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June 13th, 2014

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.

Severe weather comes on fast, forces local crews into action

June 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, dark clouds started rolling in and a scanner call was issued warning Jefferson County residents of a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the next few hours across the area.

June 10th

A sign of the times: Council approves new sign ordinance

June 10, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following several attempts, Punxsutawney Borough Council finally voted to approve the new borough sign ordinance.

Read the additions and restrictions in the new ordinance in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy BETA Sorority pitches in to assist Western PA Cares For Kids

June 10, 2014

The Punxsutawney Beta Sorority presented a donation of $1,000 to Western PA CARES for Kids to assist with their new medical and therapy addition.

Pictured (from left) are Linda Bittle, secretary of the Beta Sorority; Pat Berger, executive director and forensic interviewer of Western PA CARES for Kids; Marlene Shaffer, president of Punxsutawney Betas; and Barbara Burkett, vice president of the Beta Sorority.

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

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