Archive - 2014
At Big Run VFW Post 9044's commemoration of Loyalty Day on Sunday, World War II veteran Wally Hurd (left) was surprised with a check for $250 from local Wendy's restaurants to finance his trip back to Normandy this year. Also pictured are Emily "Wendy" Gordon (center) and owner and operator Steve Buchanan.
For the full story, pick up Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Sunday evening, new fans, long-time fans and those who have followed Kenny Rogers through the years packed the Jackson Theater at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center to enjoy a concert by the iconic country and contemporary music artist.
The concert promoted by Tim Krise was completely sold out.
Joseph P. Matts, Jr., 65, South State Street, DuBois, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside in Pittsburgh.
Born Aug. 20, 1948, in Punxsutawney, he was the son of the late Joseph P. Matts, Sr. and Anna M. (Maloney) Matts.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 5, 1973, he married Sylvia M. (Cilladi) Matts. She survives.
He retired from Brockway Glass after 28 years of service.
Joseph was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church.
John Groves Maine, 77, of Rochester Mills, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Nov. 16, 1936, in DuBois, the son of the late attorney Robert Vincent and Emma (Groves) Maine.
On Oct. 21, 1967, he married the former Virginia "Ginger" Louise Mottorn. She survives.
John attended Mercersburg Academy and was a graduate of Cornell University.
He worked for Rockwell International in DuBois and later transferred to Houston, Texas, with the company.
He then became a realtor and sold real estate in Houston for about four years.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â A 37-year-old Reynoldsville man died following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:35 a.m. Saturday along Route 119, near Hemlock Road, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Ronald Leland McCracken was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.
Police said the crash occurred as McCracken was traveling north on Route 119, and Gail Marie Weinzierl, 54, Punxsutawney, was traveling south.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The students at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) have listened to many presentations regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, but none were quite as poignant as the program put on by Vern
Hilyer this week called "DUI â A Life Sentence" â not for his son, but for him.
"I'm serving the sentence every day since my son died in an auto accident on Sept. 10, 2005 due to alcohol," Hilyer said, adding that his late son, Brandon Hilyer, was a very talented athlete who played soccer and basketball and was known for his speed on the field.
Harold R. Pearce, 85, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Warren and Bessie (Neal) Pearce.
He was married to Louise Couch on Nov. 5, 1949. She preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 1978.
He then married Irene Martz on Dec. 8, 1979, in Punxsutawney.
He retired in 1990 as the Plant Manager of D.G. Mock Oil Company in
Punxsutawney and also served for years as a Punxsutawney Police Officer.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful: A Talent Show & Art, STEM and Creative Writing Exhibit" hosted by The Daylily Learning Center for children ages five to 12 years of age will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney. Pictured are Alayna, Zachary and Katryna Hoffman inviting everyone to come out and enjoy some great area talent.
For details, pick up a copy of today's edition of The Spirit.
Chris Smith (left) of the Central Fire Department and Peter P. Pape of the Lindsey Fire Company are pictured selling chances at last year's Punxsutawney Fire Department gun raffle. This yearâs raffle is scheduled for Saturday night at the National Guard Armory.
For details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Ann Himes Lott.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Ann Himes Lott is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a former caseworker for the Department of Public Welfare, now known as the Jefferson County Assistance Office.