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Check out this Eagle Scout's community project

August 21, 2014

Boy Scout Seth Burkett was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Jefferson County Housing Authority Thursday morning for building a bus shelter for the residents of the Beyer Avenue Apartment Complex.

Familiar Faces Friday!

August 21, 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 Kelly Porada.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Kelly Porada is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the artist of a few of the Phantastic Phil statues in town.

Or perhaps you have seen her displaying her creativity throughout the community.

BROOKVILLE COMMUNITY DAYS

August 20, 2014

Brookville Community Days kicked off Wednesday night at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds, and Garrett Ohler had the chance to tour a Brookville Borough Police car.

Community Days is presented by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company and runs through Saturday.

Find out the August Garden of the Month!

August 20, 2014

Filled with tropical flowers, sunflowers, flower cabbage and dragon begonias, Scott Anthony’s garden is a little oasis in the backyard of his Cherry Street home.

It was chosen as the Punxsutawney Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August.

Read all about Anthony's Garden in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.

Ready, aim, fire! Barclay Square cannons refurbished by Eagle Scout Jim Carrier

August 19, 2014

Clear the deck; there's a cannonball coming now that the cannons in Barclay Square have been restored, thanks to Eagle Scout Jim Carrier (second from left) at the suggestion of Punxsutawney Mayor Rich Alexander (far left).

Pictured (from left) are Alexander, Carrier, Nevada Shaffer, Jarod Depp and S. Thomas Curry, Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society member.

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

VFW/Lions flea market an ongoing affair

August 19, 2014

The Punxsutawney Lions and VFW recently held their second annual flea market and craft show, with seven vendors in attendance.

This year, the flea market was held at the Punxsy VFW, across from Joe's Drive In in Punxsutawney.

The Punxsy Lions Club will hold two more flea markets this year, on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact Joe Molitierno at 814-938-9089 or Jim Dunlap at 814-939-0878.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Headed to This Weekend’s Diamond Rio Show

August 18, 2014

This year’s Brookville Community Days, hosted by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company, will wrap up on Saturday with a performance by the band Diamond Rio. Diamond Rio is also a national sponsor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, raising over $1.5 million to aid the cause.

As such, BBBS directors have selected two matches from Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties to attend the concert, where they will get to meet the band members and the kids will receive an autographed Diamond Rio banner.

Punxsy native finds passion in music

August 18, 2014

PAHS grad Dominick DelRosso (above, second from left and right photo) is chasing his musical dreams.

Read all about DelRosso in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

VIDEO: Today in History August 18

August 18, 2014

Highlights of this day in history: Mongol ruler Genghis Khan dies; Women in U.S. clinch right to vote; James Meredith graduates from Univ. of Miss.; Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' published in U.S.; Actor-director Robert Redford born.

Look HOW the weather center's encouraging learning!

August 17, 2014

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center has a new, colorful exhibit that is sure to catch the eye of the youngsters who visit. The Hands On Weather (HOW) backpacks exhibit was put up on Aug. 7 and is already proving to be quite popular with visitors. Pictured here, (from left) Amanda Hornack, director of education and programming, works on weather-related activities that can be found in the backpack with Emma Young, Madison Young and Gage Young.

For more info on the HOW packets, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.

PSP-Punxsy investigating attempted suicide

August 15, 2014

HENDERSON TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported that they are investigating an attempted suicide that took place at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Friday at a residence on Kramer Road in Henderson Township.

Police said the victim — a 60-year-old Reynoldsville man — was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Altoona Hospital for the treatment of his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Local business opens with ribbon cutting

August 15, 2014

It was a long-awaited ribbon cutting, but as of Friday, it's officially in the books.

A group of Punxsutawney citizens, borough officials and legislators helped with the cutting of the ribbon at the Primary Health Network’s new facility, located on Prushnok Drive in Punxsutawney. Pictured is Don Perry, president of the board of directors of Primary Health Network, cutting the ribbon with help from the group members.

For more from the ribbon cutting, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.

PennDOT issues Summervile Bridge closure details

August 15, 2014

Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, the Route 3007 Summerville Bridge will close to traffic between Route 28 and Broad Street to facilitate the bridge replacement project, but will remain open to local traffic. The bridge is expected to reopen Saturday, Aug. 23. All work is weather dependent.

A posted detour will be in place using Route 3022 (Roller Coaster Road) to Route 3003 (Mount Pleasant Road) to Route 28. Work will be done on a 24-hour schedule during the detour.

Man shoots bartender, kills self in Brockport incident

August 14, 2014

HORTON TWP. — A 31-year-old Brockway man opened fire around midnight Thursday outside a Brockport bar before turning the gun on himself.

According to the police report, Eric Carlson, 31, of Brockway became upset with a 20-year-old female bartender at the Brockport Army & Navy Club when she attempted to close the bar. An argument reportedly started between the bartender and Carlson.

And the Music (in the Park) fades for another year...

August 14, 2014

A crowd gathered in Barclay Square on Thursday night to see The SharpTones rock the stage for the final installment of Music in the Park 2014. The SharpTones got the crowd on its feet, while Hannah Craig (bottom photo, left), clad in a poodle skirt and 1950s attire, danced with Aubrey Ott. With the conclusion of the annual program comes a sure sign that autumn is just around the corner.

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