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June 4th, 2014

Jeff Tech Class of 2014 graduates

June 4, 2014

REYNOLDSVILLE — While other school districts across the area graduated their outgoing seniors, the school that serves students from all of them — Jeff Tech — saw the remainder of the Class of 2014 out during a ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The main commencement address was delivered by Valedictorian Hannah Rummel, an IT Academy Digital Media Technology student.

For full details from the ceremony and from Rummel's speech, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Crews fight North Mahoning Twp. garage/shop fire

June 4, 2014

NORTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A garage machine shop and storage area was completely destroyed in a huge fire that could be seen in the skies of southern Jefferson County and downtown Punxsutawney prior to noon on Wednesday.

Perry Township, Lindsey, Marion Center and Plumville volunteer fire companies responded at 11:09 a.m. Wednesday to the Jared W. Clemmer residence at 2738 Beaver Road, North Mahoning Township, to a reported garage fire, which turned out to be a machine shop that was also used as storage for farm equipment.

For more details, check Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Waving goodbye to the school year

June 4, 2014

On Wednesday, students across the area waved goodbye to the 2013-14 school year and welcomed summer vacation. Pictured above are Parkview Elementary Students waving as they leave school for the last time in the next few months. Pictured below are the teachers and staff members, who greeted the buses on their way around the building to wave goodbye to their students one last time this year.

Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg

June 4, 2014

Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.

She was born June 29, 1923, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Larue (Cassiday) Rhoads.

She was married to Oscar Dee Shaum, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2009.

She was a member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church.

She was a former employee of Stewarts Drug Store.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Jordan of Oliveburg, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Raymond E. Raybuck, 75

June 4, 2014

Raymond E. Raybuck, 75, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Indiana, Pa., quietly passed away on May 4, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia and COPD.

He was born June 21, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Paul H. and Helen Mary (Sadler) Raybuck.

His mother survives and resides at the DuBois Village.

On Sept. 7, 1979, he married the former Deborah A. Vennard in Homer City. She survives.

Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers for 11-1/2 years, serving three tours in Vietnam.

He was a member of the First Army Pistol Team, where he won several awards.

June 3rd

Walk this way: Directional signs, crosswalk painting among issues discussed by Public Safety Committee

June 3, 2014

Punxsutawney Public Works employee Jim Phillips (right) is pictured painting crosswalks on Pine Street on Monday with assistance from Ken Bishop.

Not pictured is a third crew member, Bill Shiock.

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

(SS.C.D.) school’s out for summer

June 3, 2014

These students may look as if all is “business as usual,” but it was the last day of school for those at SS.C.D. on Tuesday, as they said farewell to the school year and hello to summer vacation.

June 2nd

PAHS Class of 2014 photos

June 2, 2014

Parents,

We have photos of nearly every single graduate from Friday's graduation ceremony. If you're interested in having your own prints, call The Spirit at 938-8740.

Story voices concerns over traffic-light-to-be associated with new Margiotti Bridge

June 2, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney Borough Council member spoke out against a proposed traffic light for the five points intersection at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.

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

West End students dedicate Buddy Bench, take the Buddy Pledge

June 2, 2014

The West End Elementary School PTO recently unveiled the "Buddy Bench," which was purchased by the third-grade classes and the West End PTO.

Rose Martino said the Buddy Bench is a place for students to sit when they are lonely and are looking for a friend to play with.

If a student sees a friend sitting on the bench, he or she is encouraged to go over and invite the friend to play.

“It's cool to be kind. Be a buddy, not a bully,” Martino said, adding that the third-graders saw an article in their Scholastic News for a "Buddy Bench."

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