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Archive - May 2013

May 29th

Arlene Ann (Miller) Davidson, 75

May 29, 2013

Arlene Ann (Miller) Davidson, 75, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital.

She was born June 15, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James and Ruth (Lauer) Miller.

She was a graduate of SS.C.D. School.

Arlene worked as an emergency room clerk in Toledo for 20 years.

She later worked as an apartment manager in Toledo.

Her enjoyments were flower gardening, crocheting and painting.

She really enjoyed the many friendships and activities at Grace Place Apartments.

Thomas Vieli, 65

May 29, 2013

Thomas Vieli, 65, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Born April 30, 1948, in Ilanz, Switzerland, he was the son of the late Thomas Josef and Maria Ursula (Derungs) Vieli.

On April 8, 2000, he married Denise Dennison.

Helen Emma Craven, 90

May 29, 2013

Helen Emma Craven, 90, of Brookville, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Richardsville, a daughter of the late William Webster and Edna May (Heeter) Brownlee.

On June 14, 1947, she married John Louis Craven. He preceded her in death in July of 1990.

She was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher at the church and spent over 25 years in Child Evangelism through after-school Bible study.

Mrs. Craven was a substitute teacher at Pine Creek, Warsaw and Brookville schools.

BREAKING NEWS

May 29, 2013

Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, announced the results of a 9-month investigation by Troop C, Vice Officers.

Today a drug sweep was conducted by Troopers from throughout the Troop C area, along with Law Enforcement Officers from the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.

At the present time, 10 individuals are in custody.

Full details in Thursday's Spirit.

May 28th

Lady Chucks set to take on rival Lady Dutch for D-IX softball title

May 28, 2013

Punxsy Shortstop Chelsea Engeholm and second baseman Mary Sloniger come together to make a catch in recent Punxsy softball action. Today, the Lady Chucks will take to the field against the Lady Dutch of St. Marys, with the winner emerging as the District IX Champion.

For a full preview of the game, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy Dash 4 Diabetes to contribute to local cause for fifth straight year

May 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Punxsy Dash 4 Diabetes 5K Run/1-Mile Walk.

The event will be held on Saturday at the Charles Barletta Skate Park — also known as "Punxsy Skate Park" — located off Elk Street.

Parking will be available at the Jefferson County Assistance Office.

Runners and walkers will start at the Skate Park and then travel down the Punxsy Rails-to-Trails course and back.

Registration and activities will begin at 10 a.m., with the run/walk event starting at 11 a.m.

Starting over: Family with local connections looks to rebuild after tornado devastates Moore

May 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Imagine this: You walk into an interior closet of your home to seek shelter from an impending tornado.

When you enter, your house is intact; and when you exit, the only thing left is the closet.

This is one of the many true stories from the deadly tornados that struck Moore, Okla., last week.

This particular disaster strikes close to home right here in Punxsutawney, as Amy Morris, a local attorney, has several friends who live in Moore.

Kids, register for the Summer Reading Program

May 28, 2013

As summer finally makes its presence known, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library is ready to go with its 2013 Summer Reading program.

The program, held each summer, will have its official kick-off party on June 17.

This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading," and will focus on things beneath the surface. The program is open to children 18 months through 18 years of age, and those wishing to participate must register either at the library or online.

To register online, visit www.punxsutawneylibrary.org, or stop in at 301 East Mahoning St., Barclay Square.

Joseph F. Ciccone, 84

May 28, 2013

Joseph F. Ciccone, 84, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Wellington Heights Personal Care Home.

He was born May 19, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Giovanna (Manacchio) and Felice Ciccone.

He was a member of S.S.C.D.

He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing bingo, socializing and watching old movies on AMC.

He was a former member of the Army and Navy Club.

He worked for Lori’s Footwear in Big Run.

Surviving relatives include a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Lyle C. Knapp, 77

May 28, 2013

Lyle C. Knapp, 77, of Baxter, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Baxter, Pa., a son of the late Curtis and Mable Rhoades Knapp.

Mr. Knapp married Hazel Geist on Jan. 28, 1956.

She preceded him in death.

Lyle was a laborer at Glen-Gery Brick (formerly Hanley Brick), where he retired on March 1, 1998.

His hobbies included hunting, gardening and farming.

He is survived by a brother, Dave Knapp of Trenton N.C.; a sister, Alberta Bish of Kingsville, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

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