Archive - Nov 2012
Carl E. Benson, Sr., 78, of Punxsutawney, passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, and into Godâs eternal glory while surrounded by family who were lifting him up in prayer.
Born April 13, 1934, Carl was the son of Oscar C. and Henrietta M. (Harrold) Benson.
He was also a son of God, through his acceptance of his Heavenly Fatherâs plan of salvation. He lived a life that was defined by his love for these two families: earthly and spiritual.
Ruth I. Greenawalt, 90, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home.
She was born July 26, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James and Sarah Jane âJennieâ (Sheesley) McClincy.
On Feb. 9, 1946, she married the late Clarence A. Greenawalt, who preceded her in death on July 26, 1985.
She worked in the office at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital for 24 years.
She was a member of the Punxsutawney Baptist Church and a member of the Historical Society for 18 years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The 2012 holiday season officially gets underway in this area at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 23, and 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 24, when Van âšDyke and Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet present the perennial favorite, âThe Nutcracker,â on the stage of Punxsutawney Area High School. Directed by Joan E. Van Dyke, the elaborate production features more than 80 dancers performing to the music of Tchaikovsky. The performers, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, come from Punxsutawney, Clearfield, Clarion, DuBois, Brookville, Indiana, and the surrounding area.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The members of the senior class at Punxsutawney Area High School have voted six of their fellow classmates onto this yearâs Kingâs Court. The Kingâs Court ceremony will take place during halftime of tonightâs annual Powder Puff football game, which will kickoff at 6 p.m. at Jack F. LaMarca Stadium.
The students at PAHS vote for Kingâs Court in the same manner as Homecoming Queenâs Court and Winter Queenâs Court.
KANE â Despite a valiant fourth quarter comeback, the Brookville Raiders football team fell to the Kane Wolves, 35-34, in a District IX AA semifinal overtime heartbreaker Friday night in Kane.
Back-to-back touchdown runs from running back Zach Vroman in the fourth quarter helped the Raiders establish their first lead of the night. With the score at 28-21 and 1:59 left on the clock, the Wolves took over from their own 28-yard line.
BIG RUN â VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual ceremony recognizing and celebrating Veterans' Day on Sunday at the Big Run War Memorial.
The ceremony also commemorated the 65th anniversary of Big Run VFW Post 9044 and honored its four living charter members, Richard Ellenberger, Sherman Hollopeter, Robert Kerr and Eugene North.
The speaker for the evening was Jeff Soliday, who also spoke at the two organizations' recognition of POW/MIA Day earlier this year, which doubled as a commemoration of his late father, Jim Soliday.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ Sunday was a beautiful, warm day at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, as the veterans who now reside there were honored.
The Veterans' Day program was started five years ago by Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director.
Having recognized that many of the veterans living at Mulberry Square couldn't get out to any of the other memorials, she decided to have one for them there.
"I feel they need recognition" said Amundson.
(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.)
September 23, 1896
An Armstrong County Girl
A dispatch from Laporte, Indiana of recent date says, "Edith E. Rylatt, of Armstrong county, PA, answered the matrimonial want notice of Alexander Rhines, of Fulton county and has become his lawful wife.
Betty A. Shirley, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Mrs. Shirley was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Walston, a daughter of the late Gustave W. Burkholtz and Lula Mae (Salsgiver) Burkholtz.
She was married to Ronald E. Shirley, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Shirley was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
She worked many years at Loree Footwear before retiring.
She was a member of the Punxsutawney Senior Center and former president of the Grandmothersâ Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â So many turn to music to help lift their spirits when theyâre having a rough day. So, when a student from the Punxsutawney Area Middle School, Colin Wineberg, âšfell ill, several local musicians decided to put their talents to use raising money to help Winebergâs cause.
Event organizer Mike Krach, a music teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, said Colin is a 7th-grade student in the district who is in need of a kidney transplant. When Wineberg fell ill this past summer rather suddenly, Krach said a chronic kidney disease was discovered.