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July 25th, 2014

18-month-old child killed in driveway accident

July 25, 2014

SMICKSBURG — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Friday an accidental death investigation that took place around 4:55 p.m. on Thursday at a private residence located in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

Police were summoned to the residence for a report of an 18-month-old female who had been struck by a vehicle in the driveway of the residence.

The report said that the investigation revealed that the child had crawled under the vehicle while the family was unloading tools.

Relay For Life: A year-round event

July 25, 2014

As a part of the event's opening ceremonies, the winners of the Paint The Town Purple event — a new addition to Relay For Life this year that asked businesses to deck their sites out in honor of the fight against cancer — were honored.

Paint The Town Purple is just one of many ways folks can get involved with the year-round Relay activities.

Tonjia Renee Testut, 35

July 25, 2014

Tonjia Renee Testut, 35, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born July 2, 1979, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Alexander and Linda (Harmon) Testut.

She was a nurse.

She is survived by her fiancé, Darryl Asburay; three sons, Jacob Asburay, Zachary Asburay and Tyler Asburay, all of Punxsutawney; and by two brothers, Richard Testut and wife Annette, and Dan Testut and wife Toni.

Joseph Dynako, 87

July 25, 2014

Joseph Dynako, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Penn Highlands Brookville.

He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in NuMine, a son of the late John and Josephine (Zak) Dynako.

On May 1, 1948, he married Irene D. “Renie” (Sovich) Dynako, who preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1995.

He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II.

Joseph was the owner and operator of Television Service Center in Punxsutawney.

PAHS parking tags

July 25, 2014

Parking tags for the 2014-15 school year will be given out on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 a.m. in the high school office.

You can stop by Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up a registration form that can be completed and ready for distribution of tags on Aug. 7.

The following information will be needed: plate number, license number and who the vehicle is registered under.

July 24th

Familiar Faces Friday!

July 24, 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 Skarbek.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Kelly Skarbek is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a speech therapist who works in the Punxsutawney Area School District with children who have special needs. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Jackpot! Winning lotto ticket sold in Punxsy

July 24, 2014

Punxsy Hometown Pharmacy this week paid out $325,000 to a Cash 5 winner from Punxsy.

Pictured by the lottery terminal are (from left) Savanna Hallman; Sue Hetrick; Monica Weaver, front manager; and Nick Kernich, pharmacist at Hometown.

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

Latest gig ‘runs’ through Barclay Square

July 24, 2014

It was the perfect night for some good, hometown country music, as 7 Mile Run took the stage Thursday evening for Music in the Park, held at Barclay Square.

Though the band had some technical difficulties, members still made the crowd roar as they headed to the middle of the square and performed among the attendees.

Nancy Jeane Lazorchak, 54

July 24, 2014

Nancy Jeane Lazorchak, 54, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, surrounded by friends and family.

She was born March 30, 1960, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Joseph and Lola Jeane (Ritzie) Lazorcak.

She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1978 and then went on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated in 1982 with a BA in Special Education.

She worked as a learning support teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District since 1983.

Donald E. Snyder, 75

July 24, 2014

Donald E. Snyder, 75, of Summerville, Pa., died on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Brookville Hospital.

Born July 24, 1938, in Ashland Township, Clarion County, he was the son of the late Amos Stewart Snyder and Esther Jane Showers Snyder.

Donald obtained his GED and later completed a machinist course at Williamsport Community College.

Donald was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force until his discharge in 1960.

On June 25, 1960, Donald was married to Patricia M. Wyse in Summerville.

Donald was a lifelong truck driver.

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