July 24th, 2014
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Kelly Skarbek.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ 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.
Punxsy Hometown Pharmacy this week paid out $325,000 to a Cash 5 winner from Punxsy.
Pictured by the lottery terminal are (from left) Savanna Hallman; Sue Hetrick; Monica Weaver, front manager; and Nick Kernich, pharmacist at Hometown.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
It was the perfect night for some good, hometown country music, as 7 Mile Run took the stage Thursday evening for Music in the Park, held at Barclay Square.
Though the band had some technical difficulties, members still made the crowd roar as they headed to the middle of the square and performed among the attendees.
Nancy Jeane Lazorchak, 54, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.
She was born March 30, 1960, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Joseph and Lola Jeane (Ritzie) Lazorcak.
She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1978 and then went on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated in 1982 with a BA in Special Education.
She worked as a learning support teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District since 1983.
Donald E. Snyder, 75, of Summerville, Pa., died on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Brookville Hospital.
Born July 24, 1938, in Ashland Township, Clarion County, he was the son of the late Amos Stewart Snyder and Esther Jane Showers Snyder.
Donald obtained his GED and later completed a machinist course at Williamsport Community College.
Donald was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force until his discharge in 1960.
On June 25, 1960, Donald was married to Patricia M. Wyse in Summerville.
Donald was a lifelong truck driver.
REYNOLDSVILLE â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident of sexual abuse against children that occurred between 12:04 a.m. and 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police said that the incident occurred as unknown individuals engaged in electronic communication via Twitterâs website, distributing inappropriate pictures to a 14-year-old Reynoldsville female.
Elizabeth J. "Tootie" Henry, 75, of Brookville, died Tuesday July 22, 2014, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Born Oct. 15, 1938, in Kissinger Mills, Clarion County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Wesley Rayburn Mathers and Jean Louise Slagle Mathers.
Elizabeth was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School. On Aug. 30, 1958, she was married to M. Alan Henry in New Bethlehem. She worked as a secretary until she retired in 2002. Elizabeth was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Brookville. She enjoyed singing, being with family and her church.
BIG RUN â Big Run Borough Council planted a new ordinance in the code
book and mowed down an old one at the same time at Monday's meeting.
Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 226, which repealed Ordinance No. 205 for junk.
Nick Lantz, council president, said the new ordinance adds in lawn clippings, grass, sticks and leaves from being placed in the street.
"If these items are not removed from the roads after mowing is completed, there are fines to be assessed from $50 up to $1,000," Lantz said.
The women of the SS.C.D. Martha and Mary Ministry are hard at work making prayer shawls, comfort pillowcases and cancer caps for shut-ins, those in nursing homes and cancer patients. Pictured (from left) are Pat Verostic, Barbara Cackowski, Mary McSteen, Marianne Hampton, Mary Lou Brown, Mary Grace Simmons and Vickie Snyder.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.