Archive - Dec 2012
(Editorâs note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâs papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, The Spirit staff brings you the top news stories from the months of July, August and September.)
â¢ The 46th Annual Groundhog Festival kicks off in Barclay Square.
â¢ The Punxsutawney Area Community Center hosts its 17th annual 5K Run/Two-Mile Walk as part of the Groundhog Festival.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â We've heard the old saying it's either "feast or famine," and this weekend at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, for members of the church's youth group it will be famine as they participate in a "30 Hour Famineâ event to help raise awareness for world hunger.
"This is not just an event that is occurring at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. It is put on by Worldvision across the country," said Connie Neal of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.
INDIANA â Every child has one big dream job that gives them something to work toward, and for Harlem Globetrotters rookie Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell, her dream is coming true this week as her first season as a professional basketball player kicks off, including a trip to Indiana's Kovalchick Complex tonight.
Mighty said that for her, it's always been a dream to play professionally, but she's also pleased to have the opportunity to change lives and inspire young girls, as well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After challenging weather made for first day schedule changes, Punxsy proved to be its own difficult host to two opponents to take away a night sweep on the first night of the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic.
Trailing 35-32 with 4:06 left in the game, the Lady Chucks netted the final six points of the contest and scratched out a 38-35 girls victory over the Lady Stingers of Marion Center.
(Editorâs note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past yearâs papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, Editor Zak Lantz brings you the top news stories from the months of April, May and June.)
â¢ The Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special, despite a bit of rain, has record-breaking totals of 524 participants and $65,000 raised.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â While the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut will be forever etched into the memories of the students who attended school there, a Punxsutawney woman has come up with an idea that she feels might bring some comfort and peace to those students.
"I've titled it the "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" project, where we provide pillowcases with a verse from Proverbs written on them for the kids to see before they go to sleep each night," said Drinda Smith of Punxsutawney.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club recently sponsored the âElderly Care Gift Basket Driveâ for local personal care and nursing facilities in the Punxsutawney area.
With the help of the community, the Groundhog Club was able to provide over 250 gifts for local facilities.
There were three days of deliveries, and items included arts and crafts, books, puzzles, pillows, hygiene products, DVDs and CDs, and much more.
The Groundhog Club said it could not be happier and would like to thank the entire community for its support during this holiday season.
Lauretta Shoffner Shekitka, 85, of Bozeman, MT, passed away on
Dec. 19, 2012, in her apartment at Springmeadows.
Lauretta was born on Dec. 7, 1927, at the family home in Dora, Pa., to Charles and Mildred Shoffner.
She attended high school in Kittanning, Pa., and graduated in 1945.
While attending Syracuse University, she met and married the love of her life Andy Shekitka â a dashing Navy veteran and center on the SU football team.
Lauretta and Andy owned and directed All Seasons Camp in Mt. Tremper, N.Y., from 1960 to 1971.
Thomas Shiock Sr., 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Shiock and Mary Jane (Kukula) Shiock.
In 1957, he married Suzanne (Bish) Shiock of Punxsutawney, who survives.
He began working construction in 1968, working many years for Local No. 910 Construction General Laborers.
He also worked for Jefferson Garage, drilled rigs for P&N Coal and ran the Starlight Drive-In.
Laird B. Braughler, 89, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille (Brennan) Braughler; father of Beverly (Jim) Spare and Robert (Julie) Braughler; grandfather of Adam and Kate Braughler; brother of Lorraine Sterner, Dolan and Duane Braughler, and the late Maralene Emerick, Bernadine Sensabaugh and Ronald Braughler.
Laird was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and had been employed by GMAC, where he was a dealer relations manager.
He also drove cars for Day Chevrolet.