June 4th, 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, 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, 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.
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.
These students may look as if all is â€śbusiness as usual,â€ť 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.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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.
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.
â€śIt's cool to be kind. Be a buddy, not a bully,â€ť Martino said, adding that the third-graders saw an article in their Scholastic News for a "Buddy Bench."
The new lifeguard chairs at the George C. Brown Community Pool were dedicated on Saturday, which was opening day for the pool.
Lisa Switlick, of SPLASH, said Pam Boyer wanted to memorialize her son Philip, a former lifeguard who loved the pool.
She said they've wanted new lifeguard chairs, and the Boyers raised enough money for three new chairs, umbrellas for the chairs and new rescue tubes.
The chairs were dedicated in a ceremony hosted by Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander.
All three Punxsutawney Fire companies responded to a basement fire at 5:43 a.m. Saturday in the basement of a home located at 609 West Mahoning St. in Punxsutawney.
The blaze is under investigation.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.