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February 12th

Mary Ann “Baba” Pallone, 73

February 12, 2014

Mary Ann “Baba” Pallone, 73, of Emeigh, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born April 28, 1940, in Spangler, the daughter of Stephen and Helen (Kutney) Bublinec.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph, Stephen, Bernard and Michael Bublinec; sister Helen Salyan; and son-in-law Dr. John J. Santarelli.

Anthony J. “Tony” Villella, 90

February 12, 2014

Anthony J. “Tony” Villella, 90, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Frank and Raphael (Serian) Villella.

On April 19, 1948, he married Loretta Ann (Taczak) Villella, who preceded him in death on May 5, 2001.

He was a member of SS.C.D. Church and a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1942.

He was an avid bowler and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.

CNB presents donation to Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals

February 12, 2014

Representatives of the Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals, Inc., recently accepted a donation from CNB Bank to assist with veterinary care provided through the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney. Willow Run is dedicated to the well-being of all animals and has a focus on preventing the continuance of overpopulation regarding animals. Pictured above at the presentation are (from left) Kim Kopas, CNB Bank; Margo Stefanic and Tommie Shaffer (with Mike), Willow Run Sanctuary; and Lauren Stefanic, holding Holly.

Jefferson County Extension holds annual meeting with discussion of forest health issues

February 12, 2014

The Jefferson County Extension held its annual meeting on Tuesday at the Roseville Grange. (Top photo) Dr. Timothy G. Pierson, extension educator and forester with the McKean County Extension office, spoke to attendees on forest health issues in Pennsylvania.

For a full re-cap from the meeting, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

February 11th

Borough adds three new part-time officers to staff

February 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It wasn't unanimous, but Punxsutawney Borough Council hired three new part-time police officers at Monday's meeting.

Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander said for the new shift schedule to work, he needs to have three part-time police officers.

"We have three right now, but one is going back to his permanent job next month, one only works once a year to keep his MOPEC number current, and the other only works on weekends," Alexander said, adding that, currently, there's one full-time police officer who is off for medical reasons.

Breaking News: Sam Smith not seeking re-election

February 11, 2014

Sam Smith announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2014. For more details see Wednesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.

February 10th

Issue of downtown snow discussed by council

February 11, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a lengthy discussion at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council meeting, the members of council and a group of business owners agreed to meet and discuss the best way to handle snow removal throughout the business district in Punxsutawney.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.


February 11, 2014

The sorts of temperatures and snowfall we’ve had in the area are causing everyone — even those in the animal kingdom — to change their routines.

Spirit sports reporter Michael Waterloo recently caught this herd of deer sprinting through the yard at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Punxsutawney on his way to a game.

No details were available on any pending charges, but the deer seem to have guilty looks on their faces as they sprint away.

Wrestlers head up to Bradford

February 10, 2014

The Punxsy Chucks wrestling team will head to Bradford today for their second to last dual meet match of the season.

Miriam Louise Wachob Haag, 85

February 10, 2014

Miriam Louise Wachob Haag, 85, formerly of Big Run and Groveland, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Knickerbocker Villa Senior Care Residence in Clearfield.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a daughter of the late Harry and Edith (McClure) Wachob.

On July 9, 1949, she married Harvey E. Haag of Oliveburg, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2000.

Miriam was a beautician, working for many years at Sutter’s Beauty Shop in Punxsutawney, before opening Miriam Haag’s Beauty Shop in Big Run, which she ran for over 30 years.

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