May 27th, 2013
The Big Run Boy Scouts present the colors at the beginning of VFW Post 9044's Memorial Day commemoration Monday at Fairview Cemetery.
Barbara A. Kennis, 63, of Mercer, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Grove City Medical Center.Â Â
Barbara was born Dec. 1, 1949, in Kane, Pa., a daughter of George R. and Margaret (Zemlin) Jerko.
She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School class of 1967 and cum laude from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania class of 1971.
Barbara worked 25 years as a teacher for the Mercer Area School District.
On July 18, 1970, she married her husband, Michael P. Kennis, who survives, at home.
Ervin J. Schlabach, 68, of Rossiter, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born June 7, 1944, in Middlefield, Ohio, a son of the late John E. and Emma M. (Miller) Schlabach.
He was the husband of the former Katie Byler. She survives.
Mr. Schlabach enjoyed spending his time with his horses, fishing and his dog, Shorty.
He was a very kind-hearted man with a sense of humor.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP â€” If you didn't grow up as a family member of someone who was in The National Guard, chances are there's a little bit of confusion as to what exactly the role these individuals who serve might play.
In college, I had some Guard friends, and I always sort of saw them as part soldier, part civilian. But earlier this month, I had the opportunity to take part in a Boss Lift program held at the training grounds for The Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, and it was there that I learned there is much more to it than that.
Friday, the Punxsutawney Christian School Class of 2013 celebrated its graduation, and seven graduates received their diplomas.
Speaking at the event was Michele Huey, founder of the board of directors and author.
Pictured are graduates (front, from left) Taylor Davidson, Victoria Kunselman, Lauren Stankewich; (back row) Nicholas Venturini, Justin Felgar, Caleb Dinger (valedictorian) and John Sproull (salutatorian).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After 14 years and a month, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce will be under new leadership, as Marlene Lellock will be taking her talents to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center as its new executive director.
To read about Lellock's accomplishments during her 14-year career with the Chamber and her plans for her new position, pick up Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, The Spirit offices are closed today, and there is no paper.
Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday, May 27, and will begin around 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Avenue in Punxsy.
The service will be held at Barclay Square following the parade, at about 11 a.m.
Rev. Richard C. Sharp, 79, of Boiling Springs, S.C., went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 18, 2013.
A native of Aiken County, S.C., he was the loving husband of Esta K. Sharp and the son of the late William A. Sharp and Bessie Jones Sharp.
He obtained a bachelorâ€™s degree as a physicianâ€™s assistant in the United States Air Force and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after serving 22 years.
He then obtained his masterâ€™s degree in Divinity with Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, N.C.
Want to see more photos from PAHS 2013 Class Night? Just visit our online photo gallery.