Archive - 2014
Omer B. Emerick, 84, went to be with The Lord on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Akron Ohio.
Omer was born and raised in Rochester Mills, Pa., and moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1961 to join his brothers in the trucking industry.
He worked as an over the road driver and retired from Jones Motor Co.
Omer was the youngest and last surviving sibling of his immediate family.
Omer was a Korean War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed bluegrass music, dancing and spending time with his family.
Marion L. "Lorrie" (White) Shields, 65, of Rossiter, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born in Middlesex, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Charles Joseph White and Viola (Rouse) White Deyarmin.
She was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.
Lorrie was a selfless, free spirit who knew how to enjoy life. She was big-hearted and generous beyond measure.
She was an avid animal lover.
SUMMERVILLE â€”Â The closure on the Route 3007 Summerville Bridge between Route 28 and Broad Street has been extended through the weekend and is expected to reopen before Tuesday, Aug. 26. The road remains open to local traffic.
A posted detour is in place using Route 3022 (Roller Coaster Road) to Route 3003 (Mount Pleasant Road) to Route 28. Work is being performed on a 24-hour schedule during the detour.
This $3,771,853 bridge replacement project is being constructed by Plum Contracting, Inc. The project is expected to be completed the end of October 2014.
Boy Scout Seth Burkett was awarded a certificate of recognition from the Jefferson County Housing Authority Thursday morning for building a bus shelter for the residents of the Beyer Avenue Apartment Complex.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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.
Todayâ€™s familiar face is Kelly Porada.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Kelly Porada is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the artist of a few of the Phantastic Phil statues in town.
Or perhaps you have seen her displaying her creativity throughout the community.
Charles Dean Bell, 80, of New Bethlehem, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on Nov. 12, 1933, to Clarence Monroe and Pearl Edna (Reed) Bell in Dora, Jefferson County.
Dean attended the Distant Baptist Church.
He graduated from Brookville High School in 1952.
Dean retired in 1985 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Armstrong County, as an engineer.
He was a former deputy game warden from 1960-1965 in Jefferson and Clarion counties.
William H. Powell, 56, of Knox Dale, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1957, in Punxsutawney, the son of Harold â€śHudâ€ť and Janet E. (Burford) Powell.
He married Paula L. (Hess) on Oct. 23, 1998.
Bill was a truck driver and served in the United States Army Reserve.
He loved his family and his dogs. He was an avid sports fan, especially fond of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also enjoyed riding his side-by-side and hunting.
Brookville Community Days kicked off Wednesday night at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds, and Garrett Ohler had the chance to tour a Brookville Borough Police car.
Community Days is presented by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company and runs through Saturday.
Filled with tropical flowers, sunflowers, flower cabbage and dragon begonias, Scott Anthonyâ€™s garden is a little oasis in the backyard of his Cherry Street home.
It was chosen as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s Garden of the Month for August.
Read all about Anthony's Garden in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
Clear the deck; there's a cannonball coming now that the cannons in Barclay Square have been restored, thanks to Eagle Scout Jim Carrier (second from left) at the suggestion of Punxsutawney Mayor Rich Alexander (far left).
Pictured (from left) are Alexander, Carrier, Nevada Shaffer, Jarod Depp and S. Thomas Curry, Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society member.
Read all about the restoration in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.