Archive - Dec 31, 2012
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DUBOIS â€” The Brockway Rovers deep threats, combined with a strong fourth quarter from Clay Anderson, was too much for the Raiders to handle in their 56-40 loss in the consolation game at the DuBois Holiday tournament Saturday.
The Raiders faced the Rovers for the second time Saturday and gave them a much stronger effort than their 69-24 loss in the championship game of the Brookville tip-off tournament on Dec. 8.
DUBOIS â€” In what was a close game for most of the contest, the DuBois Beavers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter to best Brookville, 57-42, in the opening round of the Holiday tournament Friday night.
"We turned the ball over a little bit and we got a little impatient at times against their press and forced some things... I thought our transition defense hurt us even more than that with (not) getting back defensively and giving up a couple freebies," said Kevin Wolfe, Raiders varsity coach.
(Editorâ€™s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâ€™s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, news reporter Larry McGuire brings you the top news stories from the months of October, November and December.)
â€¢ The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the S.S.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsyâ€™s Got Talent show
and a pumpkin-decorating contest.
Samuel W. Dinger, Sr., 70, of Brookville, (Stanton), died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home.
He was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ervin E. and Mary (Steiner) Dinger.
On Aug. 4, 1961, he married the former Judith M. Depp, who survives.
He attended the Stanton United Methodist Church.
Mr. Dinger worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include six children, Samuel W. Dinger, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla., Steven Dinger and wife Denece of Summerville, Scott Dinger of Brookville, Shawn Dinger
David Anthony Rowan, 54, of DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at home.
He was born Oct. 5, 1958, in Erie, a son of the late Thomas Anthony Rowan and Dolores T. (Woods) Rowan of DuBois.
David was a graduate of Academy High School in Erie.
He was Catholic by faith.
Mr. Rowan was the caretaker of his mother, Dolores.
In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a brother, John A. Rowan; two sisters, Georgine R. Sweitzer, and Kathleen Catrabone, all of DuBois; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Edith J. Snyder, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mrs. Snyder was born May 18, 1935, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Raymond S. Bair and Cora V. (White) Snyder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay C. Snyder.
Mrs. Snyder was a member of the First Church of God, where she was a devoted Sunday School worker for more than 40 years.
Edith was also a secretary for Cloe Lumber.
She enjoyed housekeeping and spending time with her family.
Nancy North Pitts, 78, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home.
She was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Robert C. North and Aileen Fulton North.
On Oct. 20, 1955, she married Richard J. Pitts, who survives.
She taught the third grade in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 22 years at Mapleview School, retiring in 1993.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years; a 1952 graduate from Brookville Area High School who then attended Indiana College and Penn State University.
William E. Smith, 81, of DuBois, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.
Mr. Smith was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Winslow Township, the son of the late Kenneth E. Smith and Dorothy R. (Graham) Smith.
On Oct. 14, 1989, he married Audrey C. (Meier) Smith who survives.
He attended Reynoldsville High School.
Mr. Smith was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.
He was a retired mechanic of 25 years for Dennison Brothers Chevrolet of Reynoldsville.
Mr. Smith attended the Salem Methodist Church.
Marguerite E. (Pearce) Smith, 95, of Smithport, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.
The daughter of George C. and Grace (Stiver) Pearce, she was born on March 28, 1917, in Banks Township, Indiana County.
Marguerite was a member of the Smithport Wesleyan Methodist Church, where she had actively served her church in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher, as well as being involved with the Missionary Society for more than 30 years.
She thoroughly loved spending time with her grandchildren.