Archive - 2013
Here comes the jolly old elf Santa Claus, who is pictured in a past Home for the Holidays Parade.
This year's annual parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 30. It will begin at the Punxy Plaza and march to Barclay Square.
The registration deadline for those whoâ€™d like to have a float in the parade is Monday.
Call the chamber at 938-7700 to register.
For more details on the parade, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Following numerous incidents of people dumping garbage at the Young Township Recycling bins located behind the township building on the Walston Road, a sign indicating a $300 littering fine has been put in place.
Mary Ann Redding, township secretary-treasurer, reminded everyone who uses the site that there's a surveillance camera in use 24/7.
For the full story, including discussion over delinquent sewer accounts and a pending resignation, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
During the fall meeting of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR), Barbara Fortunato (left) and Diane Genevro (right) were the recipients of the 2013 Lauretta Woodson Award for their outstanding service to the students and residents of the Brockway Area School District.
Betty Elza, Education Support Committee chairwoman (center), presented the awards on behalf of the chapter.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Ivan Robert Kunselman, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at home.
He was born May 11, 1930, at the Kunselman Farm in Porter Township, a son of the late Murtten Byron and Martha (Yarger) Kunselman.
He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Marie Reed, who he married on Oct. 2, 1950.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Robert I. Kunselman and wife Betty of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Louise Vasbinder and
There will be a benefit lasagna dinner for Ken Thom this Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grange Church of God.
Back in June, Ken had a heart valve replacement. The surgery went well, and he was able to go home to Ridgway.
July 11, Ken ended up back in the ICU in Pittsburgh after contracting pneumonia. He was in a medically induced coma for more than a few months.
Sept. 17, Ken was flown to the Cleveland Clinic.
On Sept. 28, he was alert and able to watch television.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce named the 2013 Business of the Year at Thursday's annual luncheon.
Find out the winner in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Members of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce on hand for the annual luncheon included (front, from left) Jack Lingenfelter, Jodi Presloid, Patty Schreckengost, Katie Laska, Debbie Parise, Aggie Ott; (back) Rick Nesbitt, Michele Neal, Jim Cassidy and Jeff Curtis.
The students at SS.C.D. School celebrated a night out at the movies last week at the Jackson Theater.
The entire school participated in dress-down days, during which students paid a dollar each to dress
There were four different themes for dress-down days, and money raised was donated to the Jackson Theater for the projector fund.
A total of $224 was raised and presented to Rob McCoy, Punxsutawney Area Community Center director. For their generosity, the students were treated to a movie called â€śThe Croods.â€ť
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Kimberly Hetrick.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Kimberly Hetrick is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as the owner of Kimberlyâ€™s Cut Above, where she
is a stylist, or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Lee Lukehart, 72, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born July 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Jeanne (Bidwell) Lukehart.
She worked at the Punxsutawney Historical and Genealogical Society.
She enjoyed quilting, making stained glass, making kaleidoscopes and interior decorating.
She lived in Florida for 10 years and also in Alabama for another 10 years and then returned to Punxsutawney to be near her brother.
Mary Belle Neal, 88, formerly of Rossiter, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.
She was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Butler, Pa.
She was married to Lawrence Neal, who preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by one son, Frank Neal of Rossiter, and one daughter, Laurabelle Minser of Saint Maries, Idaho.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.