Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to change the tax collector compensation at a special meeting held Thursday.
Prior to the vote by council, Punxsutawney Borough Tax Collector Susan Mitchell said in a statement:
"It's a bit disheartening to realize that my hard work and dedication to my job is not appreciated. I have never received an unfavorable report from any taxing district or auditor. My records have balanced to the penny the entire time I have been in office."
BIG RUN â€” The members of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company want to say â€śthank youâ€ť this weekend for all the help they've received in fund-
raising this past year with a free breakfast to be served at the fire hall on Saturday.
Rick Smith, Big Run Fire Company vice president, said that the free breakfasts that have been held in the past have been for Santa Claus and the kids.
"This one we're holding on Saturday, we decided to do something for the the real supporters of the fire company," Smith said, adding that the fire company had a really good year fundraising in 2012.
Mapleview Elementary School students were encouraged to wear Valentineâ€™s Day-themed attire to school Thursday in order to earn money for their classroom from PTO.
Pictured here are (front, from left) Kaylin Smith, Abby E. Smith, Kira Haught, Charlie Compton, Abby C. Smith, Jaimie Sierzega, Laci Lingenfelter; (back) Emma Dale, Kayla Pearce, Jaide Stockdale, Kaylee Smith, Maggie Aul, David Kunselman, Emmalee Heckendorn
and Grace Hayes.
Margaret Agnes Holes, 90, of Mahaffey, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at her home in Mahaffey.
She was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Madera, Pa., a daughter of John Alexander and Suzie (Davis) Alexander.
She was a lifelong member of McPherron C&MA Church.
She was a graduate of Madera High School.
Mrs. Holes was a homemaker and loved to crochet, quilt and spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
James R. McKee, 83, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Mahaffey, a son of the late James A. and Isabel Mae (Hall) McKee.
He was first married to Norma (Allenbaugh) McKee, who preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 1991.
He then married Isabel M. (Kaufman) McKee, who also preceded him in death, on May 15, 1998.
He was a member of the English Lutheran Church.
He served in the U.S. Army and received the Berlin Air Lift Medal during his service.
He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In most likely the best boysâ€™ basketball game to date this season, the two opponents gave the Senior Night crowd an intense and hard-fought affair.
In the end, Bald Eagle Area proved its mettle with a strong finish to prevail over Punxsy, 61-53, on Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Leading by only two points with six minutes left, the Eaglesâ€™ center, Dennis Fisher, who had a game-high 24 points, netted the next five points and 10 of his team's final 12 points to double up the Chucks, 12-6, for the win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the school year begins to wind down, the PAHS Drama Club is hard at work as it prepares to perform its last play of the school year.
The title of the play is "The High Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy," and it is written by Brian Starchman. The play is a comedy about four 7th graders who are about to embark on the journey of beginning high school.
The night before school is set to begin, they are visited by a couple of guides who show them how to go about surviving at the high school level.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A much-needed upgrade to the Horatio Street Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad crossing was approved by Punxsutawney Borough Council at Monday's voting meeting.
"PennDOT is filing an application with the PUC for the approval to upgrade the railroad flashing lights (currently there are none) and circuitry where Horatio Street Crosses, at grade, the single track owned by B&P Railroad," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager.
The Chucks' Eli Lambiotte controls his Redbank Valley opponent in a match from Jan. 17. Lambiotte was one of seven Punxsy wrestlers to receive forfeits from Bradford on Tuesday night. Keegan Fischer and Brandon Wingert picked up bout wins in the 53-29 victory over the Owls in Bradford. The full story detailing the match can be found in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A win is the same result no matter if it is by 30, or a single point.
On Monday afternoon, Punxsy was happy to have enough to get past Brockway by four points, 35-31, in ninth-grade boys' hoops action in Punxsutawney.
"It was an ugly win, but a win is a win," noted Chucks head coach Todd Heigley.
Punxsy opened the affair by making one more bucket than Brockway for an 8-6 lead. The two opponents play equal in the second period, with each squad totaling seven points for a 15-13 intermission score.