Archive - Oct 2012
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
ANITA â The week of Oct. 7-13 has been designated National Fire Prevention Week, and Friday, firefighters from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company treated the students at Parkview Elementary School to a special program about fire prevention safety.
Six different members from the department âÂ Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven â gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County, which some people believe may not have anything to do with them or anyone they know.
That belief, though, isn't necessarily true.
"Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more acts between family or household members, sexual or intimate partners or parents who share biological parenthood," said Suella Himes, counselor advocate III for the Community Action Inc. Crossroads Project.
Himes said instances of acts of domestic violence include:
Members and officers of the Career Womenâs Club would like to invite local residents to donate blood at their annual blood drive Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at SS.C.D.
The representatives pictured here are (front, from left): Mary Molinari, Helen Whitesell, Lois Vanderpool; (back) Diane Neal, Stacy Volchko, Dena Taylor and Lena VanDyke.
Mary M. Shields, 92, of Brookville, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Feb. 15, 1920, in Rosehill, Scotland, a daughter of the late Thomas Frew and Elizabeth Reid.
Mrs. Shields was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in Buffalo, N.Y.
She was married on Dec. 12, 1942, to H. Glenn Shields, who preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2001.
Mrs. Shields was a member of the Brookville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She was active in ministry all her life, leading womenâs groups and mentoring young women.
Donald James Smith, 88, known to his family and friends as Jim Smith, passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, in Carson City, Nev.
He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Juneau, Pa.
He graduated from Rossiter High School, Class of 1942.
Jim was married to Vivian Dunlop Smith, of Rossiter, for 50 years. She preceded him in death.
Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was retired from Minneapolis Honeywell, Inc. after 35 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Masons.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After posting its third-straight victory last Friday, the Punxsy Chucks squad will look to pass another road test against the traditionally tough Karns City Gremlins.
âKarns City is a fantastic program,â points out Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol. âThey have won a good amount of the District IX AA championships and are a solid program.â
The two Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School Division co-leaders have produced very similar 2012 results to this point of the season. Both squads have 2-0 marks in the KSAC Large School Division and have 4-2 overall records.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Another week and another perfect outcome was the order of business for the Punxsy seventh-grade girls' basketball team.
The Lady Chucks won three of four quarters on the way to their third win of the week, 21-14 over Altoona-Maroon on Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
"What a nice, hard-earned win against another quality opponent in Altoona-Maroon," said Punxsy coach Darrin Kriebel. "The girls definitely showed everybody in attendance including the visiting team just how far they've come as a team this year."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The research is continuing regarding the purchase and installation of a GPS system for Punxsutawney Borough Police vehicles and possibly some others.
The Grant County Sheriff's office in Arkansas has been using the Wireless Matrix GPS system that Punxsutawney Borough Council has been looking at for use here, said Tom Fedigan, Punxsutawney Borough Police chief, at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
Last weekend, members of the Punxsutawney VFW Post 2076 and the Ladies Auxiliary participated in âBuddy Poppy Daysâ to raise funds to help support veterans.
Both organizations wanted to thank everyone who helped and who donated to their cause.
Pictured are VFW Post Commander Jim Dunlap (left) and Ladies Auxiliary member Betty Kotula.
Alma Smith, 81, of Murray, Utah, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.
She was born on Feb. 16, 1931, in Creekside, Pa., a daughter of the late Blair Neal and Alta Welder Neal.
She married Ivan Q. Smith, who preceded her in death.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Brass of Murray, Utah, and Vanda (Bill) Erdos of Bethel Park, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jamie Brass, Katie Beechler, Scott Brass, Abby Brass and Erin Erdos; and a great-grandson, Peyton Beechler.
A memorial service will be held at Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney at a later date.