Archive - 2013
On Tuesday evening at The Spirit, Alexis Young (front, right) signs her official letter of intent to run for the St. Bonaventure University women's cross country team this fall.
Young is joined by her mother, Tianda (front, left), and father, John (back, left), along with Punxsy head coach Geore Wehrle (back, right).
Helman's Boxing held a Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing event at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) last Saturday night and raised $2,200 that was donated to the center.
Pictured is Rob McCoy (right), executive director of PACC, receiving the check from Alex London (left), 12, who was the winner of his 95-pound bout, which was stopped by the referee in the second round because he was dominating the match.
Helman's Boxing recently moved its practice facility into the second floor above the PACC Fitness Center in the old school board meeting room.
BROCKWAY â€” The staff of Butler County Community College (BC3) visited Brockway Area High School to announce that it will be bringing a campus to Jefferson County in Brockway.
"Butler County Community College was the first community college in Western Pennsylvania, and, therefore, we are the pioneers," said Susan Changnon, director of communications and marketing at BC3, who introduced the speakers for the day. "And so, today, I'm thinking, we're still pioneering."
Read the full story in Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Tuesday, workers continued to clean up property along Route 119 in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, following a diesel spill on Monday.
A benefit event for Donna J. Rhoades will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday at the Punxsy Eagles Club.
Rhoades, who was a former Groundhog Festival Committee member and former owner of Winslow Pizza, began battling uterine/ovarian cancer back in 2010.
After a long series of treatments and PET scans were completed, Rhoades was thought to be cancer-free.
Months later, another PET scan was conducted, and Rhoades was diagnosed with a cancerous lymph node in her abdomen.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Rhoadesâ€™ medical and travel expenses.
Leroy Dallas Bloom, 71, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Bloom was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ralph and Effie (McHenry) Bloom.
Leroy was a retired farmer and truck driver and was the owner of Bloom Trucking.
He enjoyed going to antique tractor pulls with his friends.
James L. Sherry, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Mr. Sherry was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Juneau, a son of the late Harry E. and Hazel (McDowell) Sherry.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was married to Barbara Ann (Tyger) Sherry, who survives, of Juneau.
He was a member of Valley Chapel Church.
Mr. Sherry worked 43 years for B & P Railroad before retiring.
He was a member of the FCRV Family Campers and Hikers and the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534 in Punxsutawney.
Monday night, the Jefferson County Geriatric Interest Network conducted a Community Education Night at The Foundry in Reynoldsville for the elderly members of the community.
The purpose of the event was to provide education about elder abuse and ways to prevent it.
The main speaker at the event was Jodi Reitz, protective services supervisor, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging. Reitz informed those in attendance about the different forms of elder abuse and what her organization does to help those being abused.
The Mahoning Hills Players recently had a great time getting together once again for a skit.
Skits first started at the center under the direction of
friend and center participant Betty Spencer.
Spencer has moved away from this area, but the skits have become an ongoing tradition every chance there is to perform.
The actors had a great time, as did the audience that attended.
James L. "Muggs" Shaffer Jr., 55, Brookville, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born June 2, 1957, in Brookville, a son of the late James Lee Shaffer Sr. and Lois Lucille Wolfe Shaffer.
He worked as an assemblyman for Beverage Air in Brookville. He was an avid outdoorsman.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Deb Campbell of Brookville; a brother, Kevin M. Shaffer (Diane) of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Jenna Roach and Katelynn Shaffer.
Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at
McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.