Archive - 2013
(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 Teresa Neal.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Teresa Neal is a recognizable face around town.
You may recognize her from the Punxsutawney Career Link Center, or perhaps you have seen her at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
BROCKWAY â€” At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, scanner transmissions called all Brockway Fire Department personnel to quarters to await instruction, and shortly afterward, authorities from across the area â€” including law enforcement from Brookville and Reynoldsville â€” were called to respond to a staging area on Cemetery Road in the part of Brockway known as Cemetery Hill.
As personnel responded, the nature of the call was revealed, as they were warned that â€ślots of shootingâ€ť had taken place.
The ribbon was cut Wednesday at the new West End Tire Center on
West Mahoning Street at the location of the former West End Sunoco station. Pictured (from left) are Katie Laska, board member of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce; Michele Neal, executive director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce; and Tony Fallara and Eddy Vanderpool, co-owners of West End Tire Center.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
The official groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday evening for the Cobblestone Hotel, which will be located near Walmart on Alliance Drive.
The 36-room hotel, which will have a swimming pool and conference room â€” isn't expected to be completed until spring 2014.
John J. Tote, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Mr. Tote was born Nov. 14, 1921, the son of the late Stephen and Tilly (Chumbas) Tote.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose M. (Barber) Tote.
Mr. Tote was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.
He was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He enjoyed carpentry, square dancing, polka, golfing and hunting and was an avid bingo player.
According to scanner reports from Thursday afternoon, local authorities have responded to an area referred to as Cemetery Hill in Brockway in response to multiple shots being fired.
According to WJAC-TV, "a state police spokesperson in Harrisburg confirmed one state trooper was injured in what was described as an 'ongoing situation' on Cemetery Hill Road."
Scanner reports also stated that area schools were on lockdown.
Please exercise caution in this area.
Further details will be released when they become available.
Punxsy Lions Club members said they will be out holding the white canes at the intersection of Hampton Avenue, East Mahoning Street and Front Street by the Central Fire Department and at the Margiotti Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pictured (from left) are Rob Burkett, Butch Young, Denny Rebuck and Mike Ruffner of the Punxsy Lions Club.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Despite being just a junior, standout catcher Ryan Sloniger already knows where he'll be playing college ball.
Patricia Ann â€śTrishâ€ť Kruckow, age 60, of East Liberty Street in Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at her home.
Born on Aug. 19, 1953, in Elmira, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph L. and Ruth N. (Richards) Kruckow. They both survive and live in DuBois.
She worked for many years with the disabled at various group homes in the area.
She enjoyed bowling, yard sales and working outdoors. She loved Groundhog Day and all things related to Punxsy Phil. She also enjoyed coming to DuBois and spending the weekend with her parents.
Crews from all three stations in the Punxsutawney Fire Department were called to a structure fire at 18301 Route 36 on Wednesday around 8:30 p.m.
For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.