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July 27th, 2014

Steven John Schopperth, 47

July 27, 2014

Steven John Schopperth, 47, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born June 24, 1967, in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, the son of the late Timothy and Joan (Degelman) Schopperth.

He was a mechanic.

He was married to Paula (Harkleroad) Schopperth, who survives.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Steven J. Schopperth of Punxsutawney; two daughters, Katlyn Schopperth and Ashley Freeman of New Jersey; one sister, Karen Diorio of Las Vegas, Nevada; and one brother, Timothy Schopperty of Hawthorn, New York.

Raymond Joseph DeFoor, 69

July 27, 2014

Raymond Joseph DeFoor, 69, of Cambridge, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Youngstown, and was the son of the late Albert Eugene and Bessie Mae (Hobba) DeFoor.

Mr. DeFoor retired in 1992 from GTE after 30 years of service.

He was a 1963 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a member of Center United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Robert Ananea.

Frona D. Burkett, 88

July 27, 2014

Frona D. Burkett, 88, of DuBois, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.

Mrs. Burkett was born May 26, 1926, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late David L. Buterbaugh and Jessie D. (Clawson) Buterbaugh.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joy James Burkett, on April 15, 1985.

Frona was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Sykesville.

July 25th

Dog Days of Summer more bearable with hot dog days

July 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When you think of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, do you think of food?

If you don't, maybe you should — at least for the next week or so — as the Library Hot Dog Days will take place again starting on Monday at Fezell's County Market.

This year’s event runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

18-month-old child killed in driveway accident

July 25, 2014

SMICKSBURG — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Friday an accidental death investigation that took place around 4:55 p.m. on Thursday at a private residence located in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

Police were summoned to the residence for a report of an 18-month-old female who had been struck by a vehicle in the driveway of the residence.

The report said that the investigation revealed that the child had crawled under the vehicle while the family was unloading tools.

Relay For Life: A year-round event

July 25, 2014

As a part of the event's opening ceremonies, the winners of the Paint The Town Purple event — a new addition to Relay For Life this year that asked businesses to deck their sites out in honor of the fight against cancer — were honored.

Paint The Town Purple is just one of many ways folks can get involved with the year-round Relay activities.

Tonjia Renee Testut, 35

July 25, 2014

Tonjia Renee Testut, 35, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born July 2, 1979, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Alexander and Linda (Harmon) Testut.

She was a nurse.

She is survived by her fiancé, Darryl Asburay; three sons, Jacob Asburay, Zachary Asburay and Tyler Asburay, all of Punxsutawney; and by two brothers, Richard Testut and wife Annette, and Dan Testut and wife Toni.

Joseph Dynako, 87

July 25, 2014

Joseph Dynako, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Penn Highlands Brookville.

He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in NuMine, a son of the late John and Josephine (Zak) Dynako.

On May 1, 1948, he married Irene D. “Renie” (Sovich) Dynako, who preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1995.

He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II.

Joseph was the owner and operator of Television Service Center in Punxsutawney.

PAHS parking tags

July 25, 2014

Parking tags for the 2014-15 school year will be given out on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 a.m. in the high school office.

You can stop by Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up a registration form that can be completed and ready for distribution of tags on Aug. 7.

The following information will be needed: plate number, license number and who the vehicle is registered under.

July 24th

Familiar Faces Friday!

July 24, 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 Kelly Skarbek.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Kelly Skarbek is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a speech therapist who works in the Punxsutawney Area School District with children who have special needs. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

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