Archive - 2013
Leone C. Howard, 97, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.
She was born April 2, 1916, in Porter Township, Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Howard) Conway.
She attained an associate degree in criminology from IUP and was employed most of her life as a secretary for municipal governments.
She was married in Virginia on March 15, 1950, to Thomas Howard, Jr, who preceded her in death.
She was a Presbyterian by faith and was formerly a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney before moving from the area.
It was an all-around solid performance for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old softball All-Stars Tuesday night in Saegertown, as they opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over the host.
Grace Aikens (pictured here) belted a two-RBI double and pitched two scoreless innings to help her team earn the victory.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The schedule for today's activities at the Groundhog Festival is as follows:
â€˘ 10 a.m. â€” Registration for the Three-Wheel Race (ages 3-4);
â€˘ 10:30 a.m. â€” Registration for Three-Wheel Race II (ages 5-7);
â€˘ 10:30 a.m. â€”Â Three-Wheel Race I;
â€˘ 11 a.m. â€” Three-Wheel Race II;
â€˘ 11 a.m. â€” Registration for Scooter Race (ages 7-9, no power-assisted scooters);
â€˘11:30 am. â€” Scooter Race;
â€˘ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. â€” Make-A-Wish Face Painting;
It's time for the 18th Annual Community Center 5K/2-mile Walk, which will be held tonight at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Punxsutawney Community Center, a non-profit organization.
Race registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the actual race will begin at 7 p.m. in front of Barclay Square and the Eagles.
Pictured here are Dan McGinley, assistant to the director of the Community Center (left), and Rob McCoy, director of the Community Center, standing behind the official T-shirts that will be worn.
Jacob Tyger (right) celebrates with his teammates after slugging a clutch walk-off double to award the Punxsy Junior All-Stars the 7-6 eight-inning comeback win Monday night in Punxsy. Tyger went 2-for-5 from the plate with a double, an RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Tyger also picked up the win at the mound for Punxsy, throwing five innings with one strikeout, one walk and one run allowed on five hits.
For a full write-up on the game, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit
Groundhog Festival schedule for Tuesday, July 2
â€˘ 9:30 a.m. â€” Registration for the Teddy Bear Picnic (to be held inside on the second floor of the Eagles, across from Barclay Square).
Categories include Get Well Bear; Graduation Bear; Occupational Bear; All-American Bear; and My Bear and I (dressed alike);
â€˘ 10 a.m. â€” Teddy Bear Picnic begins (sponsored by Punxsutawney Career
â€˘ 10 a.m. to noon â€” Children's activities (ages 6 to 12) at the Lattimer
The Career Womenâ€™s Club recently named Diane Neal its 2012-13 Woman of the Year.
Pictured here after the award presentation are (from left) Stacy Volchko, 2011-12 Woman of the Year; Neal; Dana Taggart, Nealâ€™s daughter; and Mary Troise, Nealâ€™s granddaughter.
Terrance Lynn Hodgson, 72, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at home.
He was born March 21, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ralph and Edith (Wood) Hodgson Fye.
On March 21, 1964, he married the former Marcella Raye McAdoo. She survives.
Terry previously worked for P&N Coal, and Valier Coal Yard, as a parts man.
He enjoyed spending his time at Walker's Service Station.
Sara D. Fox, 75, of Big Run, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
She was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Hiriam and Mary Rebecca (Cressley) White.
On June 1, 1957, she married Charles Leroy Fox. He survives.
She was a member of the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
Joseph Anthony Cianciotti, 67, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, June 30, 2013 at home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1945, in Yonkers, N.Y., a son of Nicholas Cianciotti of Cape Coral, Fla., and the late Olga (Valesquez) Cianciotti.
On Oct. 8, 1988, he married the former Monica Sue Mikelonis. She survives.
They would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in October.
He was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Cianciotti worked as a locomotive engineer for B&P Railroad for over 30 years.