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June 20th, 2014

Laurel Festival Queen named

June 20, 2014

This year’s Laurel Pageant was held on Wednesday evening — the first day of the ongoing festival — naming the queen and her court.

This year’s Laurel Queen is Mariah Gareis of Sigel (front, center).

Her court includes (front, from left) Laurel Princess Ashley Himes, Laurel Prince Grayden McMaster, (back) first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Kylee Murray, second runner-up Kayleen Schuckers and third runner-up April Nicole Hetrick.

Contestants were judged based on a talent portion, an evening gown presentation and their answers to an impromptu question.

June 19th

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 19, 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 Chrissy Clark.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Chrissy Clark is a familiar face. You may recognize her as one of the dental assistants at Punxsy Dental. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Rockin’ & rollin’ in Barclay Square

June 19, 2014

Music in the Park kicked off Thursday evening with a performance by Chaps, a classic rock/country band. With a large crowd in attendance, the band rocked Barclay Square.

The next Music in the Park will be on July 10, with a performance by The Avenue, a classic rock band.

Hard work, preparations lead up to this weekend’s Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine church festival

June 19, 2014

The ladies of Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine Church are shown here taking a break after cooking and cleaning to get ready for their church festival, which will be held Saturday evening from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pictured (front, from left) are Elaine Koromaus, Lynn Mikelonis, Marcella Petroff, Agnes Semon, Rose Meterko, Maria Hibbard; (back row) Debbie Kaza, Nikki Rake, Donna Bowser, Monica Cianciotti and Aileen Kolodick.

June 18th

Four injured in three-car East Mahoning accident

June 18, 2014

Four people were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital with unknown injuries following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on East Mahoning Street on Wednesday morning in Punxsutawney, when a red Dodge Dakota was struck by a silver Subaru and a red Peterbilt tractor trailer.

For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

June 17th

Punxsy high school’s new fitness center & weight room dedicated at ceremony

June 17, 2014

On Tuesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area High School held the dedication ceremony for the new fitness center and weight room facility.

Members of the Punxsutawney Athletic Foundation (PAF) and the Cook family were on hand as key contributors to the project, and students from Jeff Tech who helped draft the model for the facility were also in attendance.

Mother Nature cooperates just enough for canopy to appear in Barclay Square

June 17, 2014

Volunteers assist with the construction of the famous canopy that will take center stage in Barclay Square for the remainder of the summer.

For the full story - including the schedule of performers for the Groundhog Festival - pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Police warn of scams

June 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, issued the following reminder to the public Tuesday:

“Always be aware of criminals who are in a perpetual quest to defraud you of your hard-earned money and assets.

“Troopers are continually gathering intelligence in an attempt to identify current scams so, in turn, the public can be made award of those crimes.

June 16th

Rotary Club contributes to new inflatable boat for Punxsutawney Fire Department

June 16, 2014

The Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive Team launched its new inflatable boat that was purchased by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.

Pictured here is the new boat and the new dive trailer.

Pictured (from left) are Tom Chelgren, George Powers, Bob Fischer and Erin Cameron, Punxsy Rotary Club; Joshua Wachob, Punxsy Fire Department chief; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Department Chief; and Cody Craft, Josh McAfoos, Patrick Meckley and John Joseph of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive and Boat teams.

Voss sworn in by Big Run Mayor; lawn waste ordinance agreed upon

June 16, 2014

Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh (right) is pictured swearing in Cliff Voss, the new Big Run Council member, at Monday's meeting.

Council also discussed a potential ordinance that would fine residents who blow their lawn waste into the streets, which clogs the storm drains.

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

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