February 28th, 2014
On Friday evening, the members of the Punxsy Chucks boysâ basketball team took to the hardwood of Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University for the District IX title game as the favorites over the Clearfield Bison.
Clearfield kept things interesting in the first half, but a strong second-half effort by the Chucks put things away, as they cruised to a 54-35 win to earn the title of District IX Champions. Members of the team and coaching staff are pictured here after the game with their medals and team trophy.
FALLS CREEK â Miller Brothers Furniture in Falls Creek recently opened a new collection of furniture and home decor products belonging to the angelo:HOME line designed by Angelo Surmelis, and as part of the grand opening, Surmelis himself stopped by the store to meet with guests.
Surmelis is a celebrity designer known for starring in HGTV's "Rate My Space with Angelo Surmelis" and "24 Hour Design," as well as TLC's "Clean Sweep."
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Editor's Note: Please see the updated version of this story.
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DAYTON âÂ Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old Dayton teen.
Daniel Frank Jablonski was last seen Tuesday in the Punxsutawney Borough.
Jablonski is described as a white male, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing a blue-and-white striped shirt, blue jeans, a black hoodie and a green Philadelphia Eagles hat.
(From left) PSP-Punxsy Trooper Jamie Levier, public information officer; District Attorney Jeff Burkett; and investigating officer Corporal Greg Raybuck held a press conference on Thursday announcing the filing of additional charges in the Kenneth Raymond Lees II case.
For the full story, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
SS.C.D. School will be hosting its annual Bingo Blast event on Sunday, with doors opening for lunch at noon and Bingo beginning at 1 p.m.
There will be 16 vendors set up, and a $15 entry fee includes both lunch and Bingo.
All proceeds benefit the SS.C.D. School.
Retired Lt. Col. Sharlene (VanDyke) Loennig, 61, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Aliquippa, passed away after brave, courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at home surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Rochester, Pa., a daughter of Lena (Ceccarelli) VanDyke and the late James Merritt VanDyke.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lucia and Nazzareno Ceccarelli, and her paternal grandparents, Josephine and Merritt Howard Van Dyke.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The new fitness center being constructed at Punxsutawney Area High School has been a topic of discussion for some time now, and the Punxsutawney Area School Board learned at Wednesday's
committee meeting that the project is getting closer to completion.
Francis J. Molinaro, board vice president, asked what is left to be completed and said that he was tired of seeing the project on the board's agenda month after month.
Chris Courtois is pictured with sculptures that won two awards during the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day Metal Sculpture Competition in Barclay Square.
Courtois, along with students of the Jeff Tech Welding/Fabrication program and John Smelko, also created the sculptures.
Charles K. Kovach, 95, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Kovach was born April 3, 1918, in Braddock, a son of the late John and Susann Kovach.
On April 17, 1943, he married his loving wife, Erlamon Doreen (Beatty) Kovach of Punxsutawney, who survives.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal.
He was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ.
Representatives of the Department of Agriculture's Dog Law Enforcement Office visited the county commissioners on Tuesday to raise awareness of the need for dog licensing.
Pictured (from left) are: Commissioner Jim McIntyre; Kristen Donmoyer, director, Dog Law Enforcement Office; Brad Shields, supervisor for Northwestern Pennsylvania; Jamie Carlson, dog warden; James "Moon" VanSteenberg, county treasurer; and Commission Chairman Paul Corbin.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.