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December 11th

Landmark building burns down in Saturday blaze

December 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.

“Today was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,” Toie said Sunday night. “We wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'

Punxsy teen takes Wish trip to Florida, swims with dolphins

December 12, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Ever since Emily Keth, 16, of Punxsy, was a little girl, she has been obsessed with dolphins. She would decorate her with room with pictures of the creatures and dreamed of one day being able to swim with them.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that dream came true.

In April 2011, doctors found three blood clots in Emily's brain, which caused her to lose 83 percent of her vision. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a blood-clotting disorder that will affect her for the rest of her life.

Way Back When

December 12, 2011

(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 22, 1896)

A strange bicycle rider ran into Morris Weber, little son of J. A. Weber, yesterday, and hurt him considereably, though not dangerously. His head and face were badly cut and bruised, and the boy looked as though he had attended a Donnebrook fair.

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December 10th

Punxsy Hotel destroyed by fire

December 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY – Firefighters from several local companies battled an intense blaze that destroyed the Punxsy Hotel Restaurant & Lounge, North Findley Street, early Saturday morning.

The fire was called in as smoke emanating from the Smuggler's Inn – housed at the rear of the same structure – around 3 a.m. Saturday.

Within minutes, police reported that flames were visible, and within an hour, the flames were emerging from the windows and front doors.

Shortly after 4 a.m., the north and south walls of the upper floors collapsed, damaging three vehicles parked near the building.

December 9th

Lady Chucks, Chucks ring in the season at M.C. Tourney

December 10, 2011

MARION CENTER — The Lady Chucks and Chucks basketball teams opened their seasons against the Lady Stingers and Stingers of Marion Center in the second-annual Cancer Awareness Tip-Off Tournament Friday in Marion Center.

Unfortunately for both Punxsy squads, the Lady Stingers and Stingers — known for perennially strong teams — were able to thwart them in their season openers.

In the girls' contest, Punxsy — a very young team with just two seniors and no juniors — fell victim to the Lady Stingers' swarming defense in a 38-32 loss.

Make-A-Wish kicks off campaign Monday

December 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At some point in 2011, a child saved his or her birthday money.

A group of teachers pitched in a couple of bucks to wear jeans to school on a Friday.

Spare change from the grocery store wound up in a special savings place, where it would eventually find its way to a greater good.

A high school senior dedicated his or her senior project to the cause.
And this coming week is when those who saved money, pitched in a few bucks, stashed some change and performed fund-raisers realize that it was all worth it to light up a child’s life.

Punxsy firefighters collecting for food pantries this weekend

December 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department will have their boots in hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at major intersections throughout town, collecting donations for area food banks.
Boot drive locations are in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall, West Mahoning; Central Fire Hall, East Mahoning, Hampton Avenue and Front Street intersection; and Elk Run Fire Company; at the intersection of Elk Run and Graffius avenues.

Time to get all dressed up: First-ever Groundhog Ball is Jan. 28

December 10, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle members won’t be the only ones dressed to the nines.

Years after a non-Groundhog Day related charity ball had run its course, the Inner Circle will host the first-ever Groundhog Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 — just days before Groundhog Day — at the Punxsutawney Country Club (See the accompanying box for more).

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by Rudy & The Professionals and, of course, an appearance by Punxsutawney Phil.

Thomas “Tom” L. DeFazio Sr., 65

December 10, 2011

Thomas “Tom” L. DeFazio Sr., 65, DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois.

He was born April 19, 1946, in Punxsutawney, the only son of the late James and Rose DeFazio.

He was married for 31 years to the late Frances E. DeFazio, joined in union Nov. 20, 1965. She preceded him in death April 15, 1997.

Mr. DeFazio was retired. He was previously employed by Owens-Illinois Brockway and was the owner and manager of DeFazio’s Tasty Freeze in Brookville for 13 years.

Billy M. Shaffer, 82

December 10, 2011

Billy M. Shaffer, 82, Worthville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ringgold, a son of the late Arthur and Gussie (Shick) Shaffer.

He was married to Ethel W. (Goodheart) Shaffer, who preceded him in death May 14, 2001.

Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as "National Constitution Week"...
The Punxsutawney Chucks re-claimed the Route 36 Rivalry trophy on Friday night with a 47-6 victory over the Brookville...
Punxsy's boys' cross country (led by Eric Ingros, pictured here) led the Chucks and Lady Chucks in...
Thursday was a busy day in PAHS sports action, with the volleyball team hosting the Curwensville...
Punxsy's boys' golf squad fell to a tough opponent in Indiana on Wednesday, while the girls took to...

 

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