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August 10th, 2014

William Caliguire, 86

August 10, 2014

William Caliguire, 86, Punxsutawney, died on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

August 8th

DeLeon hopes to steer kids straight with his message

August 8, 2014

The Community Heroin Epidemic Awareness and Prevention Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday night at the First Church of God, Skyview Drive, Punxsutawney.

Michael DeLeon, director of the documentary film "Kids Are Dying," will be the guest speaker.

Admission is free and refreshments are available. All teens and parents are welcome.

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

PAHGS hosting History Day Camp for kiddos; will educate on Punxsy’s Native American heritage

August 8, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the start of school sneaking closer and closer, the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (PAHGS) will be holding a History Day Camp titled "Out Of The Woodlands:

Punxsutawney's Native Heritage" from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 11-15, to show kids how exciting and fun history can be.

The camp will give kids ages 6 and up a chance to learn about the Native American heritage of Punxsutawney and do a variety of activities.

For details, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Two Brookville men arrested in assaults

August 8, 2014

BROOKVILLE — Two Brookville men were arrested over the past week in separate assault incidents.

Donald Guy Shaffer, 64, was charged with aggravated assault Aug. 7, after allegedly assaulting a women with a baseball bat, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).

Another Brookville man, age 52, is accused of allegedly trying to bite an officer, kicking another officer and making terroristic threats toward law enforcement, according to Brookville Borough Police. His name was not released.

For the full story, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

SS.C.D. Lawn Festival grand prize winners receive their prize

August 8, 2014

Saints Cosmas & Damian Church recently presented the grand prize winners of its annual summer Lawn Festival raffle — Pete and Jennifer Renne — with their prize.

Festival Chairman Frank Hetrick (left) and pastor Monsignor Joseph Riccardo (right), are pictured here presenting the check to the Rennes.

August 7th

Music in the park: Hangin’ with The Banned

August 7, 2014

Members of The Banned, Samantha Sears (left) and Jared Thomas play for the crowd gathered Thursday night at Music in the Park in Barclay Square.

The duo played many popular acoustic rock songs to a head-swaying crowd.

Weekend boot drive to benefit numerous local causes

August 7, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will be hitting the road once again, as they are going to hold a boot drive on Saturday to benefit three local non-profit organizations.

To find out how you can help, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday!

August 7, 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 Lynne Stello.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Lynne Stello is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a teacher’s aide for the Life Skills class at Punxsutawney Area High School. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Dennis Lee Minich, 57

August 7, 2014

Dennis Lee Minich, 57, of Reynoldsville, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a short illness.

He was born May 31, 1957, in Kittanning, a son of the late George Walter Minich and Marie (Shepler) Minich.

She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.

Dennis was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa.

On Aug. 23, 1980, he married the former Cheryl Ann Watkins. She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.

Walter Ray Smith, 81

August 7, 2014

Walter Ray Smith, 81, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born July 15, 1933, in Grange, a son of the late Coy McCoulter Smith, Sr. and Velda Jane (Whitesell) Smith.

He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.

On Dec. 8, 1956, he married the former Mary Irene McKee. She survives and resides in Hamilton.

Walter worked as a laborer at Jefferson Machine until his retirement. He was also a caretaker for Deemer brothers.

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