennifer Schrecongost, blended case management supervisor; Stacie Huber, family-based director; Marcy Sturgeon, receptionist; and Sean Plouse, community relations director.
For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Roger Fye (right) and William Schlagel (center) are Jefferson County's first legally recognized same-sex couple, after being married by Judge John Foradora in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Same-sex marriages have been recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, when U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the state's statutory ban was unconstitutional.
Schlagel and Fye have known one another for five years and have been partners for two.
Fye is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, while Schlagel is originally from the Pittsburgh area.
Pamela Boyer (left) and her family raised money in memory of Boyerâ€™s son, Philip, to replace the lifeguard chairs at the George C. Brown Community Pool, and the new chairs will be dedicated at a ceremony on May 31 â€” the first day the pool will be open for the year. Pictured with Boyer is SPLASH representative Lisa Switlick.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.