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Familiar Faces Friday!

August 28, 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 Joe Buterbaugh.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

BIG RUN — Joe Buterbaugh is a familiar face. He is best known as the mayor of Big Run, a position he has held for 32 years. Or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community, where he is known to many as “The Candyman.”

Todd "Ghost in the Head" Johnson brings Punxsutawney's native past back to life

August 28, 2014

Punxsutawney — Tuesday evening was an illuminative one at the Lattimer House of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.

The event was called "Native American Lifeways," and the speaker was Todd "Ghost in the Head" Johnson.

His presentation was very intriguing, because it covered Native American life here in Punxsy and other places in the Eastern Woodlands area.

For the full story on Ghost's presentation, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 swears in its new officers

August 28, 2014

Recently, the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 elected its officers for the year. Pictured are the Legion members (front, from left): George Senott, John Shaffer, Earl Clontz, Chris Kough, Gordon Shaffer, Bob Conlow, Art Woods; (middle row) John Mack, Duane Miller, Don Senott, Bob Grove, Shawn Guidish, Bill Ferko; (back row) Dick Magolis, Carl Vendetta, Frank Johns, Mike Berringer, John Woods and Dick Bubb. Missing from the photo are Robert Deahl, John Urchuck, Kerrick McMillan, Chris Johns, Joe Fleming, Frank Pierce, Ben Gibson, Frank Guidish and Jim Dunlap.

Fire Department gets boost from local group!

August 27, 2014

Our small town is blessed with a number of charitable groups that raise funds for other local organizations that need them.

Punxsy district is back to school!

August 26, 2014

It was back to “teachers’ dirty looks” — though the teachers in our district don’t have any dirty looks! — on Tuesday, as most area students returned to class following summer vacation.

Students from West End Elementary School are pictured boarding the bus on their way home.

For more photos, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Library welcomes new director

August 26, 2014

Jessica Lasher, the new Punxsutawney Memorial Library director, is pictured in the library’s upper loft.

Read all about Lasher in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Busy afternoon for local emergency responders

August 25, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle coal truck accident on Route 119, Young Township, sent one of the drivers to the hospital and closed the road for more than three hours on Monday afternoon, leading to a major traffic tie-up.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit, and see more photos in our Photo Gallery http://www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/gallery

Summer (vacation) is over!

August 25, 2014

The students of SS.C.D. officially bid farewell to summer, as they went back to school on Monday.

Pictured are some of the students heading home after a long but eventful first day.

Tuesday, students in the Punxsutawney Area School District will begin classes.

PAHS homeroom assignments

August 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area High School has announced the following homeroom assignments for the 2014-15 school year:

Seniors:
• 111, Mrs. Green, A-Cam;
• 114, Mr. Young, Car-Fen;
• 115, Mrs. Pack, Fer-Hi;
• 120, Mrs. Williams, Ho-Ma;
• 122, Mrs. Cesario, Mc-P;
• 124, Mr. Hockenberry, R-Sta;
• 126, Mrs. Weaver, Ste-Z.

Juniors:
• 130, Mr. Long, A-Coo;
• 131, Mrs. Lainey, Cou-G;
• 132, Mrs. Burkett, H-Li;
• 133, Mr. Eddy, Lo-Pa;
• 134, Mrs. Smith, Pe-Ste;
• 241, Mrs. Young, Sti-Z.

Sophomores:
• 224, Mr. Ambler, A-Ce;
• 225, Ms. Miller, Co-F;

Route 119 Travel Advisory

August 25, 2014

PennDOT announced at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Monday that Route 119 is closed in both directions in Young Township, Jefferson County, between Yates Road and Cunningham Road due to a crash involving two coal trucks. It has been reported that diesel fuel and coal debris are on the road.

The road is expected to reopen later today.

County avoids major damage in Thursday storm

August 24, 2014

According to Jefferson Co. Emergency Services, there were no funnel clouds that touched down in the county during Thursday's storms.

Pictured is a cloud formation near the East End of Punxsutawney that attempted to form funnel clouds with rotation, but to no avail.

Read the full story in Monday's Spirit.

DIAMOND RIO CLOSES COMMUNITY DAYS

August 24, 2014

Popular country band Diamond Rio closed out Brookville Community Days 2014 on Saturday with a performance at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds.

The four-day event was sponsored by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company.

Way Back When

August 24, 2014

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
August 29, 1888

Everhart's Trial Postponed

The Trial of John Everhart for complicity in the Lickingville murder, which has been in progress in the Clarion county court for several days, came to an abrupt termination last Saturday when the judge was informed by a physician that one of the jurors was sick.

Guess who's coming for Christmas?

August 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While Punxsutawney is known by many as a small town, you wouldn’t know it to look at the list of musicians who have performed concerts here over the past few years.

Now, five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd will be added to that famed list.

Kane speaks at Clarion University forum on heroin crisis

August 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane gives her presentation about the heroin epidemic in Western PA to the board of The Center for Rural Pennsylvania at a forum held at Clarion University this week.

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

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