Archive - 2013
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Heather Hicks.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you pass by Fezellâs County Market or pay a visit to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, you might just recognize this weekâs familiar face â Heather Hicks.
Once again, the weather âplayed niceâ for Music in the Park, as The Moore Brothers took the stage in Barclay Square Thursday night.
The group (top photo) played a variety of music, including a little bluegrass.
Leticia A. "Laddie" Waltman, 68, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Leticia was born July 9, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anthony Tuman and Angeline (Schuster) Tuman-Bennett.
Mrs. Waltman is survived by her husband of 50 years, John H. Waltman, Sr., of Punxsutawney. They were married July 23, 1963.
Leticia loved going to stock car races and car shows with her husband,
gardening, playing board games with her grandchildren and putting together puzzles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Walking down the halls of Punxsutawney Area High School, you can hear the squeaking of shoes coming from the hardwood floor in the distance. The distinct noise, added to the sound "Let's go girls," can only mean one thing.
Volleyball season is here.
The encouraging words of second-year Head Coach Heather Good shows that the Lady Chucks mean business once again.
After the season the Lady Chucks had last year, expectations are very high.
After defeating Bradford Area High School in the District IX title game, Punxsy went on to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
Violet B. Wolfe, 81, of Brookville, formerly of New Brighton, Ct., passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Brookville Hospital.
Mrs. Wolfe was born June 20, 1932, in Altona, New York, the daughter of the late Frank Hill and Cathleen (Coolidge) Hill.
Violet is survived by her husband, Willis, of Brookville.
A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother,
Voilet loved keeping a beautiful home and being close to her children and grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Motorists in Punxsy continue to deal with two major detours, as the Route 119 Ridge Avenue/Elk Run bridge continues to be closed along with the Saw Mill Run Route 36 / West Mahoning Street bridge in the west end remaining closed. Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager, said that when school resumes, both detours will continue in place.
To see a full story on the precautions being taken and other points, see Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
(Left photo) Jasmine Joiner (left) and Falisha Bopp (right) are receiving advice on how to knock down a fire with a water can fire extinguisher, with assistance from firefighter Neal Snyder during the Firefighter Training Show at the Dayton Fair on Tuesday. (Right photo) Carson Long (left) and Jude Olinger (right) are preparing to fire the water cannon toward the crowd during the Firefighter Training Show at the Dayton Fair on Tuesday. On tap for today at 6 p.m. is the junior livestock auction in the livestock arena and at 7 p.m. at the grandstand is the 4x4 mud bog.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â To say the Punxsutawney Area High School girls' soccer team wants to have a better year is an understatement.
New Head Coach Bridget Rheaume is looking to lead her young Lady Chucks team to a better record, but honing the skills is the most important part of that.
"I want to improve their skills," Rheaume said. "Hopefully, we can end up having more wins because of that."
Through three days of practice, Rheaume said that Emily and Anna Horner, Claire Smith and Courtney Huffman are among the many players that caught her eye early on.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council approved a motion for Public Works to mow the Mahoning Shadow Trail, as requested by the Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association.
Ben White, Punxsutawney borough manager, received a letter from Matthew B. Taladay, president of the Trail Association.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Carley Berk (right) of Shelocta is pictured wearing a balloon hat
that was created by Toodles the clown at the Dayton Fair on Tues-
Wednesday is Military/Veteransâ Appreciation Day at the fair, and all military personnel and veterans will be admitted free of charge.
Featured at the grandstand will be Power Pull Productions presenting Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League with limited pro/super farm tractors, super stock 4x4 trucks, 6300 open 4x4s and 7700 open 4x4s.