Archive - 2013
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Borough Council said that once the sign prohibiting truck traffic is posted on Graffius Avenue and Jenks Avenue during the bridge reconstruction on Route 119 in Elk Run, Punxsutawney Borough Police will increase their patrols to enforce the types of traffic that are permitted on borough streets.
Eric Story, council member, asked if council could place a temporary stop sign at intersection of Jenks and Park Avenue.
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 Marian 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.
Work resumed on the Elk Run Route 119 Bridge project Monday, the first day that contractor Francis Palo Construction has been able to get into the stream and resume working on the bridge following the high water that occurred Thursday, June 27.
For more information, including details on the Sawmill Run Bridge project, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
BROOKVILLE â Representatives of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Office and the 9-1-1 center delivered an update at a meeting of the Jefferson County commissioners on the recent flooding that swept through the area nearly two weeks ago.
"Recovery from this flood alone could take a year or longer in some cases," said Tracy Zents, director of Emergency Services.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Saturday, the Punxsy Eagle Ridersâ Burrow Thunder event roared through town as a way to bring bikes to the forefront and, most importantly, to raise money for the DuBois-Jefferson County Special Olympics.
Leah Grace Droske, 19, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at her motherâs home in North Carolina.
She was born March 22, 1994, in Rochester, N.Y., to Ron Droske, Jr. and Suzanne (Gattone) Powell.
Leah lived in the Dayton area most of her life and graduated from West Shamokin High School in 2012.
She recently worked at Dimaioâs Market as a cashier.
Leah loved horses and in her younger years enjoyed working with her dad at the Dayton Feed Mill.
Singing was her passion in life, and she was known for her amazing voice.
Joseph Anthony Palmer, Jr, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mulberry Square.
He was born August 18, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph A. and Christine Violet (Pape) Palmer, Sr.
On Aug. 9, 1983, he married Rosemarie (Gallo) Perry. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.
Mr. Palmer was an Army Veteran, having served during World War II.
Joe worked as an engineer for PennDOT for many years.
He was a member of the John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62 for more than 30 years.
Joe was a resident of Mulberry Square for the past few years.
Sydney Sue Steele, 90, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Butler, Pa., on Nov. 24, 1922, a daughter of Florella Ruth Oesterling and John Lee Shields.
Sydney graduated from Brookville High School in 1940 and earned bachelorâs and masterâs degrees in reading education at Pennsylvania State University and Clarion State College.
During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia as a radio operator, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
After developing the reading program at the Jefferson County-DuBois
Seth Easton Gilbert, 12, of Reynoldsville, went home with the angels on Saturday, July 6, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Seth was born Jan. 21, 2001, in DuBois, the son of Theodore J. and Cherie J. (Trude) Gilbert, who survive, of Reynoldsville.
Seth loved to swim and play with his sisters, Brittany, Lexie and Isabel.
In addition to his parents, Ted and Cherie, he is survived by his sisters, Brittany and Isabel Gilbert and Lexie Trude, all of Reynoldsville; his maternal and paternal grandparents and great-grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Kevin D. Hudock, 60, of Oil City, Pa., died Thursday, July 3, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born on June 17, 1953, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Andrew and Shirley Whitesell Hudock.
Kevin was a 1971 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and received a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1975.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a certified Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer for Dowell-Schlumberger.