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June 29th, 2014

Punxsy Fire Department 2014 Old Home Week Firefighter’s Parade

June 29, 2014

2014 OLD HOME WEEK PARADE WINNERS

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mahoning Street was packed Saturday afternoon for the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s 2014 Old Home Week Firefighter’s Parade, an annual tradition in town.

The parade was a success, and here are the winners:

FLOATS, PERFORMANCES
• High School Bands: 1st place, West Branch; 2nd place, Marion Center.

• Senior Baton: 1st place, Firettes.

• Junior Baton: 1st place, Firettes; 2nd place, Commodorettes.

• Junior Drill: 1st place, Cheer Force; 2nd place, KLA.

Red Cross, Music Saves Lives blood drive set for Tuesday in Rossiter

June 29, 2014

ROSSITER — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
More than 41,000 donations are needed every day.

To help the American Red Cross reach their goal, two friends are teaming up to unite music lovers and anyone wanting to make a difference.

On Tuesday, July 1, in conjunction with Music Saves Lives, the American Red Cross will host a blood drive for the Rossiter community.

Those who donate will get a unique incentive.

2014 GROUNDHOG FESTIVAL - Monday's schedule

June 29, 2014

Groundhog Festival Schedule of events

MONDAY, JUNE 30
• 10 a.m.-Noon – Children’s activities (ages 6-12) at the Lattimer House. This year’s theme is “Native America.” Sponsored by Punxsutawney Historical Society.

• 10:30-11 a.m. – Registration for Diaper Derby (Crawling Babies) and for Tot Trot (12-18 months on padded course) Sponsored by: Adagio Health/GFC and Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

• 11-11:30 a.m. – Diaper Derby Race followed by the Tot Trot Race.

• 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Dennie Huber, Balloons. Co-Sponsored by Indiana First Bank

•12:30-1 p.m. – Airborne Jugglers

June 27th

Boddorf, Burke and Johnson will help make up Penn State DuBois Cross Country Team

June 27, 2014

DuBOIS – A roster of five runners will make up the Penn State DuBois Men's and Women's Cross Country Team this year.
Runners are currently training for the fall season. Team members include Juliann Boddorf, Matthew Burke and Tamera Anthony, all from Punxsutawney; Micah Shaffer of DuBois, and Austin Hawkins of Philadelphia.
The team members bring a wide variety of athletic experiences and accomplishments to the table.

Full schedule to get Groundhog Festival rolling on Sunday

June 27, 2014

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Brenda Mishler

2-3 p.m. — 3-4-1

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Pearls to Pigs

All afternoon gospel music sponsored by Miller Brothers Furniture

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Glory Way Quartet, Gospel

8-9 p.m. – Glory Way Quartet (2nd Show)

Week-Long Events
Food Vendors in Barclay Square; Arts and Crafts Vendors; Sponsor Vendors; Bring Lawn Chairs, No Seating Available; Rides and Games Provided by Fun Zone, 1 to 4 and 5 to 9 p.m. (Tentative schedule, subject to change); Bake Sales by Various Churches and Organizations; REACT First-Aid Booth

Bach’s presentation informs local residents, asks ‘Are You Getting What You Paid For?’

June 27, 2014

Wednesday afternoon, the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) welcomed a visit from Mary Bach, a consumer advocate who has gained national fame for her crusade for consumer rights.

The program "Are You Getting What You Paid For?" was held at the Jefferson Street Social Hall.

Pictured (from left) are Charlotte Fye, general coordinator; Bach; and Tom Curry, president of PASR.

To read Bach's tips, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Old Home Week Parade set for 4 p.m Saturday

June 27, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Now that summer is officially here, it's time for the annual Punxsutawney Fire Department Old Home Week Parade, scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Punxsutawney.

Mahoning Street will be shut down at approximately 3:15 p.m., with the parade moving out at 4 p.m.

Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said he was sorry to

Margie E. Liptak, 88

June 27, 2014

Margie E. Liptak, 88, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown after a lengthy illness.

Margie was born in Walston, Pa., (Jefferson County) on March 16, 1926, to Steve and Anna (Fairman) Farcus.

Upon graduating from Saints Cosmas and Damian High School in Punxsutawney, Margie worked in the grocery business, eventually
becoming manager of stores in Punxsutawney and St. Marys.

Later, she joined Pure Carbon in St. Marys, where she worked until retirement in 1991.

Margie married George L. Liptak in June 1957, and the couple resided in Byrnedale.

June 26th

2014 Spring Sports Outstanding Athletes Named

June 26, 2014

You voted, and we tallied! The 2014 Outstanding Spring Sports Athletes are Alyssa Reitz and Dakota Thomas. Reitz won with a total of 329 votes, and finished her softball season with the Chucks holding a .364 batting average and boasting 16 hits, eight RBI and 11 runs scored. Dakota Thomas received an impressive 457 votes, and ended his high school baseball season with a .386 batting average, 17 hits, seven RBI and nine runs scored. Congratulations to both of these athletes on all their achievements, and a special thanks to everyone who submitted votes.

Familiar Faces Friday!

June 26, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Brenda Scarantine.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

ANITA — Brenda Scarantine is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the treasurer for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 62 who recently helped her organization sell poppies. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

BANKS TOWNSHIP — A Rossiter woman and an Arcadia man were arrested and charged with multiple counts of burglary and...
Sunday evening's weather included pounding rain, thunderstorms and even a brief tornado warning for Jefferson County....
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past...
After fighting their way back through the bracket to the championships, Punxsy’s Minor League...
On Tuesday, the Punxsy Major League Baseball All-Stars traveled to Brookville for the second...
In what was their second meeting of the All-Star season, the 2014 Punxsutawney Minor League...

 

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