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October 13th, 2014

Paul M. Strong, 91

October 13, 2014

Paul M. Strong, 91, of Meadow Road, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Wellington Heights.

Mr. Strong was born May 7, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Lillian C. (Anderson) Strong.

On April 28, 2012, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jane (Hicks) Strong. They were married on August 21, 1947.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

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October 13, 2014

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October 12th

Parkview Elementary students learn all about fire safety

October 12, 2014

ANITA — No one likes to think that their home may catch on fire, but it is something that is more common than many realize.

Friday morning, the students at Parkview Elementary learned about fire safety at the Fire and Prevention program, hosted by the McCalmont Township Fire Department in Anita. Assistant Fire Chief Critter Porada taught the students some fire safety techniques and talked about what they should do if there is ever a fire.

October 10th

Charles Allen McGee, 89

October 10, 2014

Charles Allen McGee, 89, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at sunrise at Ivy Ridge in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Mr. McGee was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Warren, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ethel Mundorf McGee of Punxsutawney.

Mr. McGee was a retired pipefitter.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Giffin McGee; sons Charles McGee, Jr. and wife Janet, Tom McGee and wife Claudette, Tim McGee and wife Karen and Mike McGee and wife Nancy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Richard James Covatch, 80

October 10, 2014

Richard James Covatch, 80, of Punxsutawney, died on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at UPMC-Montefiore Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

He was born April 21, 1934, in Rossiter, the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.

He was married for 50 years to Mary Louise (Maddox) Covatch, who preceded him in death on July 27, 2008.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He was a laborer in the construction industry for many years.

Groundhog Club hosts Open House; Guests get a look into Inner Circle workings

October 10, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On Thursday evening, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club opened its doors to the public for an open house. Katie Donald, executive director, said that this open house was being put on as a "thank you to the community for its support with Groundhog Day."

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

Chucks win thriller over Dutch

October 10, 2014

Punxsy earned a thrilling win in comeback fashion on Friday night on the road over the St. Marys Flying Dutch.

For a full recap from the game, pick up Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.

Other teams in action today for PAHS include:

• Boys' Soccer (Home) vs. Clarion-Limestone, 11 a.m.

• Volleyball at Kane Tournament

• JV Volleyball at ECC Tournament

October 9th

Jacqueline F. Kriner, 87

October 9, 2014

Jacqueline F. Kriner, 87, of Wishaw Road in Reynoldsville, died at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

Born on July 26, 1927 in Porter, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George I. Fordoski and Letha L. Freedline Fordoski.

On June 12, 1943, she married Chester B. Kriner, who preceded her in death on March 19, 2002.

Grace M. Courtwright Filer, 101

October 9, 2014

Grace M. Courtwright Filer, 101, of Indiana, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Communities of Indian Haven.

She was born in 1913 in Rossiter, to Armour J. and Carrie Pearce McFarland.

Mrs. Filer was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Indiana, where she was active with the Golden Heirs Senior Group, the Alliance Women and served as a Sunday School teacher and Deaconess.

Masonic Lodge donates to local food pantries

October 9, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Four Punxsutawney area food pantries received a donation from the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Punxsutawney on Tuesday, prior to the organization’s meeting.

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