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March 8th, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY CONCERT ASSOCIATION PRESENTS JAZZ FOR ITS SEASON FINALE

March 8, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Concert Association will conclude its 2012-2013 concert season in Punxsutawney on Thursday evening, March 14, at the Punxsutawney Area High School with the concert by The Side Street Strutters.

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

Making the most of a haircut

March 8, 2013

Jeanie Smith, age 9, of Punxsutawney donated 12 inches of her hair to "Wigs for Kids" on March 1, marking the fourth time she has done so.

She previously donated her hair for the same cause on April 16, 2011;
March 6, 2009; and May 15, 2007.

Jeanie is currently in fourth grade at Punxsutawney Area Middle School.

Jeanie believes that, even though she is only a child, she can help other children who need hair by donating her own.

All four times, Alicia Burkett, current owner of Alicia's Hair Cottage, cut Jeanie Smith's hair.

March 7th

A Comical Finale

March 7, 2013

The antics of the rustics from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" serve as the bookend scenes in "Much Ado About Will," the two-act celebration of the words of William Shakespeare.

The Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild's current show will have its final two performances at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the auditorium of the Punxsutawney Area Middle School.

Tickets are sold at the door.

In themed segments, the play serves up a generous sample of the comedy and drama that have made the Bard the most famous playwright in the world.

Solid waste authority creates electronics recycling guide in wake of new law

March 7, 2013

BROOKVILLE — The Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority has created a brief electronics recycling guide specific to county residents in the wake of a disposal ban on certain electronic covered devices that went into effect in Pennsylvania on Jan. 24.

To find out where and how to recycle your electronics, pick up Friday's print edition of The Spirit.

Good, clean fun: Children’s Health Fair promises pleasant experience for the whole family

March 7, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend promises a good time, not only for the children but for the entire family, as taking place for the first time in this community will be the Children's Health Fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

The event is being hosted by Lifespan Family Services and AmeriHealth Mercy.

It is being funded through a special grant that is used to promote healthy children and family in communities through exercise, nutrition and behaviors.

March 6th

School board casts deciding vote on middle school soccer program

March 6, 2013

At Tuesday's voting meeting, the Punxsutawney Area School Board voted on a proposal to start a middle school soccer program.

To see how the discussion surrounding the vote went, and to see results of the vote, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Local photographer Jane Spencer displays her work at PAH

March 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A true artist is one who not only has a passion for art, but also an eye for detail.

And there are many forms of visual art, such as painting, drawing, sculpting and photography.

For Jane Spencer, her love of all things art began at a very young age.

“When I was a kid, I used to draw cartoons out of the funny pages,” said Spencer.

As a teenager, she began to do still-life art, as well as oil painting.

Spencer says that once she got married, it was hard to find time to paint or draw, especially after having three children.

March 5th

Mother’s heart reaching out to daughter in Calif.

March 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — One of the hardest parts of being a mother is
learning your child is ill and not being able to do anything about it.

For Darla DeHaven, that nightmare became a reality when she learned that her 27-year-old daughter Keara Dove has Stage 3 breast cancer.

A couple of months ago, Keara, who has been living in Tustin, Calif., with her husband and 5-year-old son, returned to Punxsutawney to attend a funeral.

While here, she discovered a lump on one of her breasts. The doctors ran tests, which came back with benign results.

School board votes on third art teacher position

March 6, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following numerous testimonies regarding the art program at Punxsutawney Area High School, the Punxsutawney Area School Board voted Tuesday on the future of that position.

To find out the result of the vote and for more meeting details, pick up a print edition of Wednesday's Punxsutawney Spirit.

Crash claims two lives in Indiana County

March 6, 2013

EAST MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning has claimed the lives of two Indiana County residents.

Coroner Michael Baker said a car collided broadside with a large tree on Route 403, about one mile south of Marion Center in East Mahoning Township, killing a male driver and his female passenger.

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