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June 30th, 2014

Community welcomes home Trooper Brad Wilson

June 30, 2014

If you were anywhere near town on Saturday around lunchtime, you couldn’t miss the thunder of motorcycles and other vehicles — escorted by numerous local officials — as the tribute ride to PSP Trooper Brad Wilson roared through Punxsutawney.

The ride was a part of a day full of festivities to welcome home
Wilson, who was seriously injured while executing a warrant on Sept. 26, 2013.

Pictured: Brockway mayor William Hrinya presents Trooper Wilson (center) with a framed copy of the proclamation declaring the day as Trooper Brad Wilson Day in Brockway.

PACC annual 5K/2-mile walk set for Wednesday

June 30, 2014

The Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) will hold its 19th annual 5K/2-mile walk in downtown Punxsy as part of the Groundhog Festival on
Wednesday.

Pictured with the shirts and medals are Donna Maines (left), PACC board member, and Rob McCoy, executive director of PACC.

For more information, call PACC at 814-938-1008 or email punxsyaccenter@gmail.com.

Snyder’s career celebrated as he retires

June 30, 2014

Clay Snyder, the manager of the Punxsutawney branch of Marion Center Bank, retired after 37 years in the banking business, 14 of them with Marion Center Bank.

Members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce presented Snyder with a ceremonial rose bush for his rose garden.

June 29th

Punxsy Fire Department 2014 Old Home Week Firefighter’s Parade

June 29, 2014

2014 OLD HOME WEEK PARADE WINNERS

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mahoning Street was packed Saturday afternoon for the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s 2014 Old Home Week Firefighter’s Parade, an annual tradition in town.

The parade was a success, and here are the winners:

FLOATS, PERFORMANCES
• High School Bands: 1st place, West Branch; 2nd place, Marion Center.

• Senior Baton: 1st place, Firettes.

• Junior Baton: 1st place, Firettes; 2nd place, Commodorettes.

• Junior Drill: 1st place, Cheer Force; 2nd place, KLA.

Red Cross, Music Saves Lives blood drive set for Tuesday in Rossiter

June 29, 2014

ROSSITER — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
More than 41,000 donations are needed every day.

To help the American Red Cross reach their goal, two friends are teaming up to unite music lovers and anyone wanting to make a difference.

On Tuesday, July 1, in conjunction with Music Saves Lives, the American Red Cross will host a blood drive for the Rossiter community.

Those who donate will get a unique incentive.

2014 GROUNDHOG FESTIVAL - Monday's schedule

June 29, 2014

Groundhog Festival Schedule of events

MONDAY, JUNE 30
• 10 a.m.-Noon – Children’s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This year’s theme is “Native America.” Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society.

• 10:30-11 a.m. – Registration for Diaper Derby (Crawling Babies) and for Tot Trot (12-18 months on padded course) Sponsored by: Adagio Health/GFC and Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

• 11-11:30 a.m. – Diaper Derby Race followed by the Tot Trot Race.

• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, Balloons. Co-Sponsored by Indiana First Bank

•12:30-1 p.m. – Airborne Jugglers

June 27th

Full schedule to get Groundhog Festival rolling on Sunday

June 27, 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Brenda Mishler

2-3 p.m. — 3-4-1

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Pearls to Pigs

All afternoon gospel music sponsored by Miller Brothers Furniture

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Glory Way Quartet, Gospel

8-9 p.m. – Glory Way Quartet (2nd Show)

Week-Long Events
Food Vendors in Barclay Square; Arts and Crafts Vendors; Sponsor Vendors; Bring Lawn Chairs, No Seating Available; Rides and Games Provided by Fun Zone, 1 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m. (Tentative schedule, subject to change); Bake Sales by Various Churches and Organizations; REACT First-Aid Booth

Bach’s presentation informs local residents, asks ‘Are You Getting What You Paid For?’

June 27, 2014

Wednesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) welcomed a visit from Mary Bach, a consumer advocate who has gained national fame for her crusade for consumer rights.

The program "Are You Getting What You Paid For?" was held at the Jefferson Street Social Hall.

Pictured (from left) are Charlotte Fye, general coordinator; Bach; and Tom Curry, president of PASR.

To read Bach's tips, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Old Home Week Parade set for 4 p.m Saturday

June 27, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now that summer is officially here, it's time for the annual Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Parade, scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Punxsutawney.

Mahoning Street will be shut down at approximately 3:15 p.m., with the parade moving out at 4 p.m.

Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said he was sorry to

June 26th

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 26, 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 face is Brenda Scarantine.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

ANITA — Brenda Scarantine is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the treasurer for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 62 who recently helped her organization sell poppies. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

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