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May 5th, 2015
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a devastating disease without a cure.
ALS is a fatal disease with a few treatments that can improve the quality of life. Because of that, a campaign is held every May, which has been designated at National ALS Awareness Month, to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS.
During ALS Awareness Month, the association asks individuals to create their own events to give hope. One of the individuals asked is local resident Duane Siple, who was diagnosed with ALS 12 years ago.
This week's Photo of the Week takes us back to last Friday, when the seniors at Punxsutawney Area High School took part in the SADD Club's Mock Crash Assembly. Students were reminded of the dangers of drinking and driving on the eve of one of the most popular nights for the poor decision being made.
The following meetings and events will be taking place this week in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
Monday: IUP Chalk Walk/Celebration of Learning-3:30 p.m., Sykesville Borough Council-7 p.m., Athletic Committee Meeting-7 p.m.;
Tuesday: Lyme Disease Seminar at PAH-6:30 p.m.;
Wednesday: Special Olympics at PAHS-10 a.m.;
Thursday: National Honor Society Banquet at Cobblestone Hotel-6 p.m.;
Saturday: 2nd annual Kids Fair at Punxsutawney Community Center-10 a.m.
With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police have arrested a juvenile in relation to a theft of a handgun that occurred on April 25.
Police have been conducting an investigation into a recent rash of car break-ins. The identity of the suspect came to light through interviews with a number of people. On April 21, police took the juvenile offender into custody. A .45 caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On April 26, the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department investigated a rape allegation of a 19-year-old white female in the Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.
The victim was treated at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Zachary Michael Webb, Philadelphia, was located and taken into custody by patrol officers within the borough.
Webb was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Chambers on the morning of April 27 and placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $150,000 bail.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” "The Girl Scouts are coming, the Girl Scouts are coming," thought Punxsutawney Phil as he once again made his way up to the Knob on Saturday morning.
Around 170 Girl Scouts and their families converged on Punxsutawney from all over Western Pennsylvania for the first-ever Punxsutawney Phil's Weather Extravaganza, which was put together by the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center and the Groundhog Club.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Wednesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area School Board met and discussed a variety of topics. Included in those topics was the vote for a replacement board member for Francis J. Molinaro's seat. Molinaro passed away last month but was remembered by the board at the April 13 meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” One vehicle was towed from the scene in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 5:21 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of North Gilpin Street and West Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney.
According to reports from the scene, a Ford Mustang convertible and a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck somehow collided in the intersection of North Gilpin and West Mahoning streets.
The Mustang came to rest on the sidewalk near the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Headquarters and the truck on Mahoning Street.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â On Saturday evening, members of the 2015 class of the Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame â€” joined by their families, their friends, members of the hall's committee, former inductees and their families and Punxsy sports fans in general â€”Â gathered to for their official induction ceremony and banquet and to "celebrate the athletic experience."