Archive - 2013
Fred E. Bell Jr., 67, went home to be with the Lord after a four-year battle with cancer.
Born to Fred E. Bell Sr. and Mary Alice Bell on Jan. 10, 1946, he spent most of his childhood in Punxsutawney and Pittsburgh.
He met his wife, Kathy, in Pittsburgh, and they were married Dec. 2, 1973.
In 1978, the couple moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where Fred worked for General Motors for 29 years and retired July 1, 2006.
Fred and Kathy retired to Arizona in 2010.
He was an avid hunter, could fix almost anything, enjoyed helping his friends and never expected anything in return.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Does your grass need cut or does it need to be cut? Is there a difference? There is, and it's one that a Punxsutawney native and linguist is eager to study.
Derry Moore is so interested in the roots of language and its usage that he is conducting a research project in the local area as he pursues his doctorate in linguistics at the University at Buffalo â SUNY, in Buffalo, N.Y.
He is looking for 40 residents in the Punxsutawney area â including Rossiter, Anita, Big Run, etc. â between the ages of 30 and 55 to participate in his research project (see below for details).
BROOKVILLE â Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld, for the second time, the murder conviction and death penalty of Robert Gene Rega for the killing of Christopher Lauth, the former night watchman at the Gateway Lodge.
Burkett tried and convicted Rega in June of 2002 for the slaying of Lauth, as well as for robbery and other crimes.
After a sentencing hearing, the jury held that Regaâs crimes warranted death.
Rega then began a lengthy appeal process.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 12:05 p.m. Friday on Route 119 in Big Run, when a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck driven by Lorie A. Lennox, 43, of Big Run, was stopped in the northbound travel lane on Route 119 with an activated left turn signal, waiting to make a turn onto Smyers Street, and it was struck from behind by a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Cammy M. Wardell, 36, of Big Run, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said both vehicles were removed from the travel lanes onto Smyers Street.
The employees and managers of Fezell's County Market in Punxsy have been busy preparing the store's 30th Anniversary celebration.
Pictured in front of the store in the Groundhog Plaza are (listed with their positions and their total years of service, front, from left) Denise Smith, office manager, 29 years; Kaye Brestovich, service desk, 25 years; Heather Hicks, cashier, 18 years; Michelle Shugarts, receiving, 19 years; Patricia G. Fisher, scanning coordinator, 9 years; Judy Jordan, store manager, 9 years; Bob Shemuha, meat cutter, 22 years; George Rumbaugh, meat cutter, 20 years;
Retired coal miners and members of PRIDE'S Coal Memorial Committee Duane Miller (left) and Bob Lott complete work on the finishersâ chute, which will be used in Saturday's Race to the Face.
The race will be held at 9 a.m. this Saturday, beginning at the softball field in DeLancey (also known as Adrian).
For more information, visit www.runpunxsyrun.org, contact Lott at 814-938-4589 or pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Those who came out to Music in the Park on Thursday night in Barclay Square were greeted by some nice, cooler weather and a pair of acts ready to entertain.
First, Randy Paul (pictured) did their thing, then the members of the Grampian Community Band (not pictured) finished things off with their own show.
Donald W. Buffington, 79, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at The Heart of Florida Hospital after enduring a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.
He was formerly of Cogan Station, Pa.
He was born on May 25, 1934, in Beaver Township, Pa., the son of Dalton and Mary (Burkett) Buffington.
Donald was the husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Buffington. They would have observed their 59th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2013.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Tank Division of the 29th Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1955 to 1957.
Punxsy's 9- and 10-year-old softball All-Stars opened their state tournament on Wednesday evening against West Point. Punxsy fell to the formidable West Point by a final score of 4-0. Brianna Hoover (pictured above) and Kendal Johnston had hits for Punxsy, and Johnston also pitched a solid game, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. "I'm proud of the girls," said Punxsy coach Brad Gigliotti. "West Point is traditionally one of the tougher programs in the state.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It will be a big weekend in Barclay Square and at Harmon Field, as many of the Punxsutawney churches are once again joining to celebrate Church in the Park Friday through Sunday.
Peggy McQuown, Church In the Park publicity director, said activities will be held at both locations throughout the weekend and will include activities such as a family movie, FamilyFest and a church service. She said the Movie in the Park will jump start the weekend events on Friday at 8:30 p.m.