Archive - May 2014
The Community Guidance Center held an open house last week inside Primary Health Networkâ€™s new Punxsutawney Community Health Center. Pictured (front, from left) are Lexi Miller, outpatient clinical supervisor; Michelle Barnhart, intake director; Lisa Orcutt, R.N.; (back) Crystal Waters, outpatient director; Jennifer Schrecongost, blended case management supervisor; Stacie Huber, family-based director; Marcy Sturgeon, receptionist; and Sean Plouse, community relations director.
For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
Mr. Verdill was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James and Caroline (Rich) Verdill.
On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Eleanor (Leasure) Verdill, who preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
Buck worked 40 years for Cement Local 526 of Pittsburgh as a cement
finisher and a life member for the Elk Run Fire Department.
His pride and joy was gardening and planting flowers around his home.
James L. Sprankle, 90, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Sprankle Personal Care Home.
He was born April 19, 1924, a son of the late George and Carmen (Harwick) Sprankle.
He attended the First Assembly of God Church.
He was a retired tree trimmer for Penn Lines.
He was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the United States Air Force, and was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.
He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, gardening and going to sales and auctions.
Carole G. Mankovich, 67, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home.
She was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward A. and Geraldine (Beech) Gerst.
On May 23, 1971, she married Dr. Dennis G. Mankovich, who preceded her in death on March 20, 1990.
She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University.
She was a member of the Library Board and the Irving Club. She enjoyed quilting, teaching and reading.
Helen R. Berger, 95, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
She was born May 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Homer G. and Margaret (Heitzenrater) Dunmire.
She attended Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.
She enjoyed playing Bingo and crafts.
She was a waitress until the age of 75.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Vera Morford of California, and several nieces and nephews.
Roger Fye (right) and William Schlagel (center) are Jefferson County's first legally recognized same-sex couple, after being married by Judge John Foradora in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Same-sex marriages have been recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, when U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the state's statutory ban was unconstitutional.
Schlagel and Fye have known one another for five years and have been partners for two.
Fye is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, while Schlagel is originally from the Pittsburgh area.
Pamela Boyer (left) and her family raised money in memory of Boyerâ€™s son, Philip, to replace the lifeguard chairs at the George C. Brown Community Pool, and the new chairs will be dedicated at a ceremony on May 31 â€” the first day the pool will be open for the year. Pictured with Boyer is SPLASH representative Lisa Switlick.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Pat Rougeux, of American Legion Post 62, presented their Americanism Awards to three eighth-grade students chosen by their teachers for their honor, courage, service, scholarship, leadership and Americanism at Monday's Memorial Day Observance in Barclay Square.
Pictured (from left) are Rep. Sam Smith, Pa. Speaker of the House; Betty Kotula, American Legion Post 62; Andrew William Wehrle, VFW Post 2076 essay winner, "What Does Patriotism Mean to Me?;â€ť Emily Cavallo, Matthew Wehrle and Kaitlin Doverspike, Legion Post 62 Americanism winners; and Rougeux.
Leonard W. Burkett, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Burkett was born June 20, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Leonard J. and Ruth (Stormer) Burkett.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances C. (McDonald) Burkett.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Military Police Officer.
Leonard worked many years as a foreman for G.E. in Erie before returning to Punxsutawney to work for Yenzi Coal Company before retirement.
He absolutely loved to ride his Harley as much as he could. He also enjoyed fishing and flower gardening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Throughout the country, our fallen heroes were honored at Memorial Day observances, including here in Punxsutawney with a parade through downtown and a memorial service that was held under blue skies and bright sunshine in Barclay Square.
For full coverage from events in Punxsy, Big Run and Rossiter, as well as several photos, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.