The Punxsutawney Fire Department distributed food baskets and gave donations to eight area food banks on Monday. Scott Depp, Central Fire Department chief, said $8,136.75 was raised during the annual boot drive held Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 and that they distributed baskets to 14 needy families. Pictured working on filling the food baskets at the Central Fire Hall (from left) are Denise and Bill Williams of the Lindsey Fire Company with daughter Angela Edenfield; Charlie Hoeh, president of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; and Scott Fox, Lindsey Fire Company.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you participated in the Christmas ornament collection from the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce last year, then get ready for part two.
Michele Neal, Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said that this year's ornament features a view of the bandstand through a cannon in Barclay Square.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
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Dr. William J. Lynch, 65, of Brookville, formerly of Belle Vernon, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.
He was born April 28, 1949. He was the beloved husband of 42 years to Kathleen M. (Kraus) Lynch; father of Christine (Jason) Hoffman and Jennifer Lynch; and grandfather of Aidan, Rory and Taryn Hoffman.
He is also survived by his mother, Helen C. Lynch.
He was preceded in death by his father, Minor G. Lynch; and brother David M. Lynch, PhD.
Robert T. Milligan Sr., 95, of Valier, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Wellington Heights Personal Care Home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William D. and Irene (Bortz) Milligan.
On Jan. 4, 1941, he married Frances E. Dilts, who preceded him in death.
He was the owner of Milliganâ€™s Store in Valier for 35 years and was also the postmaster for 30 years.
He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church. He was a member of the John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge 534 for over 50 years, where he was a 33rd Degree Mason and was Master of the lodge in 1965.
Marian M. Martin, 82, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Porter, a daughter of the late Blair and Freda (Powell) Gahagan.
On March 25, 1950, she married Vernon C. Martin, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2011.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church and the Trade City Mahoning Grange.
Friday night, the Lady Chucks opened their season with a 40-26 victory over Westmont Hilltop in the Marion Center Tip-Off Tournament. In this photo, Punxsy's Nicole DiPietro (20) rises above the Westmont defense to hit a three-pointer â€” the one that would give Punxsy the lead for good in the third quarter. DiPietro finished with a team-high 10 points in a balanced Lady Chucks attack.
For more on the game, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Today's PAHS sports schedule includes:
â€¢ Varsity Wrestling at Philipsburg Tournament, 10 a.m.
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YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” The First Church of God (FCOG) Youth Christmas Bazaar just gets bigger and better each and every year.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Sandra L. (Coon) Shumaker, 68, of New Bethlehem, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
Born Oct. 31, 1946, in Indiana, Pa., she was the daughter of June (Swab) and Raymond Coon, former residents of Punxsutawney.
She married Larry E. Shumaker on Nov. 30, 1963. He survives. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 30, 2013.