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Defense, hot shooting lead Punxsy over Clearfield

December 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As of late, the Lady Chucks had been struggling from the field in back-to-back games against Brookville and Keystone.

Head Coach Randy Reitz preached the importance of sticking with it, because the shots have to eventually fall.

In Monday's 66-24 win over Clearfield, all of the shots went Punxsy's way.

"I think playing at home with familiar surroundings gave us some confidence," Reitz said. "When you knock down the first two or three jump shots, it's a lot easier to play this game."

Pick up today's copy of The Spirit to read the full story.

Police contracts approved at special council meeting

December 16, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY— The Punxsutawney Borough Council held a special meeting on Monday evening, to discuss a few important items on the agenda.

Most notably, Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan's contract was approved after much discussion. The contract will be presented to Fedigan as soon as possible.

In other business:

• The nomination of two new Civil Service Commission members. Steve Story and Bill Spencer were nominated, and the motion was approved.

Light Up a Child’s Life campaign kicks off

December 16, 2013

The Light Up a Child's Life Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation got started Monday on WPXZ 104.1 FM. Pictured are Lindsey Herzing (left), regional manager for Make-A-Wish, and Ivy Kiesling, a Wish Kid, broadcasting from Miller Brothers Furniture on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday’s Light Up a Child's Life activity will begin at 7 a.m. at Fox's Pizza Den on North Findley Street in Punxsutawney.

Sophia Gabriel Pearce, infant

December 16, 2013

Sophia Gabriel Pearce, newborn infant, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Born Dec. 13, 2013, Sophia was the daughter of Kenesha Channelle Pearce of Glen Campbell and Derek Robert Miller of Indiana.

Surviving relatives include her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Wendy (Burge) Pearce of Glen Campbell; her maternal great-grandfather, Robert Pearce of Home; her paternal grandparents, Patty (Himes) Grant and husband Dave of Indiana and Jim Miller and wife Tracy of Rossiter; and her paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Grace Himes of Rochester Mills.

Frederick James Acre, 75

December 16, 2013

Frederick James Acre, 75, of Anita, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Harold Frederick Acre and Georgeina (Hobba) Podgers, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Fred served in the United States Air Force. He was very patriotic and proud of his service to our country.

On March 10, 1962, he married Helen Marlene Kuntz. They celebrated 50 loving years together.

He worked as a welder, first with Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel, and later for Jefferson Machine for over 25 years.

Gerald "Jerry" Edward Battaglia, 71

December 16, 2013

Gerald "Jerry" Edward Battaglia, 71, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.

Born Oct. 12, 1942, in Brookville, he was a son of the late Edward Dominick and Josephine Frances (Cesario) Battaglia.

Mr. Battaglia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

"Jerry" was co-owner of the former of Jerry's Pizza Shop in Brookville.

He was a member of the Brookville Eagles No. 983, and a former social member of Brookville and Pine Creek fire companies.

Jerry was a well-known character in the downtown area of Brookville.

Robert M. Boston, 62

December 16, 2013

Robert M. Boston, 62, Rossiter, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

He was born on April 19, 1951, a son of the late Frances and Anna Elizabeth “Betty” (Esposito) Boston.

On April 19, 1975, he married Darlene M. Ankeny, who survives.

He had two daughters and a grandson who he loved greatly.

He was a member of the Uniontown Church of Christ in Cherry Tree.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Air Defense Artillery during the Vietnam War.

He was employed by Jefferson Grocery where he worked as a warehouseman and a truck driver.

Neal D. Davis, 88

December 16, 2013

Neal D. Davis, 88, of Smithville, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa.

The son of David and Blanche (Neil) Davis, he was born on June 4, 1925, in Canoe Twp., Indiana County.

Neal served in the U.S. Navy as seaman second class during World War II.

He had worked as a truck driver for Interstate Amesite and as a rock truck driver for Benjamin Coal Company.

Neal had hauled local coal for years, as well as driving truck for Murray “Murf” Smith.

Neal enjoyed stock car racing.

Saturday snow keeps county crews busy

December 16, 2013

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Persistent snow showers throughout the day on
Saturday appeared to be a contributing factor in at least one of a number of accidents that took place during the course of the day.

For a full report, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.

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