August 8th, 2014
Saints Cosmas & Damian Church recently presented the grand prize winners of its annual summer Lawn Festival raffle â Pete and Jennifer Renne â with their prize.
Festival Chairman Frank Hetrick (left) and pastor Monsignor Joseph Riccardo (right), are pictured here presenting the check to the Rennes.
Members of The Banned, Samantha Sears (left) and Jared Thomas play for the crowd gathered Thursday night at Music in the Park in Barclay Square.
The duo played many popular acoustic rock songs to a head-swaying crowd.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will be hitting the road once again, as they are going to hold a boot drive on Saturday to benefit three local non-profit organizations.
To find out how you can help, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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.
Todayâs familiar face is Lynne Stello.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Lynne Stello is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a teacherâs aide for the Life Skills class at Punxsutawney Area High School. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Dennis Lee Minich, 57, of Reynoldsville, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a short illness.
He was born May 31, 1957, in Kittanning, a son of the late George Walter Minich and Marie (Shepler) Minich.
She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.
Dennis was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School in New Bethlehem, Pa.
On Aug. 23, 1980, he married the former Cheryl Ann Watkins. She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.
Walter Ray Smith, 81, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home with his family.
He was born July 15, 1933, in Grange, a son of the late Coy McCoulter Smith, Sr. and Velda Jane (Whitesell) Smith.
He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
On Dec. 8, 1956, he married the former Mary Irene McKee. She survives and resides in Hamilton.
Walter worked as a laborer at Jefferson Machine until his retirement. He was also a caretaker for Deemer brothers.
Music in the Park continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight with The Banned. The band leader, Samantha Sears, is a Punxsy native, and sheâs accompanied by Jared Thomas. They will be playing a set with a blended acoustic rock sound.
Neighbors reported seeing smoke coming from a house at 182 Cherry St., Punxsutawney, at 6:06 a.m. When Punxsutawney firefighters arrived on scene there was heavy smoke and flames showing.