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June 27th, 2014

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.

Volunteers make tax season less taxing, stressful

June 26, 2014

Community Action, Inc. and The Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging honored volunteers who served over 2,000 hours as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers in Clarion and Jefferson counties.

This tax season, 1,387 returns were successfully e-filed, bringing federal refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits totaling $1,050,213 into local communities.

The VITA Program offered free tax help to families earning $52,000 or less. All volunteers received free training and were certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

June 25th

TOM SIPLE FOUNDATION RECEIVES $13,550 DONATION

June 25, 2014

The Tom Siple Foundation recently received a donation of $13,550 made possible through the hard work of members of the local community.

The money was donated in memory of Doug Horne Jr. and Fred Manners.

Family and friends of the two banded together to raise money for the foundation by soliciting donations of various items that were raffled off from early 2014 until now.

All of the proceeds benefited the Tom Siple Foundation.

June 24th

Punxsy Rotary Club hosts banquet, welcomes incoming members, honors Rotarians of the Year

June 24, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Rotary Club announced its Rotarians of the Year at its annual banquet, which was held at the Punxsutawney Country Club on Tuesday, and this year, there were two recipients.

Erin Cameron, incoming president, said that the choice is never simple, as there are so many hard-working, enthusiastic, dedicated individuals.

Doug Chambers and Tom Chelgren were both chosen as this year's Rotarians of the Year.

Dave London, emcee, welcomed the new Rotary members, Tammy and Tim Carulli, Chris Neal, Sue Wolfe and Laurie Klingensmith.

Jeff Tech JOC furloughs remaining PN instructors

June 24, 2014

The three instructors in the Practical Nursing (PN) program spoke to the Jeff Tech Operating Committee (JOC) about the promotion of the program in the last month.

However, the JOC committee voted Monday to eliminate the three instructor positions.

Pictured (from left) are Nancy Roseman, Debbie Friday and Kari Morris.

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

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait! It’s a bear!

June 24, 2014

David Beatty of Punxsutawney submitted this photos of a black bear he and his family observed in the distance in the field near Gobbler’s Knob around 8 p.m. on Monday night.

While black bears are great to observe from a distance, with the sightings of them becoming more frequent, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds residents to keep their distance.

June 23rd

Brookville library holds annual author luncheon with Julia Child biographer

June 23, 2014

BROOKVILLE — The Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library in Brookville returned with its annual author luncheon last Wednesday, held at the Pinecrest Country Club.

This year's book was the biography "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," and the author, Bob Spitz, was the speaker for the luncheon.

To read about Spitz's adventures with Ms. Child, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Falls Creek man, 27, dies in wreck

June 23, 2014

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — A 27-year-old Falls Creek man died following a crash that occurred at 10:23 p.m. Sunday along Reynoldsville Falls Creek Road in Winslow Township, according to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Mark A. Ferko was ejected through the front driver's side window of the 2004 Dodge Neon he was driving, police reported.

Ferko had been traveling northbound on the road and was negotiating a slight left curve when, for unknown reasons, his car began rotating clockwise and crossed the white fog line and northbound shoulder.

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