Archive - Dec 10, 2012
Richard E. Heffner, 76, of DuBois, passed away, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Heffner was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Washington Township, a son of the late Benjamin F. Heffner and Ruby Mae (Hartzfeld) Heffner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth A. Brady.
Mr. Heffner loved fishing with his great-grandchildren, hunting and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
MARION CENTER â€” Mounting a furious comeback, Punxsy erased a 15-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter to tie but saw A-C Valley hit four of four free throws in the final 50 seconds to pull out a 46-44 win in the Marion Center Tip-Off Championship game.
â€śWe dug ourselves too big of a hole,â€ť noted Chucks head coach Dirk Neal. â€śWe played hard-nosed defense to get out of it â€” we trapped, pressed and forced the issue and tried to keep the ball out of (Ryan) Bartleyâ€™s hands who is a package player.â€ť
MARION CENTER â€” It took seven games and a New Year for Punxsy to find the win column last year. The 2012-13 version of the Lady Chucks would not wait that long this season.
Punxsy used its stifling defense to build a large cushion advantage before working the clock for the 52-46 victory over West Shamokin in the Marion Center Tip-off Tournament Consolation game on Saturday morning.Â
â€śOur defense is the reason we were able to win today and how we were able to be in the game last night,â€ť pointed out Lady Chucks coach Randy Reitz.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the countdown to Christmas continues, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle is asking area residents to send greetings to servicemen and women who are stationed overseas during the holiday season.
Wehrle said he has a supply of composition books, in which people can write holiday greetings, set up next to the Punxsutawney Borough Council
Chambers in the Mahoning East Civic Center this week.
"People can write well wishes, holiday greetings or anything they want in the books to the troops, no matter where they're stationed," he said.
The first weekend of the 20th-anniversary performance of the Living Christmas Tree put on by the First Church of God in Punxsutawney was performed in front of large crowds over the weekend.
The musical "Changed By a Baby Boy" will continue next weekend.
Call the church at 938-6670 to inquire about free tickets that may be left for the remaining performances.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department had their boots in hand over the weekend during the 29th-annual fire department boot drive to collect donations for area food banks and individual food baskets.
Pictured is Jim Murdock (right) of the Lindsey Fire Company collecting money during the food drive in front of the Lindsey Fire Hall on Saturday.
The total amount collected will be announced later today.
(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.)
November 11, 1896
A Possible Glass Plant
Representatives of a large French syndicate which has $ 3,000,000 to invest in the glass industry in Pennsylvania are in correspondence with parties here relative to the purchase of the Punxsutawney Bottle Works. What will come of it remains to be seen.
John F. Fortsch, 69, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Fortsch was born Nov. 8, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clarence J. Fortsch and Sara (Benson) Fortsch.
He is survived by his brothers, Thomas Fortsch and wife Gladys of Tennessee and Conrad Fortsch and wife Bonnie of Punxsutawney; his step-sisters, Karen McCauley of Punxsutawney, Barbara Black and husband Stanley of Punxsutawney and Patricia Manucha and husband Edward of New York; long-time companion Ken J. Stubbs of DuBois; and several nieces and nephews.