Archive - 2013
Ernest Eugene Certo, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 14, 2013,
at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born May 5, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Spader) Certo.
He was a Navy Seaman 1st Class, serving during World War II on the USS Saratoga, which sailed the Pacific and Northwest Pacific.
The ship was bombed by Japanese Kamikaze pilots off the shores of Iwo Jima; many men perished that day, and Seaman Certo was one of the wounded.
He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals during his service in the United States Navy.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The day started off a bit cloudy and grey, but by evening the sun rose high in the sky and began shining down at just the right moment â the Survivor Ceremony.
The Relay for Life of Punxsutawney event was held Saturday, with 13 teams participating in this yearâs event, which raised over $39,000, according to Jessica Carbaugh, Relay for Life representative.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
âą Sunday, July 14
â 10 a.m. Deadline for arrival of 4-H and voc. market animals
â 12 p.m. Deadline for sheep and swine entries
â 12 to 3:30 p.m. Rabbit entries
â 1 to 5 p.m. Poultry judging and cooping
â 1 to 6 p.m. General exhibit entries received (including 4-H general entries and Project Books)
â 1:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies with emcee Karen Uplinger, speaker Pastor Leon Blose from Pleasant Valley Methodist and music arranged by Lee Grace Foulkrod of Sykesville
â 2:30 p.m. Queen and Junior Queen competitions (no princess or junior princess competitions this year)
Following some renovations, Miller Brothers Furniture in downtown Punxsutawney reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning. Some of the changes include new products and a âpottery barnâ look.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Donald K. Schrock, Jr., 53, of Jay, Maine, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013, following complications from a life-long illness of primary immune deficiency disease.
He was born on July 27, 1957, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., the son of Donald (Kerm) and Janet (Kiehl) Schrock, Sr. of Winthrop, Maine, and both formerly of Punxsutawney.
He was the grandson of Gene and Hazel (Stahlman) Kiehl and Ezra and Jeanette (Snyder) Schrock, all life-long residents of the Punsxy area until their passings.
Music in the Park for 2013 kicked off Thursday night in Barclay Square with the classic rock band Crisis.
Thankfully, there was not a drop of rain in sight, and attendees relaxed in their lawnchairs while enjoying the free concert.
Denny and the Gang (Sharp Tones), with their 50s and 60s sound, will take the stage next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the second Music in the Park performance of the season.
It's time to fight back against cancer, and this Saturday, the American Cancer Society will be holding its annual Relay for Life in Barclay Square.
Participating in this event, among other groups, will be the Betty's Angels Relay Team, which will be holding its 1st Annual Footprints for Hope, 5K Run/Walk, at 9 a.m. Saturday morning in Barclay Square.
Race day registration will run from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., with all proceeds from this event being donated to cancer research.
Pictured is Doug Craft, a member of Betty's Angels Relay Team who will be participating in the event.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PennDOT would like to remind travelers that Route 36 in Punxsutawney Borough, which was scheduled to close on July 8, will now close on July 29, due to delays in utility moves as a result of the recent flooding.
Beginning Monday, July 29, Route 36 (West Mahoning Street) will be closed between the intersections of Walnut Street and Foundry Street for the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 36 over Sawmill Run.
A detour will be in place using Route 436 and Route 119. This detour will be in place until November of this year.
Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Kate Horner (pictured above during a game last week) hit a go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the second inning of Punxsyâs game against West Point on Wednesday to help lead the Punxsy squad to a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the Little League Softball State Tournament. Punxsy looks to improve to 2-0 tonight against Bald Eagle. For a full recap, see Page 6 of Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is gearing up for the ninth
annual event to be held in Punxsutawney, with this yearâs theme being
âWizard of Oz: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a Cure! There is no place