Archive - 2013
Gary Godak of Punxsutawney is pictured getting into his 2003 Mack tandem dump truck, following inspection on Monday.
Godak plows the Route 36 South portion of the highway out toward Johnsonburg Road.
Read all about PennDOT's winter preparation in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It takes courage to follow the path that God is leading you down, especially when that path leads to something you have never tried before.
Though often plagued with fears of failure, one must keep on forging ahead, and for local woman Barb Schall, that is exactly what she has done.
Read about Schall's journey in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
October 6, 1897
Free Methodist Meeting
Twelve men and twelve women from the Greensburg district, who had been in attendance at the Free Methodist conference in Ridgway, were in town on Monday on their way home. Having a couple of hours to wait before securing transportation to Indiana, they resolved to utilize the time in holding a meeting.
Cynthia E. Heschke, 52, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Cynthia was born March 2, 1961, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Velma (Himes) Smouse, who survives, of Soldier.
She was married to Richard H. Heschke, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Cynthia worked many years for the Head Start Program as a teacherâs aide.
She was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church and also attended the Punxsutawney Church of the Nazerene.
She loved traveling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, Zumba and children.
Pictured is Frank Mondi (center) receiving a granite plaque from the Circle Hill Cemetery Association in appreciation of his 50 years of service in caring for the grounds over these many years.
The plaque will be mounted on the exterior of the Circle Hill Cemetery building with the following words of dedication: âIn appreciation of Frank Mondi for fifty years service. Circle Hill Cemetery Association.â
WASHINGTON D.C. â Sunday, Oct. 13, began as any other day, but for one local citizen, a trip to Washington, D.C., would be a trip that he would never forget.
Pastor George Rathmell of Punxsutawney traveled to Washington, D.C., and attended a protest at the U.S. National World War II Memorial to support veterans.
Read his story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Senior Night is a moment that every athlete looks forward to, and a night that every athlete will remember for the rest of his or her life.
When the nine Punxsutawney senior football players â Matt Burkett, Andrew Bullers, Christian Falgout, Jonathan Voss, Clayton Dale, Will Curtis, Josh Schuckers, Jesse Walk, Parker Weaver â took the field to be recognized prior to Friday's game, they had their moment they've been waiting for.
Hereâs a list of local trick-or-treat/Halloween events:
â¢ Brookville â Halloween will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 31.
The parade will be held at 5 p.m., starting at the Y.M.C.A. and ending at the Brookville Fire Dept. on Madison Avenue.
Trick-or-treating will begin at 5:30 p.m., immediately after the parade, and will continue until 8 p.m.
â¢ Big Run Borough â Big Run Borough will hold trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Trick or treaters are to go only to homes with the porch light on.
At long last, the detours that have plagued Punxsy have ended, as the new bridge carrying Route 36 over Sawmill Run in Punxsutawney was opened to normal traffic patterns on Friday.
According to Deborah Casadei, PennDOT District 10 public information officer, work will continue on the project under flagger-controlled lane restrictions.
This $1,091,540 bridge replacement project is being completed by M & B Services, LLC of Clarion.
The bridge has been closed since August.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the Christmas season looming ahead and Christmas decorations already on store shelves, Christmas carols are just
around the corner.
Knowing that is the case, you may be looking for a concert to get your vocal chords warmed up for the season. If that is so, mark your calendars for the Sara Evans Concert, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC).
For details, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.