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October 14th

Betty Mumau, 95

October 14, 2012

Beatrice "Betty" Evelyn (Blose) Mumau was born in Blose Hollow (near Wilgus, Pa.) on July 13, 1917.

She grew up with 11 siblings and regaled friends and family her whole life with magical tales of goings-on and family reunions — especially the famous Blose Reunion — in the Hollow.

Living to the ripe age of 95, Betty would often wistfully remark, "I am the last leaf on the tree.”

She was married in 1936 to Robert J. Mumau, who preceded her in death in 1984.

John Lee Heckman, 59

October 14, 2012

John Lee Heckman, 59, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at home.

He was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Albert Charles and Constance Hope (Teats) Heckman.

He had previously worked at Matson Lumber and Elbel’s Produce Farm.

His enjoyment in life was spending time with his daughter Hope, making homemade soup called “Dough,” having Sunday dinners and visiting his family and friends.

He loved his dog Lizzy.

He was a content man who enjoyed what he had, and he also liked woodworking and gardening.

October 12th

Punxsy/SS.C.D. 6th-grade wins ECC Tourney, perfect 15-0

October 12, 2012

ST. MARYS – The distant future of the Punxsy girls' basketball program looks to be promising. Last weekend, the sixth-grade Punxsy/SS.C.D. squad kept its perfect season mark by sweeping three games with a 27-17 victory over Johnsonburg in the championship contest to win the Elk County Catholic Tournament in St. Marys.

Kate Horner led the team which is now 15-0 on the season with 14 points. Cassidy Reed hit for five points, while Emily Griebel and Kylee Shoemaker both added four points apiece.

Three second-half turnovers cost Chucks in 17-14 loss to Gremlins

October 12, 2012

KARNS CITY — In a close game, turnovers can prove to be very costly, and the Chucks learned just how true that fact is on Friday night. Punxsy committed its third turnover of the second half, and Karns City turned it into a Zach Moore 32-yard game-winning field goal with 49 seconds left in the game to give Karns City the 17-14 win in Karns City.

McCalmont firefighters make learning fun at Parkview

October 12, 2012

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

ANITA — 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 — Assistant Chief Chris Porada, Captain Kevin Toven, Pete Mohney, Blaine Heckman, Justine Foster and Derek Toven — gave an interactive presentation to the children, grades K-3, teaching them the importance of knowing what to do in case of a fire.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month close to home for local families, too

October 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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:

CAREER WOMEN READY FOR ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE

October 12, 2012

Members and officers of the Career Women’s 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

October 12, 2012

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 women’s groups and mentoring young women.

Donald James Smith, 88

October 12, 2012

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.

October 11th

Chucks football looks to pass road test vs. Gremlins

October 11, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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.

“Karns City is a fantastic program,” points out Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol. “They have won a good amount of the District IX AA championships and are a solid program.”

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.

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