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November 11th, 2012

Veterans' Day recognized in Big Run

November 11, 2012

BIG RUN — VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual ceremony recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day on Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.

The ceremony also commemorated the 65th anniversary of Big Run VFW Post 9044 and honored its four living charter members, Richard Ellenberger, Sherman Hollopeter, Robert Kerr and Eugene North.

The speaker for the evening was Jeff Soliday, who also spoke at the two organizations' recognition of POW/MIA Day earlier this year, which doubled as a commemoration of his late father, Jim Soliday.

Mulberry Square honors veterans

November 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday was a beautiful, warm day at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, as the veterans who now reside there were honored.

The Veterans' Day program was started five years ago by Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director.

Having recognized that many of the veterans living at Mulberry Square couldn't get out to any of the other memorials, she decided to have one for them there.

"I feel they need recognition" said Amundson.

Way Back When

November 11, 2012

(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
September 23, 1896

An Armstrong County Girl
A dispatch from Laporte, Indiana of recent date says, "Edith E. Rylatt, of Armstrong county, PA, answered the matrimonial want notice of Alexander Rhines, of Fulton county and has become his lawful wife.

November 9th

Area musicians band together in effort to help local youngster

November 10, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — So many turn to music to help lift their spirits when they’re having a rough day. So, when a student from the Punxsutawney Area Middle School, Colin Wineberg, 
fell ill, several local musicians decided to put their talents to use raising money to help Wineberg’s cause.

Event organizer Mike Krach, a music teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, said Colin is a 7th-grade student in the district who is in need of a kidney transplant. When Wineberg fell ill this past summer rather suddenly, Krach said a chronic kidney disease was discovered.

November 8th

Jury finds Thornhill guilty on all but one count

November 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — The trial of Christopher Thornhill ended on Thursday with him being found guilty of all but one of the counts with which he was charged in a shooting that took place in Punxsutawney on Sept. 22, 2011.

The victims in the incident were Punxsutawney residents Shane Glatt and Richard White Jr., both of whom survived with serious injuries.

Krise Bus Service named Chamber’s Business of the Year

November 8, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday afternoon, the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce held its annual members’ luncheon, and the highlight of the event was the naming of the 2012 Business of the Year Award, Krise Bus Service of
Punxsutawney.

The winner write-up, read by Tracy Smith — representing Spirit Publishing Company, which was last year’s winner — stated this year’s winner was a company “formed in 1990 by a person who became interested in the industry while he was still a senior in high school. Starting out with 45 employees, this company grew steadily.

Pizza & Prevention puts up yet another big number in 2012

November 8, 2012

Wednesday afternoon, Fox’s Pizza Den donated a check for $46,595.91 — funds raised during the annual Pizza & Prevention fundraiser — to the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

On hand for the event were (front, from left): J.R. Overly, Lindsey Fire Department; Matt Kengersky, Kengersky Insurance Agency; Larry McGuire Rembowski, department secretary; Cheri Yount, Bob Long and Nathan Shotts, Fox’s employees; (back) Tim Fusco and Josh Manners, Elk Run Fire Department; and Corey Lash, Fox’s employee.

November 7th

Testimonies continue at Thornhill trial

November 8, 2012

BROOKVILLE — Testimonies continued Wednesday in the trial of Christopher Thornhill, as law enforcement officers and medical personnel spoke their parts and ballistic evidence was brought forward for review.

For the full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

The fruits of their labor: Sr. project presentations tonight

November 8, 2012

A number of PAHS students have been hard at work on their senior projects, and tonight, the public can learn about the senior project process by attending Senior Graduation Project Presentation Night beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the PAHS cafeteria. Approximately 54 seniors are set to present. Senior Carley Smith raised $1,000 for the American Cancer Society by holding an acoustic music night Oct. 5 at Rumors Tavern. She is pictured (right) presenting her donation to Jessica Carbaugh, the local representative for the American Cancer Society.

November 6th

State Police looking into alleged assault of 9-year-old girl

November 7, 2012

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported Tuesday that an investigation has been launched into the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old female.

The alleged incident(s) took place between July 1 and Oct. 9 at a residence in Winslow Township.

The investigation is ongoing.

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