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 Jane Spencer.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Jane Spencer is a recognizable face around town. You may recognize her as the manager of Sycamore Apartments, or perhaps, you have seen her throughout the community.
Wednesday afternoon, Senior Corps-RSVP named Rose Cook as its Volunteer of the Year. Rose volunteers at the Punxsy Hospital and with the Warm Hearts/Warm Hands Project, as well as Toys for Tots.
Pictured here at the banquet where the award was issued are (from left) Chad Horner, representing State Rep. Sam Smithâ€™s office; County Commissioners Jim McIntyre and Paul Corbin; Cook; Janeen Love, Senior Corps-RSVP project director; Barb Mohney, Punxsutawney Area Hospital; and County Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Ryan Joseph Stankewich, 26, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.
He was born Dec. 22, 1986, a son of Stacey Marie Schepis and Daryl Joseph Stankewich.
He was a 2005 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
He graduated from Triangle Tech in 2008.
He was employed as a Union Carpenter with Local No. 947 of Ridgway.
Ryan enjoyed hunting, riding motorcycles, animals, cleaning cars and playing a good game of bingo.
He was a compassionate, loving, caring soul, and he loved his family and friends deeply.
William G. â€śBillâ€ť Fusco, 88, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at UPMC Altoona.
He was born May 13, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joe and Edith (Paladino) Fusco.
On April 17, 1947, he married Phyllis J. (Hewitt) Fusco, who survives.
He was a member of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
He was employed as a salesman for the Phillip Morris Company for more than 30 years.
After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corp, where he served in the Pacific during World War II, serving with the 1st Division.
HARRISBURG â€“ House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) issued the following statement after learning today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved disaster aid for several counties, including Jefferson, impacted by the June 27 flood.
The federal funds will provide reimbursement to local, state and county agencies for costs associated with response and recovery efforts that are continuing after the flood.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” It's been a regular season full up ups and downs for the Lady Chucks' tennis team.
In the final home match of the season, it's only fitting that Punxsy would go out the right way to the tune of a 7-2 win over Brockway.
In their past two maches, the Lady Chucks have outscored the opposition 15-3.
Leading the way for the Lady Chucks was Amber Ward.
Ward won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets over Brockway's Anna Brinkley.
"[Amber] Ward's serves were on target, which helped her cruise to an easy win," head coach Rose Graffius said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The marker that pays tribute to the donated "Indian Mill Stone " in Barclay Square was recently placed in the ground near the stone.
S. Thomas Curry, member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical Society, unveiled the stone marker that pays tribute to the Timblin family, who had the mill stone originally, before it was placed in Barclay Square.
For the full story, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced Wednesday that an educational and informational trail will be the newest addition to come to Gobblerâ€™s Knob. The club received a matching grant from the Jefferson County Hotel Tax Committee to help assist with this project.
This is a project to help promote Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day and to increase the amount of time spent in our community by visitors, the club said. Those visitors will be able to learn about our townâ€™s fascinating history, as well as see a famous landmark at Gobblerâ€™s Knob.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted 6-2 to hire an additional high school biology teacher, but not before the need for an additional teacher was debated between board members and the administration at Tuesday's voting meeting.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, along with Jefferson County EMS, received an award that recognized them for being the largest group to learn CPR on Groundhog Day this past year.