Archive - 2013
The annual Groundhog Classic and Groundhog Novice youth wrestling tournaments were held last Saturday and Sunday at the Punxsutawney Area High School gymnasium. The tournaments put six mats to nonstop use as more than 560 wrestlers grappled in the events. (Top left photo) Young newcomer Hunter Dobson is taken down in his bout. (Top right photo, right) Izaiah Kanouff takes control of a victorious bout against a Brockway opponent. (Bottom photo) Ben Skarbek has position over a Curwensville foe, whom the Punxsy wrestler went on to defeat.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA) donated money to various non-profit organizations that offer programs for school children in the Punxsutawney Area School District.
"Part of the dues we pay each year go toward a community project," said Jeff Kuntz, social studies and math teacher at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School at a presentation held Monday at the Punxsutawney
"PAEA donates money to community organizations three or four times each year," he said.
By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” Two rivals never need any assistance to play hard against one another. Tonight, the Route 36 girls' basketball rematch between Punxsy and Brookville will take place in Brookville.
The rivalry game, though, will have a special color of pink seen throughout the Brookville High School gymnasium.
It will be "Hoops for Hope" night, with proceeds going to support Relay for Life. The funds and awareness are put toward helping in the efforts to save lives from cancer.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For those seeking a bit of additional exciting entertainment this Groundhog Day weekend, look no further.
The 15th Annual Magic Mike's Groundhog "Club Comedy Nights Extravaganza" will be held at the Rooftop of the Pantall Hotel.
The event will take place on Feb. 1 and 2, with four different shows being held.
Friday night will feature two shows â€” one starting at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, two other shows will be held, with one at 6 p.m. and
the other at 8 p.m.
By Matthew Triponey
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE â€” The deputy warden of the Jefferson County Jail, Brian Sneeringer, has decided to move on to "bigger and better things" and thus has submitted his resignation effective Feb. 8, Warden Tom Elbel announced at the most recent meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board.
Paul Corbin, chairman of the county commission, said that the county would begin advertising the open position in the local media.
Barbara Lucille (Bell) Heitzenrater, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born March 15, 1929, in Potter County, a daughter of the late Walter D. Lightner and Marian Bell.
On Jan. 22, 1948, she married Ray Curry Heitzenrater.
He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1988.
She attended the First Assembly of God Church and really loved going to church.
She enjoyed cooking at holiday times and being with her family and grandchildren.
Barbara was a member of the Moose 954 and Slovak Club.
She really liked to Polka dance.
The Rev. William C. Summers, Jr., was born to eternal life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
He spent 91 years on this earth and was loved by many whose lives he blessed.
Rev. Summers was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Charleston W. Va., to William and Latitia Summers, who preceded him in death.
Also preceding him were his first wife, Eava Elizabeth Carrico; his daughter, Letitia Ru Peace; and six brothers and sisters.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Kathryn R. Good Summers, of Old Hickory, Tenn; a son, William and wife Patricia of Old Hickory,
Bo Dinger (left) and Alexis Young (right) were named as The Spirit's Fall Sports Outstanding Player for the boys and girls, respectively, and both were stars on their respective cross country teams.
Young, a four-year Lady Chucks runner, helped her team capture the District IX championship for the first time in three years. After being last fall's Outstanding Player runner-up, the senior received 33.4 percent of the vote total â€” or 402 of the 1,203 female ballots cast.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” As the old saying goes, "You're not in Texas anymore" â€” a saying that certainly applies to Greg Smith, the new senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney who, until recently, was a resident of the Houston, Texas, area.
"I grew up in the small town of Albion â€” not the one in Punxsy, the one in western Pennsylvania â€” and it is small like here and is about 25 miles southwest of Erie," Smith said, adding that he lived there until he was 21 years of age.
"So, becoming the senior pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsy is like coming home again," he said.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a case of theft by deception involving $1,400 in counterfeit bills.
According to police, unknown actor(s) made purchases at Wal-Mart using what turned out to be 14 counterfeit $100 bills, before fleeing the scene.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Friday at Wal-Mart.
Anyone with information should contact police at 938-0510.