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Archive - Sep 10, 2013

Family of Punxsy veteran KIA in Vietnam re-opens history through comrade’s connection

September 10, 2013

(Editor's Note: In this piece submitted by Peggy Anthony, the Punxsy woman details a bit more of the history of her nephew, Private Thomas W. Steele, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.

Steele's remains were returned to Pennsylvania in 2005 and buried with his mother in the Perry Memorial Cemetery in Frostburg. His name is on the Vietnam Monument in Barclay Square.

Council urges pedestrians to exercise safety precautions when walking on dark streets

September 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — At Monday's meeting, Borough Council discussed pedestrian safety after recent complaints about persons walking down McHugh Avenue in dark clothing on the wrong side of the road.

Borough Council and Punxsutawney Borough Police are asking all pedestrians to use caution when walking at night.

Pedestrians, the council and the police said, are asked to wear light-colored clothing, so that they may be seen by approaching vehicles. They are also asked to walk facing traffic.

Read the full borough council story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Paying tribute for one’s service

September 10, 2013

PCS 11th-grader Caleb Bowser (left) is pictured gifting a drawing of a helicopter to Gregory Anthony, of the 1-104 Aviation/Agency/Army based in Johnstown after Anthony’s presentation of a United States flag to the Punxsutawney Christian School last week.

Boys' soccer drops a scorcher to DuBois

September 10, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY— You may not think soccer is a contact sport, and if you don't, well, you're wrong.

There is, however, no denying the conditioning that it takes to run up and down the field 80 minutes at the high school level.

With a heat index that was through the roof on Tuesday, both the DuBois Beavers and the Punxsy Chucks were struggling to battle through the scorcher.

Even the most well-conditioned athletes struggled with the humidity.

If standing outside for just a brief moment didn't make you realize it, watching Punxsy and DuBois players cramp up and even throw up did.

Helen A. Gudalis, 101

September 10, 2013

Helen A. Gudalis, 101, DuBois, formerly of Sykesville, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Christ the King Manor.

She was born Aug. 14, 1912, in Walston, a daughter of the late Peter Tersine and Louise DeFlora.

She was married to William G. Gudalis, Sr. He preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1989.

She was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sykesville and was a long-time member of the A.B.V.M. Rosary Society.

She enjoyed cooking, shopping and her family.

Blaine E. Heckman Sr., 70

September 10, 2013

Blaine E. Heckman Sr., 70, of Brookville, went home to be with his Lord in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 6, 1943, in Punxsutawney, he was the son of John W. and Olive (Snyder) Heckman, the youngest of five children.

His life of 70 years was full of dedication to hard work, but never lacking in joy.

Those who knew Blaine were always cheered by his light-hearted humor.

His entrepreneurial spirit was evidenced by various successful endeavors.

Florence “Dolly” Kelso, 82

September 10, 2013

Florence “Dolly” Kelso, 82, of Brookville, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, after an extended battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Dolly was born on May 7, 1931.

She was married for 25 years to Allen R. Hetrick, who died in 1979 at the young age of 54.

In 1981, she married William G. Kelso, who died in 2011 at the age of 92.

She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Kettin) Bockoras.

She was born and raised on “B” street in Brookville and moved 50 yards down the same street and made her own home for the rest of her life.

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