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Trekking to see Phil? Keep traffic, safety in mind

January 31, 2014

Take the bus and leave the driving to the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle as you make the trek to Gobbler's Knob for the Groundhog Day festivities.
This year, the Groundhog Club Inner Circle has made some minor changes to the bus stops and scheduling.

Tom Dunkel, Groundhog Club Inner Circle Shingle Shaker and busing coordinator, said that there will be three main bus stops.

He said the first stop is at McDonald's on East Mahoning Street in downtown Punxsy, where there will be two ticket booths.

King & Queen for a (Groundhog) Day

January 31, 2014

Shane Beichner (front left) and Autumn Kunselman (front right) were crowned the 2014 Groundhog King and Queen at the annual assembly at Punxsutawney Area High School on Friday.

Pictured (back, from left)) are members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle who were on hand for the ceremony: John Griffiths, Co-handler; John Prushnok, Coal Front; Ron Ploucha, Co-handler; and Bill Deeley, Groundhog Club Inner Circle President.

Charles T. “Chuck” Allessie, Sr., 78

January 31, 2014

Charles T. Allessie, Sr., Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 17, 1935, in North East, Pa., a son of the late Louis and Florence (Guarino) Allessie.

On Oct. 4, 1957, he married Marcia (Sibley) Allessie.

He was a member of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Allessie served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and then served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He then continued to serve in the U.S. Army and retired from the Army in 1976.

Gladys Catherine Chesley, 89

January 31, 2014

Gladys Catherine Chesley, 89, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Mulberry Square.

Mrs. Chesley was born March 14, 1924, in Marchand, a daughter of the late Paul Luther and Anna Margaret (Henry) Brewer.

She was a member of the Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Gladys had previously worked at Rola Jensen, Murdock's and the Drive In.

She was kind-hearted and enjoyed raising her five children.

She was a huge country music fan.

Woman's body discovered outside her Clymer residence

January 31, 2014

CLYMER — Friday evening, the Indiana County Coroner's Office reported a body found outdoors on Spruce Avenue in Clymer.

Corner Jerry L. Overman's office issued the release saying that a call was placed to Indiana County 911 at 10:12 a.m. on Friday reporting the incident.

The release identified the individual as Janice Marie Keith, 66, of Clymer and said she was discovered in the snow outside her residence nude from the waist down.

Chief Deputy Coroner Chad E. Dill pronounced Keith dead at the scene at 11:20 a.m.

January 30th

Groundhog Royalty to be announced Friday

January 30, 2014

Members of the 2014 Groundhog Court include (front, from left) Alexis Kunselman, Linsie Adams, Justine Fye, Autumn Waltman; (back) Shane Beichner, Eric Ritchey, Jesse Walk and Will Curtis.

The King and Queen will be named Friday at the annual Groundhog Day assembly.

For the full article, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday! Mindy Grose

January 30, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Mindy Grose.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mindy Grose is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the director of the Pine Street Senior Center, or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Grose is a graduate of Craig Senior High School.

PAHS Art Club gets its 'Phil' at Post Office

January 30, 2014

The PAHS Art Club decorated the Punxsutawney Post Office on Thursday night by painting five Groundhog Day-themed murals.

The group already painted murals at Lily's Restaurant and will continue at Miller Brothers Furniture today.

The group took a brief break Thursday to pose in front of a mural painted by Samantha Dyson and Thomas Troutman.

Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Caleb Gramolini, Kaylee Cowan; (back) Sierra Gump, Troutman, Samantha Dyson, PAHS art teacher Jessica Green, Jordan Travis and Tyler Dyson.

John W. DeMotte, 85

January 30, 2014

John W. DeMotte a leading Brookville business and community leader for a half century, passed away peacefully at his home at 168 Euclid Ave., Brookville, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the age of 85.

He was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at his parents’ home on Euclid Avenue in Brookville.

The son of the late Arthur C. DeMotte and Gertrude Carberry DeMotte, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Esther M. (Harding) DeMotte.

Lucille (Grusky) Lellock, 92

January 30, 2014

Lucille (Grusky) Lellock, 92, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Mulberry Square.

Mrs. Lellock was born May 15, 1921, in Mahaffey, one of 10 children of the late Joseph and Margaret (Bienniasz) Grusky.

She was the last surviving member of her family.

She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.

On Feb. 7, 1942, she married Michael Lellock. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2003.

She was a former cafeteria worker at Punxsutawney Area Junior High School for many years.

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