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Background, desire to help others make Dr. Alzuhaili a fit at PAH

April 16, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Area Hospital has welcomed a new face as its general surgeon to its Medical Arts Building in Suite 104 at 83 Hillcrest Drive — well, a sort-of new face. Those who have been to the hospital will quickly see that while Dr. Anas Alzuhaili, M.D., is a new face to the position, he's also a very familiar one as well, having worked in the Emergency Room at PAH since 2012.

Farm Bureau hosts Rural Road Safety Day

April 15, 2014

The Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Day at Fezell's County Market on Tuesday to bring awareness to the dangerous conditions created when large or small farm equipment is traveling on the back and main roads, not only in Jefferson County but throughout the area.

The annual safety event is sponsored by Fezell's County Market, Kengersky Insurance, PennDOT District 10, PSP-Punxsutawney, Jefferson County Commissioners, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Rep. Sam Smith, R-66th district.

Key Club makes state convention presentation to board

April 15, 2014

Members of the PAHS Key Club attended the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting Monday night, at which time they gave a special presentation showcasing their recent trip to the state convention that was held in Harrisburg.

A few of the members received awards, with one of them being Megan Strawcutter, who received the Bob E. Bagan's Unsung Hero Award.

Easter party for kids to be held Thursday

April 15, 2014

You won't need your Easter bonnet, but all kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to an Easter party at the New Anchor Inn, located at 466 Harmony Rd. in Young Township, in the downstairs banquet room, sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) and B.K. Smith Auto Body in Punxsutawney.

Drinda Smith, event organizer, said there will be a Bible story, which will center on Judas, and there will also be games for the kids.

Smith said that there will be pizza and snacks for everyone, and the party begins right after the kids are dismissed from school at noontime on Thursday.

Marion Center Bank celebrates Community Bank Month with donation to Cross Town

April 14, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the economy taking its toll on Americans everywhere — including locally — the Punxsutawney Branch of Marion Center Bank took a step toward helping the problem on Monday with a donation to the Cross Town Ministry Food Pantry, one of the biggest food banks in the
area.

Clay Snyder, Marion Center Bank Punxsy Branch manager, said that
they've been contributing to Cross Town and the St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Bank at SS.C.D. on an annual basis.

Snyder said that April is Community Bank Month, and each branch is picking an organization in its area to support.

Teenager with big heart helping cats, kittens in honor of her grandfather

April 14, 2014

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

BROOKVILLE — When it comes to helping those in need, there is no minimum age requirement — just a big, kind heart with lots of room for love.

For 15-year-old Ginger Verdill, those who are in need of help happen to be adult cats and kittens.

After her grandfather, William O. Uncapher, passed away more than a year ago, Verdill found herself looking at a barn full of cats.

With her grandfather no longer there to take care of them, she knew that the best thing she could do for them was to get them spayed or neutered, then find them new homes.

National Library week kicks off with open house

April 14, 2014

Soon enough, school will be out and the local hangout in town will once again be the public library.

The library just finished complete renovations, including a meeting room, a media room, an improved children's library and a spiced-up teenagers’ room.

Pictured at Saturday’s open house event are (front, from left) Debbie Sherry, Kathy Smith, Amanda Hornack, Judy Hampton; (back) Coral Ellshoff, Lara Little, Cassandra Bellerillo, Cindy Depp-Hutchinson, Roz Pete and Peggy Johnston.

Punxsy man arrested, charged with theft in FEMCO incident

April 14, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have arrested a Punxsutawney man on theft charges following an incident that occurred at FEMCO Machine Co. between Aug. 7, 2013, and April 10.

For details, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Sun setting on winter? Not quite yet, perhaps

April 14, 2014

You don’t need the ocean for a beautiful sunset, as Spirit reporter Larry McGuire proves with this photo recently taken at Cloe Lake in Bell Township.

Many have hoped that the sun was setting on the cold weather we faced this winter, but today’s forecast isn’t as promising. At least we saw a glimmer of hope this weekend, though, right?

LOCAL KIDS HAVE ‘EGGS-TRA’ FUN THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

April 13, 2014

Bethany Bright (right) got to meet the Easter Bunny at Sunday's Easter
Egg Hunt sponsored by the First Church of God in Punxsutawney's Youth Group at Harmon Field.

More than 500 people attended the first-time event. Ian Leseman guessed how many Cadbury chocolate eggs were contained in a jar and won a $10 gift certificate to the Punxsy Dairy Queen.

Way Back When

April 13, 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

April 28, 1888
Bothyne Pardoned
The Board of Pardons, which met in Harrisburg on Tuesday of last week, recommended a pardon in the case of Augustus Bothyne, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for feloneous assault on the person of Jeremiah Greeley.

May 2, 1888
Saw Mill Burned

PSP investigating potential $60,000 employee theft at FEMCO

April 13, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police responded to an incident of theft Thursday at FEMCO Machine Co. in Young Township.

It was reported to police that a male FEMCO employee, 32, of Punxsutawney, had been stealing products from the workplace and selling them for scrap.

Police said the employee, whose name was not listed in the report, reportedly deprived FEMCO of an estimated $60,000 worth of material since November of 2013.

The investigation continues.

FCOG hosting Harmon Field egg hunt Sunday

April 11, 2014

Students from the First Church of God Youth group are pictured preparing the bags of candy to be given out at this Sunday’s Easter egg hunt to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Harmon Filed in Punxsutawney.

Pictured (from left) are Samantha Dyson, Sterling Grisso, Heather Bair, Janell Burkett and Kimmy Belisky.

For more information regarding the Easter egg hunt or the church in general, call the church at 814-938-6670 or check out its website at www.fcoglife.org

Punxsy Borough preparing for paving season

April 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Despite the heavy winter that was experienced this year in Western Pennsylvania and the amount of overtime Public Works employees endured, Punxsutawney Borough Council is looking to still do as much paving work on borough streets as has been done in the past.

"I've been working with Dave Bofinger, Public Works foreman, regarding the proposed paving list," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.

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

First Assembly of God Church hosts ‘world’s biggest’ egg hunt

April 11, 2014

It may have been rainy and gloomy outside, but the “World's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt,” held at the First Assembly of God on Friday evening, was still a massive success, with this year’s hunt taking place in the church and in the gym.

A total of 3,000 eggs were hidden, and kids who attended were also treated to some tasty snacks and a puppet show and had the chance to win some great prizes.

Pictured is Allen Martell Sr. holding his two little ones, Allen Jr., age 1, (left) and Exzander, who is just a month old. It was the first Easter egg hunt for both.

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