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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.

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.

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.

Music in the Park Tonight!

July 23, 2014

Sexual abuse against children incident reported

July 23, 2014

REYNOLDSVILLE — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident of sexual abuse against children that occurred between 12:04 a.m. and 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police said that the incident occurred as unknown individuals engaged in electronic communication via Twitter’s website, distributing inappropriate pictures to a 14-year-old Reynoldsville female.

Stay off the road: Big Run council bans grass clippings on streets

July 22, 2014

BIG RUN — Big Run Borough Council planted a new ordinance in the code
book and mowed down an old one at the same time at Monday's meeting.
Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 226, which repealed Ordinance No. 205 for junk.

Nick Lantz, council president, said the new ordinance adds in lawn clippings, grass, sticks and leaves from being placed in the street.
"If these items are not removed from the roads after mowing is completed, there are fines to be assessed from $50 up to $1,000," Lantz said.

SS.C.D. ministry crochets comfort for those in need

July 22, 2014

The women of the SS.C.D. Martha and Mary Ministry are hard at work making prayer shawls, comfort pillowcases and cancer caps for shut-ins, those in nursing homes and cancer patients. Pictured (from left) are Pat Verostic, Barbara Cackowski, Mary McSteen, Marianne Hampton, Mary Lou Brown, Mary Grace Simmons and Vickie Snyder.

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

MARTIN'S announces recall of organic peaches, nectarines, some Orchard Perfect fruit

July 22, 2014

Carlisle, Pa. — Following a recall by Wawona Packing Company, GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale its organic peaches and nectarines and certain Orchard Perfect peaches, nectarines and plums due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following products are included in this recall:
• Organic Nectarines, PLU 94378
• Organic Peaches, PLU 94044
• Orchard Perfect Nectarines, PLU 4378 and PLU 4036
• Orchard Perfect Peaches, PLU 4044 and PLU 4038
• Orchard Perfect White Peaches, PLU 4401

Mayor Alexander apologizes

July 21, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Mayor of Punxsutawney admitted to the members of Borough Council that he made a mistake when he prematurely hired two people as part-time dispatchers at the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.

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

See what popular event is returning to Barclay Square this weekend

July 21, 2014

It was a beautiful day in Barclay Square for last year's Church In the Park (CITP).

Organizers are hoping for more of the same for this year's CITP, which will take place throughout the course of the weekend.

For schedule details, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Lindsey Fire Co. names an honorary member

July 21, 2014

The Lindsey Fire Company recently made Kevin Wachob of Big Run an honorary member of the fire company.

Pete Pape, president of Lindsey Fire Company, thanked Wachob for his work on installing new LED lights on Lindsey's Rescue 40.

Pictured (from left) are Ken Bishop, Lindsey Fire Company vice president; Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief; Kevin Wachob; Pape; and Joe Defelice, Lindsey Fire Company chief.

2014 RELAY FOR LIFE

July 20, 2014

The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the most powerful parts of the Relay for Life, which was held over the weekend in Barclay Square.

As the light faded on the day, attendees gathered for a time to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to support people who are currently battling cancer and to honor those who have fought it in the past.

Pictured here are participants watching the names of loved ones lost to the disease scroll on the screen with the glow of the luminaria bringing light to the foreground.

For more from the Relay for Life, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.

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