Archive - Feb 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” At last weekâ€™s Borough Council meeting, its members changed course on a proposal by Drinda Smith to place a memorial bench in Barclay Square and instead authorized Smith to proceed with having one placed in Patsyâ€™s Park.
The bench was requested by Drinda Smith in memory of Joel Riggleman, Dylan Behrendt and Sean McConnaughey and was approved.
Toby Santik, council member, said he had communicated council's decision to Smith via test message that it would not allow the bench to be in Barclay Square but would allow it in Patsy's Park.
Kathryn J. Snyder, 81, of Champion, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Renaissance North.
She was born July 25, 1931. in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Dallas Milliron and the late Lucy Burkett Milliron.
She married Ronald Snyder on June 7, 1950.
She attended the Church at Warren and loved her church family.
She was employed as a press operator at Packard Electric for 20 years.
Kathryn was a God-loving woman, and she had a very gentle heart.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said two people perished in a mobile home fire late Friday night in Young Township.
The victims have been identified as 9-year-old Michael Jerome Collier, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, and 50-year-old Vickie Milliron of Claridge, who was visiting at the residence.
Baker said two other persons were injured in the fire and transported by emergency helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Baker had no information on their conditions.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After having various close contests this winter, the ninth-grade Chucks ended their season on a high note in the final game.
The season-ending victory gave Punxsy its 10th victory when it defeated Bradford, 45-30, on Friday in Punxsutawney.
After taking a 7-2 first quarter lead, the Chucks pulled away by nine points, 17-8, in the second period.
The quality second frame gave the home club a 24-10 halftime tally.
The two teams played evenly the second two periods, with Punxsy edging out a 21-20 margin.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The season of growth came to a head as the seventh-grade Punxsy boysâ€™ hoops team concluded its season.
Trailing by 11 points at the half, the Chucks stormed back for a dominate second two periods and a 41-35 comeback victory over the Owls of Bradford on Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Bradford stormed out to a 20-8 advantage after the first quarter and enjoyed a cushion of 16 points during the first half.
The visitors led 23-12 at intermission.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There's a saying, "art for art's sake," which would aptly describe Nancy Jones, who retired Friday as an art teacher at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) after 38-and-a-half years of teaching students not just art, but also digital photography.
"Actually this year, it's 111 days that I've taught art, and the reason that is interesting is my classroom number is 111," Jones said, adding that this is the only school district she has taught art in throughout her career.
Jones said she also has taught dance, which she began when she was in high school.
(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.)
February 3, 1897
John Barr, aged fifty years, while driving home in a sled last Friday night, lost his way in the woods near Glen Hazel, Elk County, and froze to death.
He was found the next morning lying face downward, in which position he had fallen when the sled struck a stump and held the team.
Cecile A. Remaley, 95, Brookville, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born July 17, 1917, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Mashal and Amelia (Cravener) States.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Brookville.
She worked at Speer Carbon and then worked as a housemother at an
orphanage in Chambersburg, Pa.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Ronald W. Remaley and wife Barbara of Everett, Pa., and Edward L. Remaley of Brookville; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.
BRADFORD â€” When playing a good team, you cannot expect to win by committing key turnovers for a long stretch of time in a game, such as for a whole eight-minute quarter.
After leading 15-10, the Punxsy girlsâ€™ basketball tide turned after the first quarter Friday night.
The defending District IX champion Bradford took the second quarter turnovers and converted them into points before posting a 57-43 final score at the end of the night over Punxsy in Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In an intense preview of the District IX AAA championship game in two weeks, the home Chucks held serve on Friday night.
With a stroke of irony, Punxsy proved to be a second-half and fourth-quarter team to hit for 50 points on head coach Dirk Nealâ€™s 50th birthday in besting Bradford, 50-46, in Punxsutawney.
â€śIt was beautiful,â€ť smiled the birthday-celebrating Chucks coach. â€śThe kids responded just like we asked. Bradford is a scrappy team. Itâ€™s getting to be a real rivalry between the two schools 90 miles apart.â€ť