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October 24th, 2013
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Bill Vassallo.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Vassallo is a recognizable face.
You may recognize him as the athletic director at Punxsutawney Area High School who often oversees the games, or perhaps he is most recognizable as the 9th-grade American history and world cultures teacher at PAHS.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Friday, Nov. 1, Punxsutawney Christian School will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in the school gym from noon to 6 p.m.
Julia Martino, a PCS senior, is organizing the drive through the Red Cross Educational Scholarship Program. The program allows students to help others in their community and around the region while raising college scholarship funds.
Appointments for donating can be scheduled in advance by logging on to www.redcrossblood.org and using this sponsor code: PunxsyChristian.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With the changes in the weather of late, it is only fitting that the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center gave a presentation about its program at the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting on Wednesday.
Jim Cassidy, chairman of the board for the Weather Discovery Center, thanked the school board for the opportunity to talk to their board from his.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The IUP Culinary students are cooking up a fundraiser this weekend that will benefit the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) digital projector fund.
Martha Jo Rupert, chef instructor at IUP Culinary School, said the school encourages its students to be active in the community by raising funds for a specific cause.
"That gives them the opportunity to understand that itâ€™s not just about what you're doing; it's about everyone around you," she said.
For the rest of the story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Is there such a thing as a a free lunch? Maybe, maybe not; but how about free clothing?
The answer is a resounding yes!
Free Clothing Days are back this week at the First Church Of God in Punxsutawney.
Shelley Rowan, coordinator of Free Clothing Days, said this is the sixth year for the popular clothing giveaway.
"What has made this so successful is the high quality of the clothing that has been donated to the drive in the fall and spring over the years," Rowan said, adding that all of the clothing is gently worn, and there's no limit to what you may take home.
Earlier this year, St. Joseph's Polish Society held its third annual golf tournament at Hemlock View Golf Course.
Fourteen teams consisting of four players each took part this year for a total of 56 participants.
All participants were invited back to the club for dinner after a great day of golfing. Many prizes were awarded to participants.
Several local businesses donated prizes or contributed to the overall total that was collected to donate to the Gateway Humane Society, the organization chosen by the club's board of directors.
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Gary Godak of Punxsutawney is pictured getting into his 2003 Mack tandem dump truck, following inspection on Monday.
Godak plows the Route 36 South portion of the highway out toward Johnsonburg Road.
Read all about PennDOT's winter preparation in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It takes courage to follow the path that God is leading you down, especially when that path leads to something you have never tried before.
Though often plagued with fears of failure, one must keep on forging ahead, and for local woman Barb Schall, that is exactly what she has done.
Read about Schall's journey in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
October 6, 1897
Free Methodist Meeting
Twelve men and twelve women from the Greensburg district, who had been in attendance at the Free Methodist conference in Ridgway, were in town on Monday on their way home. Having a couple of hours to wait before securing transportation to Indiana, they resolved to utilize the time in holding a meeting.