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This year's Run/Walk for Someone Special to be a tribute to a man who loved the event

March 25, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — There is a saying that each one of us has a purpose here on this earth, and even though one local man may no longer be with us, his life is being remembered by those who were near and dear to him.

A man whose life touched others and who gladly helped those in need, John Orsich was very passionate about the Run or Walk for Someone Special.

This year, Run or Walk celebrates its 36th event, but it won't just be an ordinary run or walk. It will be one held in memory of a very special man.

For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy gets its new police chief; Chenoga retains presidency

March 24, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council, despite a controversial meeting that at one point called for a reorganization of council, hired a new police chief at a special meeting held on Tuesday in council chambers, with an overflow crowd on-hand.

James Borza, of Benezette, Pennsylvania, was hired as the new borough police chief following a public comment section period during which many people spoke in favor of hiring a candidate, Matt Conrad, who already works for the department.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes in French Alps With 150 People Onboard

March 24, 2015

Youngsters experiment with science at PAHS

March 24, 2015

On Monday evening, Punxsutawney elementary school students learned all about science at the 11th Annual Evening of Science/Elementary Science Night. This year’s theme was The Luck of The Scientist. High school science teachers Lori Burkett and Jen Weible, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade Science Club advisors; Ryan Hayden, 8th- and 9th-grade Science Club advisor; teacher Paige Zinzella; and members of the clubs taught elementary students all about science. Students went to a variety of different stations where they learned different things about science with hands-on activities.

Annual Peeper Banquet features Van Steenberg as speaker; Welsh receives Citizen of the Year honors

March 23, 2015

BIG RUN — It may seem as though the harsh winter that we've endured for the past few months will never go away. However, spring is indeed here, and even though the Big Run peeper frogs have yet to peep, citizens of Big Run and the surrounding areas came out for the 23rd annual Big Run Spring Peeper Banquet.

The banquet was held Sunday night at the Big Run War Memorial building, with Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh hosting the event.

Read the full in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

March 20, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: A Kid-Friendly 'Good Morning' Juice

Chef Curtis Stone makes a delicious juice your kids will love.

Annual Run or Walk for Someone Special quickly approaching

March 19, 2015

SYKESVILLE — It's once again time for the annual Run or Walk for Someone Special event, and this year marks the 36th year.

This year, the Run or Walk is being held in memory of John Orsich, the primary collector for 30 years, who sadly passed away this past year.

"This is a huge loss for our organization, and we are hoping to have a nice turnout in John's memory," said Erin Cameron, co-chair of Run or Walk for Someone Special.

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

Spirit Reporter Destiny Pifer reflects on the role of women in Punxsy’s history

March 18, 2015

This photo, pulled from the pages of the Wednesday evening, December 2, 1908, edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit (via accesspa.org's online archive) shows "Miss Mary" Wilson, a much-beloved teacher who was one of many women playing a role in the history of Punxsutawney.

For a full story on some of the women who have shaped Punxsutawney's history, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Two charged in separate narcotics investigations

March 17, 2015

BROOKVILLE — On Tuesday, two separate arrests were announced in regard to a pair of narcotics investigations that took place in the Brookville area.

Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident that occurred on Sunday, when the Brookville Borough Police Department made a traffic stop on Timothy J. Kramer, 35, Brookville, on South White Street. During the course of the stop, the report said that the officer observed several items that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Annual Rotary auction set for Saturday

March 17, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This weekend, radio listeners will have the chance to bid on a variety of different items, as the annual Punxsutawney Rotary Club Auction kicks off this Saturday, March 21, going on-air at 8:50 a.m.

The first segment will begin at 9:05 a.m., with 15 minute segments running continuously through noon. After a 25-minute break, the auction will begin again at 12:25 p.m. and will wrap up shortly before 6 p.m.

PSP: Knox Dale woman charged with homicide in shooting

March 16, 2015

KNOX DALE — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Monday afternoon that a Knox Dale woman had been charged with criminal homicide in relation to an incident that took place between the hours of 10:40 and 11:52 p.m. on Sunday at a residence located on Markton Road in Knox Township.

Police said that at approximately 11:52 p.m. on Sunday, Trista E. Zickefoose, 31, Knox Dale, contacted 911 to report that she had just shot Gregory M. Zickefoose, 40, of Knox Dale, whom she had mistaken for an intruder in her home.

What is Happening in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas

March 16, 2015

The following meetings and events will be happening this week in Punxsutawney and the surrounding areas:
• Monday—Sykesville Borough Council 7 p.m., Big Run Borough Council 7 p.m.
• Saturday—Punxsutawney Rotary Club's Annual Auction 8:50 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.

In wake of recent tragedy, firefighter course puts spotlight on safety

March 15, 2015

BELL TOWNSHIP — In the wake of the death of Lawrence Township Volunteer Firefighter Jeffrey Buck Jr., safety is even more in the forefront at fire scenes.

Safety is nothing new when it comes to fighting fires or performing rescues at accident scenes.

Throughout the last few weeks, a large group of area firefighters have been learning the essentials of their craft from the ground up in the "Essentials of Firefighting" course, which is taught by William Startzell of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company at the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company hall on Elk Run Avenue in Punxsutawney.

Local first responders among those who make the trek to pay tribute to fallen brother

March 14, 2015

HYDE CITY — Mayday is the international call of distress, the call that no fire company wants to hear. Sadly, it was one heard on March 3 in Lawrence Township when the young 18-year-old firefighter Jeffrey Buck Jr. sustained injuries when a porch roof collapsed on him while he was fighting a fire. On Monday, Buck succumbed to the injuries he had suffered in that March 3 fire.

A memorial service in his honor was held on Friday at Clearfield Area High School, as first responders from great distances came to honor the young man.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Listen To The New Song From Disney's 'Frozen Fever'

March 13, 2015

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