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Punxsy residents agree: We felt the quake here, too

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Whether they were working, sleeping or just taking a second to enjoy the weather, several residents felt tremors from Tuesday’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia.

The Spirit’s phone lines became quite busy after readers in the area felt tremors from the quake, which was centered around Mineral, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va., according to the the U.S. Geological Survey.

Police warn residents to lock vehicles following recent thefts

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles due to numerous thefts that have occurred recently.

Police Chief Tom Fedigan said several vehicles were entered over the last week, with numerous items taken.

Fedigan said the thefts have been occurring throughout the borough, most recently in the Elk Run section of town.

According to police, some of the items taken include cell phones, a laptop computer, GPS units, sunglasses and cash.

He urged everyone to lock their vehicles and store valuables — especially guns — elsewhere.

Hospital hosts outing for a great cause

August 23, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Thursday, 108 golfers took to the course at the Country Club in Punxsutawney, but the outing was not just a friendly competition.

Though the 27 foursomes were all competing for prizes, including pro shop credit, they were also playing for a much greater cause.

For the past 32 years, Punxsutawney Area Hospital has been hosting the Dr. F.J. Trunzo Memorial Golf Outing, and this year was no exception.

The Zak Zone

August 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about the importance of camaraderie when considering what is a sport. This week, I saw camaraderie in action as I took photos of each fall sports team preparing for its season at the Punxsutawney Area High School's media day.

Hundreds of Punxsutawney area athletes gathered sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to have their photos taken, but what goes unseen in the still shots that the camera captured is the fellowship that sports is providing.

Ronald E. Gourley, 67

August 23, 2011

Ronald E. Gourley, 67, Hamilton, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at home.

He was born Jan. 10, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Donald G. and Henrietta (Kanouff) Gourley.

Nov. 29, 1974, he married Lela Adams Gourley, who survives.

A farm boy at heart, Mr. Gourley was an avid hunter and sportsman who enjoyed farm tractors.

He was a dozer operator for Original Fuels.

John Alvah Hoy, 90

August 23, 2011

John Alvah Hoy, 90, Ludlow, Mass., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

Known as "Al" to friends and family, he was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Chloride, Ariz., to the late Charles C. and Gertrude (Ware) Hoy.

Jan. 24, 1946, in Punxsutawney, he married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Louise (Hoffman) Hoy, who preceded him in death.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1938 and attended two years of business school.

Mary Elaine (Anderson) Skubisz, 82

August 23, 2011

Mary Elaine (Anderson) Skubisz, 82, Anita, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Horseheads, N.Y., after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 12, 1929, in Delancey, a daughter of Ernest "Shine" and Mary (Lazorcak) Anderson.

Sept. 3, 1949, she married Francis Skubisz, who preceded her in death.
A devoted homemaker, Mrs. Skubisz loved to bake and cook, and she kept her mother's Slovak recipes alive year after year.

She was a life-long member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Punxsutawney.

She was a long-time resident of Anita.

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