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July 30th, 2014

Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus, 76

July 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, OHIO: Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. That simple principle became Richard Titus’ life compass as he honorably served his family, his country and his Marine Corps.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus passed away Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, in OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield (Ohio) Hospital. He was 76.

Born Richard Allen Titus on July 11, 1938, in Kane, to Gregg and Margaret (Miller) Titus, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1956.

Irene (Cukanna) Smee, 92

July 30, 2014

Irene (Cukanna) Smee, 92, of Harrisburg, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born May 22, 1922, in Punxsutawney; the daughter of Frank and Rose (Hvavka) Cukanna.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Smee Jr; her son, Joseph Richard Smee of Blue Bell, Pa.; her daughter, Judy Jacobs of Orlando, Florida; six grandsons, Jason Smee, Christopher Smee, Joshua Smee, Ryan Jacobs, Bradley Jacobs and Matt Jacobs; and her sister, Sue Morris of Sykesville.

Janet A. Schiafone, 73

July 30, 2014

Janet A. Schiafone, 73, of Euclid Ave. Brookville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The daughter of William Hart Commons and Elizabeth Taylor Commons, Janet was born on Oct. 14, 1940, in Barnesboro, Pa.

On May 20, 2000, she married William Joseph Schiafone Sr., who survives, in Brookville.

She worked as a custodian for the Brookville Area School District for more than 25 years.

Dominick G. “Mickey” Bettino, 86

July 30, 2014

Dominick G. “Mickey” Bettino, 86, of Niagara Falls, New York, died on July 30, 2014.

Beloved husband of the late Rosemary (nee Yenzi) Bettino; devoted father of Annemarie C. Bettino, Thomas D. (Karen) Bettino and Yvonne (John) Adams; loving son of the late Dominick and Antoinette (nee Cicero) Bettino; dear brother of the late Albert Bettino, Stanley Bettino, Christine LaSalle, Lee Bettino, Michelina "Kelly" Reele, Ambrose Bettino, Giovanni Bettino and John Bettino; Dominick is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

July 29th

Preliminary hearing waived in Saldana case

July 29, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday's preliminary hearing for Lisa M. Saldana, 51, of Wayne Road in Punxsutawney, which was scheduled for 1:30 p.m., was waived, and jury selection has been scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015.

Saldana was arrested in the early morning hours of May 7, 2014, at her residence and was arraigned by District Judge Douglas Chambers, with bond being set at $5,000,000 straight cash.

She remains incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail, with bail remaining at the same amount.

75th anniversary of SS.C.D. Lawn Festival kicks off on Friday

July 29, 2014

It takes all sorts of volunteers to set up the SS.C.D. Lawn Festival, and on Tuesday, those volunteers started their task of preparing for the event.

These youngsters were in charge of hauling some of the heavier items up to the lawn from the basement.

The festival kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday night.

For the full schedule, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

FEMCO Machine Company turns fifty!

July 29, 2014

FEMCO Machine Company and its employees celebrated the company’s 50th birthday with a luncheon held on Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

Pictured are members of the Amundson family, who returned to participate in the celebration: (from left) Eric and Vickie Amundson; May Ann Amundson, wife of the late Frankie Amundon Jr.; and Joe Parente, a FEMCO employee for 42 of the 50 years they've been in business.

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

Jacqueline “Jacki” Young, 69

July 29, 2014

Jacqueline “Jacki” Young, 69, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home.

She was born April 1, 1945, in New Castle, England, a daughter of David L. and Gladys (Foster) Grove.

On June 28, 1986, in St. Louis, she married Robert E. Young, who survives.

She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Walston.

She enjoyed traveling, church, hiking, camping and her family.

She retired as a senior sales representative for CNA Insurance Co. She then went on to become a real estate agent.

July 28th

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA MARKING 95TH YEAR

July 28, 2014

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.

Library fundraiser off to a ‘hot’ start

July 28, 2014

Day number one is in the books for "Hot Dog Days," a fundraiser for the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, at Fezell's County Market in the Groundhog Plaza.

Taking a turn at serving up "the dogs" on Monday afternoon were some of the administrators from the Punxsutawney Area School District.

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