Archive - 2014
Kevin Hughes Jr. and Alaina Martin were crowned the King and Queen of the Punxsutawney Area High School 2014 Prom at the Punxsutawney Country Club Saturday night.
For more pictures from the 2014 prom, check future editions of The Spirit, and check back for an online photo gallery.
With a busy work season approaching, PennDOT is reminding residents of the importance of driving safely around work zones.
To do so, the Jefferson County Maintenance Office in Punxsutawney recently hosted the PennDOT Worker Memorial, which pays tribute to the more than 84 PennDOT workers killed on the job since 1970.
It was created in 2001 by PennDOT employees in Bradford County both to honor the workers and to raise awareness among motorists of the potential consequences of driving inattentively in work zones.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
May 23, 1888
Dr. Joseph Shields, president of the Agricultural and Driving Park Association, requests the directors of that institution to meeting in the office of John T. Bell, Esq,, on Thursday evening, May 24, to make arrangements for the annual fair.
May 30, 1888
Saw and Shingle Mill Burned
William L. "Yank" Klohr, 58, of Marion Center, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Mr. Klohr was born June 8, 1955, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late George F. Klohr, Sr. and Nancy (Orcutt) Klohr.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.
Yank loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and riding four-wheelers.
Betty Jane Hinkle, 94, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
Betty was born in Butler County on Oct. 2, 1919, the daughter of Gertrude (Clark) and Clifford Heeter.
On Oct. 31, 1940, she married William J. Hinkle of Punxsutawney. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1988.
She graduated as valedictorian in 1935 from Ss. Cosmas and Damian High School.
She retired from the B&O Railroad as a weigh master clerk after 40 years of service.
Grace M. Huber, 92, Marchand, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Wellington Heights in Punxsutawney.
She was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Jerry and Lena (Johns) Huber.
She was a member of the Marchand United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
She was the guardian for her nieces, Elena and Sheila Dorr, and her nephew, Karl Van Huber.
On Friday â€” the eve of prom â€” PAHS seniors took part in the annual SADD Club Mock Crash assembly.
Pictured is injured passenger Jordan Knox being transported by Paul Doughty (left), a Central Fire Department firefighter and a member of Jefferson County EMS, during Friday's mock crash.
Tpr. D. Matthew Powell, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, spoke to the senior class at Punxsutawney Area High School regarding the dangers of drinking and driving.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you're like me â€”Â or like most people we know â€”Â you don't know what otolaryngology is. But one face that's becoming more and more familiar in town â€” and in the hallways of Punxsutawney Area
Hospital (PAH) â€” is otolaryngologist
Dr. Eyad Khabbaz, MD. In layman's terms, that means he specializes in treating ears, noses and throats (ENT).
Ruth Helen Bloom, 93, of Big Run, formerly of Troutville, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Grampian (Chestnut Grove), the daughter of the late Milard and Sophia Sheesley Bloom.
She was a homemaker and founding member of the Bible Fellowship Church in Chestnut Grove.
She was very active with the development of the church from the beginning.
She also loved spending time with her family.
Michael Joseph Dubensky, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Adrian Hospital, a son of the late Peter and Anna (Kostiak) Dubensky.
Mr. Dubensky was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Michael was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church.
He was married to the former Elizabeth L. Williams. She preceded him in death in 1977.
Michael shared 30 years of his life with Doris June Ansinger. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.