Archive - Aug 2012
Phyllis E. Swineford, 88, of Airport Rd., Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.
She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Jefferson County, the daughter of William Wyant and Ruth Armstrong Wyant.
Sept. 13, 1941, in Punxsutawney, she married Harry W. "Filse" Swineford, who preceded her in death March 13, 1996.
Phyllis was a homemaker and was known as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Agnes M. Grusky, 90, of Johnstown, formerly of New Alexandria, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Glen Campbell, Pa., to the late Stanley and Mary (Charculla) Brink.
Agnes was a member of St. James Roman Catholic Church in New Alexandria and its Rosary Altar Society.Â She prayed the Rosary faithfully, and enjoyed country music, polkas, cards, and going to casinos and playing bingo.Â She will be sadly missed be her family and friends.
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The sewer line separation work that is partially paid for through the H2O Grant that Punxsutawney Borough was approved for, is moving along quickly thanks to the good weather.
"Mealy Construction began work this past Sunday and is working from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every night on the storm sewer project that is taking place around the railroad underpass and the Punxy Plaza on West Mahoning Street," Brian Sekula, Punxsutawney Borough engineer from the Eads Group, said at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
Workers for Keith Tanner Contracting are shown replacing the shingles Wednesday at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church on Sutton Street in Punxsutawney. Clifford Schall, project supervisor, said not only are the shingles being replaced, but so are some of the facing boards. The work is being performed due to leaks in both of the steeple roofs. Shown are Bobby Lawson (window) and Keith Tanner on the rope replacing shingles. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Patrick Durish of Clarion is shown riding a motorcycle on Swank's Steel City Shows midway at the Dayton Fair earlier this week. The fun at the fair continues today with the rides opening at 3 p.m.; harness racing in the grandstand at noon; the junior livestock auction beginning at 6 p.m.; a 4x4 mud bog at 7 p.m. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Punxsutawney Borough Police officer was awarded the "key to the city," and four members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department were honored for their years of service upon their retirement at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting.
"Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Ryan Miller was given the coveted 'key to the city' for his heroic act when he jumped onto a suspect who had an explosive device attached to his body," said James T. Wehrle, mayor of Punxsutawney Borough.
Bea Barnett (left) and Dallas Barnett are shown riding the Merry-Go-Round, which is part of the Swank Amusements midway at the Dayton Fair. The fair continues today with harness racing at noon; the midway opens at 3 p.m. with Swank's Steel City Shows; the community pet show is at 4:30; a grand cavalcade and six-horse hitch at 5:30; mini-horse fun show at 6:30; and the Lucas Oil pro pulling league will begin at 7. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)
The White team became the 2012 Punxsy Community Center Summer Basketball League champions with a hard-fought 55-52 win over the Green team Monday night. The White team is (front row, from left): Erickson Amundson, Jeff Smith, Mike Carlson; (back row) Dan Long, Dennis Manges, Joe Long and Mike Cook. (Photo provided by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
While for some, the summer season seems to have just started, the telltale sign of the PAHS students' summer nearing an end showed itself Monday when the fall sports teams opened their practice season. Pictured here is Punxsy assistant coach Jeremy Hospodar working with a group of linemen during the football team's opening day practice. Practices will continue over the next few weeks before each individual team kicks off its season.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board continued to mull over the notion of closing some elementary schools for the sake of staying within budget at its meeting on Monday.
Jenks Hill Elementary stayed in the hot seat, as much of the discussion centered around it. However, Parkview was also brought forward as a potential closure.
There was some talk of Mapleview as well. However, not as much data was available as of yet in order for the board to fully discuss the implications of such a closure.
Jenks Hill had already been discussed at a prior meeting of the board.