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January 29th

Get ‘em while they’re hot! WPC to bring flaming pizzas, other tricks to town

January 30, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It's a spicy, hot pizza — and we do mean hot — when World Pizza Champion (WPC) Patt Miller returns to Punxsutawney to flip his flaming pizzas as part of this weekend's Groundhog Day festivities.

Rob McCoy, director of the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC), said Miller will headline several performances in the Jackson Theater and in Barclay Square throughout the holiday weekend.

Daniel C. Gresock, 59

January 29, 2013

Daniel C. Gresock, 59, Uniontown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

He was born July 23, 1953, in Hollidaysburg, a son of the late Daniel B. Gresock and Elaine (Deeley) Gresock.

He was severely injured in 1970 as a result of an automobile accident. At the time, he was a senior at Hollidaysburg High School.

He previously resided in Punxsutawney, Anita and Warren.

He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg.

Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Cheryl

Daniel C. Gresock, 59

January 29, 2013

Daniel C. Gresock, 59, Uniontown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

He was born July 23, 1953, in Hollidaysburg, a son of the late Daniel B. Gresock and Elaine (Deeley) Gresock.

He was severely injured in 1970 as a result of an automobile accident at the time he was a senior at Hollidaysburg High School.

He previously resided in Punxsutawney, Anita and Warren.

He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg.

Scott Reitz, 66

January 29, 2013

Scott Reitz, 66, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, after fighting a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born in Brookville, on July 3, 1946, a son of Ruby and Donald Reitz, and was lovingly raised by his paternal grandparents, Effie Cora and Clair Reitz.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1965 and always thought Groundhog Day should be a national holiday.

He served in the Army Reserves from 1966-72.

Completing meat-cutting school in Toledo, Ohio, he then began his career with the Golden Dawn stores.

January 28th

GROUNDHOG CLASSIC WRESTLING

January 29, 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.

All for the cause of education: PAEA gives back to groups that teach kids in other areas

January 29, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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
Memorial Library.

"PAEA donates money to community organizations three or four times each year," he said.

'Hoops for Hope' night for Route 36 girls' basketball

January 29, 2013

By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit

BROOKVILLE — 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.

Now you see it, now you don’t: 15th-annual Comedy Extravaganza waves through town this weekend

January 28, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — 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 — 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.

Deputy warden of Jefferson Co. Jail resigns, replacement to be sought

January 28, 2013

By Matthew Triponey
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE — 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

January 28, 2013

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.

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