Archive - 2013
William J. â€śJiggsâ€ť Covatch, Sr., 86 of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Oct.r 7, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Covatch was born on Nov. 24, 1926, in Rossiter, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Nancy L. (Restifo) Covatch on April 23, 2002 â€” they were married March 24, 1951 â€” and by his son, William Jerry Covatch, Jr., on Oct. 12, 1985.
He was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Korean War.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” The Lady Chucks seventh-and eighth-grade basketball team took to the floor again Tuesday against Curwensville.
As has been the story all year, the Lady Chucks won both games, as the seventh-grade team won 45-16, and the eighth-grade team won 34-5.
For one team to have a perfect record is impressive, but for both teams to have one, that just speaks volumes of the program and talent that Punxsy has.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” Students were temporarily evacuated from the Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School at 576 Vo Tech Rd. in Winslow Township on Monday morning as the result of a bomb threat written on the bathroom wall.
DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported Monday that the threat was reported at 9:25 a.m. and that the actors are undetermined.
Police said the actors wrote, "There are bombs in the school," in a restroom area of the school.
The school was temporarily evacuated, and a state police explosives dog was brought to the scene.
A large group of people (pictured above and below) lined West Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsutawney with placards and signs promoting the pro-life movement on Sunday.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
On Monday, Scott Anthony of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney announced the final totals for the 12th annual Pizza & Prevention fundraiser that was held on Saturday.
Anthony said there were 5,392 pizzas and pizza coupons sold and $1,600 in tips for a total of $50,721.12.
Pictured above is Henry Braunns of the Punxsutawney Central Fire Department preparing two pizzas for delivery on Saturday.
Helen F. Huss, 104, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Stoneridge Towne Center in Myerstown, Pa.
She was born Oct. 7, 1909, in Walston, the daughter of the late Stephen and Suzan Golias.
She was married to Paul A. Huss, who preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1998.
She is survived by one grandson, Daniel Ranshaw of Myerstown, Pa.; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Ranshaw; two brothers, George and Stephen Golias; and by four sisters, Martha, Anna, Mary and Helen.
Frank C. Cackowski, 74, of Rochester Mills, formerly of Latrobe, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Cackowski was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Loylahanna, Pa., a son of the late Marcus and Mary (Kubistek) Cackowski.
He was married to Barbara E. (Pluchinsky) Cackowski, who survives, of Rochester Mills. They were married Dec. 22, 1978.
He was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church.
Frank was retired after 42 years at Latrobe Steel, and after retirement, he became interested in beef farming.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” For the 12th year in a row, Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsutawney on Saturday set another record for pizza and coupon card sales for Pizza and Prevention, with the proceeds going to the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Den in Punxsutawney, said that they sold 5,392 pizzas â€” which calculates to a little over $50,000 and includes $9.11 charged for each pizza or pizza coupon sold, including tips for one day of sales from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
See Monday's edition of The Spirit for the full story.
At Fridayâ€™s game against Clarion-Limestone, the Punxsutawney Area High School cheerleaders sported their pink T-shirts which read, "Let's tackle this together" as a part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
(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.)
September 29, 1897
Arm Broken and Leg Dislocated
Mrs. Elizabeth Chambers, of this place, went to an inclosure last Sunday evening to untie her cow, which was tethered by a long rope.
As she did so the cow started to run and her feet became entangled in the rope, throwing her violently to the ground.