Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you missed the Eddie James Aug. 31 concert at Barclay Square due to the football game and other scheduling conflicts, then Wednesday is your chance to see him for free at the Alliance Church located in Young Township.
Drinda Smith is the organizer of the original event, which was held to honor the memory of her son, Joel Riggleman, 19, and teens Sean McConnaughey, 18, and Dylan Behrendt, 19, all of Punxsutawney, who
died in a car crash near Dayton in November of 2011.
Smith said James had contacted her several weeks ago and said he and his
(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
P.P. Long, proprietor of the Racket store, in the Beyer building, G.H. Wise, of the firm of Wise Bros, and P.C. Edelblute, of the Edelblute Brosâ€™ dry good establishment are at Clearfield this week attending court.
Georjean Brady, 71, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Stump Creek, a daughter of the late Fred â€śBarneyâ€ť and Mary (Magolis) Quashnock.
On May 26, 1962, she married William C. Brady. He survives.
She was a loving wife and mother.
She enjoyed fishing with her husband, painting, arts and crafts, crocheting and her friends at the Senior Center.
Georjean was named the Jefferson County Senior Corps-RSVP top volunteer for February in 2012, by Community Action, Inc.
Christopher Brandner, 28, of Glen Campbell, Pa., died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Glen Campbell.
He was born May 29, 1984, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., a son of Jerold W. and Eileen Joy (Williamson) Brandner.
He was a welder by trade.
He is survived by his father, Jerold W. Brandner, Jr.; two sisters, Catherine Byers of Mahaffey, Pa., and Rachel Morgan of Wylie, Texas; two nieces, Ava Mattis and Audrey Byers, both of Mahaffey, Pa.; his grandparents, Stanley and Rose Smith of Glen Campbell, Pa.; and by one aunt, Althea Galiowski, of North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Joyce Hughes, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.
She was born May 24, 1932, in Harpursville, N.Y., a daughter of Reuel and Georgia (Starbird) Smith.
She was married August 28, 1954, in Harpursville, N.Y., to John H. Hughes, who survives.
She attended Cornell University.
She was a homemaker.
She was a strong believer in education and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney and was very active in various committees.
Dora E. Palmer, 88, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Domb) Wolfgang.
She was married to Ward J. Palmer, who preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 2007.
She was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church.
She was a former employee of Ruth and Harryâ€™s Restaurant.
She enjoyed quilting and other crafts.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After a crowd-roaring three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, Punxsy could not ride the wave of momentum to victory on Friday night.
Rival DuBois proved to be too strong for Punxsy by scoring the gameâ€™s final 11 points over the last 2:51 to take away a 50-40 boysâ€™ basketball victory in Punxsutawney.
â€śIt was the same old record,â€ť explained Chucks head coach Dirk Neal. â€śWe had too many missed easy baskets and putbacks. We canâ€™t finish.â€ť
The inability to finish was never more evident then during one stretch in the final period.
It was a night fit for royalty Friday, as the PAHS Winter Queen and Princess were crowned at halftime of the boysâ€™ varsity basketball game.
After a ceremony at the beginning of halftime, Maija Carol (left, with escort Caesar Maruca) was named queen, with Lauren Kachmar (right, with escort Devan Snyder) being crowned princess.
BIG RUN â€” Only minor injuries were reported when a school bus carrying students from the Punxsutawney Area School District crashed into the front porch of a house at 3:05 p.m. Friday, at 226 West Main St. in Big Run Borough.
For the full story, including comments from the home's owner, as well as PASD Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe, pick up Saturday's print edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Area School District, in cooperation with Punxsutawney Borough, will be holding a School and Community Forum on Feb. 26, to discuss the issue of school safety and security.
"This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) auditorium and will include a panel of local first responders and other local officials," said Dr. Keith Wolfe,
Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent.