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June 15th, 2014

Way Back When

June 15, 2014

(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
June 13, 1888

Festival at Big Run

There will be an ice cream and strawberry festival held in Cox's Hall, Big Run, on Friday and Saturday evenings, June 15th and 16th, under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid Society for the benefit of the M.E. Church.

A very pleasant time is anticipated and all are invited to attend.

Speared by a Spud

June 13th

Local Scout Stambaugh puts his service to use with Mahoning Shadow Trail project

June 13, 2014

Pictured is the unveiling of the new message board at the Water Street entrance to the Mahoning Shadow Trail, an Eagle Scout project done by Daniel Stambaugh of Boy Scout Troop No. 245.

Pictured (from left) are Susan Wolfe, secretary of the Mahoning Shadow Trail Association; Nick Gianvito, vice president of the Mahoning Shadow Trail Association; Stambaugh; and Patricia Murdock and Dotty Jekielek of the Punxsutawney Garden Club, which donated plants for the project.

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

Sidewalk Prophets perform local concert

June 13, 2014

Friday evening, local fans of the famous Christian band Sidewalk Prophets were finally able to see the band live, thanks to the Punxsutawney Christian School, which contacted the band and brought it to Punxsutawney.

The band performed in front of a large crowd consisting of those of all ages.

Opening for the band were About a Mile and Brookville native Caleb Dinger.

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

Punxsy memorial Library bids adieu to Coral Ellshoff

June 13, 2014

Friday being a Friday the 13th wasn’t the only thing special about the day, as it also saw the Punxsutawney Memorial Library bidding farewell to Coral Ellshoff, who has served as library director for many years.

Though she will always love Punxsutawney, a place she has called home, she said is making the journey back to Minnesota to be closer to family.

Pictured are Ellshoff (left) and Jane Parente, the library’s ILL coordinator.

Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America teaming up to sponsor bloodmobile on Tuesday

June 13, 2014

The Knights of Columbus (KOC) Council No. 452 and Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Court Saint Rita No. 353 are sponsoring a Red Cross bloodmobile at SS.C.D. on Tuesday, June 17 from noon until 6 p.m.

All blood types are needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

Pictured here are some of those involved in the planning (front, from left): Pat Rougeux, Red Cross volunteer, CDA member and bloodmobile chairperson; Betty Kotula, CDA; Laura Jesse, CDA secretary; (back) Joe Defelice, KOC; Kim Curtis, CDA financial secretary, Marian Klotz, CDA; and Dan Milton, KOC.

June 12th

SUMMER MUSICAL ASKS, ‘WHAT ABOUT LUV?’

June 12, 2014

Pictured fine-tuning their preparations for the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild’s summer show, “What About Luv?” are pianist Karen Rummell and the cast of the show: Kathy S. Dinsmore, Chris Snyder and Jef Dinsmore.

The two-act Broadway musical will have its local premier on June 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Punxsutawney Area Middle School and again on June 26, 27, 28 and July 3, 4 and 5 at Sawmill Theater in Cook Forest.

Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, phone 938-0378.

DAR Community Service Award goes to Fairman

June 12, 2014

The Punxsutawney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its annual dinner at Mary's Place on Tuesday, at which time the members presented their 2014 Community Service Award to Bev Fairman.

Pictured (from left) are Joan Olp, DAR regent; Fairman; and Ginger Momyer, DAR Community Service Award chairperson.

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

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 12, 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 is to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Today’s familiar face is Kyle Beatty.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kyle Beatty is a familiar face. You may recognize him for his musical talents that he displays at a few local churches, or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community.

State Superior Court denies appeal for Steven Rebert

June 12, 2014

Steven Rebert, who was convicted on Jan. 24, 2012, of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, robbery and theft by unlawful taking in the murders of James and Victoria Shugar in their home in Brockway, has been denied his appeal by the State Superior Court.

"After careful review, we affirm," the document filed in correlation with the decision of the three-judge panel consisting of Kate Ford-Elliott, Christine Donohue and William Platt said.

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

June 11th

For two local youth, less (hair for a good cause) is more this summer

June 11, 2014

(Left photos) Madison McBee, of Punxsutawney, is only 14 years old, but wise beyond her years. Madison, the daughter of John and Melanie McBee, decided to have her hair cut and to donate the locks to Wigs For Kids. This is Madison's first time donating to Wigs For Kids, an organization that provides hair replacement systems and support for kids who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

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