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July 10th, 2014

Familiar Faces Friday!

July 10, 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 Tom Berryhill.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

After hiatus, Music in the Park returns

July 10, 2014

After a bit of a break for the festivities associated with the Groundhog Festival, Punxsy’s Music in the Park program returned to Barclay Square on Thursday evening.

The weather was perfect, and those in attendance were serenaded by The Avenue, a band that played all sorts of rock classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

Police seek info related to animal cruelty incident, cat's death

July 10, 2014

CANOE TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pa. State Police are searching for information regarding a cruelty to animals case that led to a missing cat being put to sleep.

Sometime between June 28 and July 2, the cat went missing from Central Street in Canoe Township, Indiana County.

July 2, the cat returned to its owner with a noticeable limp, and a hole was discovered near the cat's limb.

Upon further investigation by a veterinarian, it was determined that the cat was shot with a small-caliber firearm.

Due to extensive internal injuries, the cat had to be put to sleep, police said.

Vivian C. (McCullough) Faser, 76

July 10, 2014

Vivian C. (McCullough) Faser, 76, of Blairsville, Pa., died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, Pa.

Vivian was born on Feb. 16, 1938, in Nanty Glo, Pa., the daughter of James McCullough and Olive (Drew) Hetrick.

July 9th

Music in the Park is back tonight!

July 9, 2014

The 2014 edition of music in the park continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight with the local rock band The Avenue. Snacks and drinks will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

Rep. Smith issues statement on award received

July 9, 2014

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania State House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) has issued the following statement upon receiving the “Legislator Leadership Award” from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) on Wednesday.

“I want to convey my sincere appreciation to the PACD for this distinguished award. My interactions with the Jefferson County Conservation District span many decades, and I’ve always been grateful for the open lines of communication and the positive and productive relationships we’ve shared.

Lawrence "Amos" Ray Gaston, 78

July 9, 2014

Lawrence “Amos” Ray Gaston, 78, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 27, 1936, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Boyd Ray and Sarah Henrietta (White) Gaston.

Mr. Gaston was a United States Army veteran who dutifully served his country.

On May 16, 1959, he married the former Gladys Evelyn Milliron. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2014.

Amos was a devoted husband and lovingly cared for his wife during her illness, in spite of his own health issues.

July 8th

Find out what changes are brewing downtown

July 8, 2014

At long last, construction began on Tuesday on the property where the Punxsy Hotel was located on North Findley Street before it was destroyed by fire.

Pictured is a worker from Yates Excavation digging up the dirt and old cement pads to make way for the new sports bar that is to be constructed on that site.

For the full story — including details on when the bar is scheduled to open — pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

It's time for the Jefferson County Fair!

July 8, 2014

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — There’s something for everyone at this year’s Jefferson County Fair, so mark your calendars for July 13-19, and plan to take the whole family out to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, located on SR 28, to enjoy as much as you can.

This year’s fair includes the staples — rides, animals and plenty of food — as well as old favorite events and a couple of brand-new shows and activities. There’s lots going on for kids and adults of all ages.

For the full schedule of events, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Police investigating wreck that sent Punxsy man, 26, to hospital with moderate injuries

July 8, 2014

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident that sent Jacob A. Hazlett, 26, Punxsutawney, to the hospital with moderate injuries and also caused minor injuries to his passenger, Dustin R. Passmore, 25, Valier.

Police said the incident occurred at 12:48 a.m. Monday along Route 3008, No. 8 Road.

Hazlett was traveling east along the road when he allegedly failed to negotiate a sharp, left-hand curve.

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