Archive - 2014
PAHS Class President John Gigliotti (left) presents Shane Beichner with
the 2014 Class Hearts Award at Wednesday's Class Night at PAHS.
For a full recap from the event, including a complete list of scholarships issued, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Bernice Elaine Seger, 82, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at home.
She was born March 30, 1932, in Smithport, a daughter of the late Ord and Anna Louise (Wetzel) Huey.
On June 21, 1952, she married Lester Ray Seger.
He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1996.
Her enjoyments were watching QVC, birds and deer. She also enjoyed her beloved cat, Cotton.
Albert D. Raffetto, 93, of Pleasant Gap, Pa., passed away on May 18, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 5, 1921, in Punxsutawney, to the late Frederick J. Raffetto and Jenny C. Bonini Raffetto.
He graduated in 1939 from Saints Cosmas and Damian High School in Punxsutawney and served in the United States Army during World War II.
In 1942, he married Jean Jordan, who preceded him in death in April 2010.
Albert was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bellefonte, Pa., and was also a life member of the B.P.O.E., Bellefonte Lodge.
Patricia A. Cressley, 61, Rochester Mills, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at home, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
She was born April 26, 1953, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul I. â€śIkeâ€ť Mottorn and June (McGaughey) Mottorn, who survives.
On June 26, 1971, she married Fred A. Cressley, who survives.
She was a member of the Juneau United Methodist Church.
She worked as the CFO for DuBois Regional Medical Center for five years and has worked at DRMC for more than 25 years as a C.P.A.
She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The members of Cub Scout Pack 245, their families and some representatives of Girl Scout Troop 20293 werenâ€™t deterred by a little bit of rain and some chillier temperatures on Saturday, as they made their way to the John Jacob Fisher Post 62 American Legion Cemetery Plot and Circle Hill Cemetery to place American flags on the markers of past veterans who have been laid to rest there.
BROOKVILLE â€”Â Tuesday's Jefferson County primary election saw one particular race of interest, and in the end, it proved to be as
close as many thought it would be, with Cris Dush receiving 2,508 votes (51.70 percent) for the spot on the Republican ticket for Representative in the General Assembly 66th District and Paul Corbin receiving 2,166
(44.65) votes within the county.
(Results are unofficial and were obtained through jeffersoncountypa.com, the county's website.)
Harry G. Bodenhorn also received 166 votes on the ballot.
James Dale Wells, Sr., 78, of Nassau County, Florida, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014.
He was born Sept. 2, 1935, in DuBois, a son of the late Fred and Ida L. (Johnston) Wells.
James was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia June Wells, on Dec. 19, 2013.
He was a member of the Gateway to Life Church in Hilliard, Florida.
He owned and operated numerous restaurants in his early years.
The past 30 years, he owned J.D. Wells Auto Sales in Hilliard, Florida, and enjoyed working on cars and going to car auctions with his son, J.D. Wells, Jr., who now operates the business.
On Monday, representatives of The Spirit visited the local schools to present this yearâ€™s Punxsutawney Spirit Teachers of the Year.
Pictured here is Emily Skamai (front, center), a teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School, being presented with the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, a gift certificate to Maryâ€™s Place and balloons courtesy of Walmart by Spirit representatives Bridey Shawgo (to Skamaiâ€™s right), Tracy Smith (to Skamaiâ€™s right) and Zak Lantz (back, far left).
There were several injuries in a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 10:35 a.m. Monday on Route 36 in Young Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5 driven by Judith D. Jones, 44, Punxsutawney, was traveling south on Route 36, while a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by Jesse D. Scott, 32, Timblin was traveling north, when Jones allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line of the roadway and impacted the left side of Scott's vehicle.
Irene Pearce, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at AM-PM Personal Care Home in Adrian.
She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Clair and Clara (Powell) Martz.
She married Clyde R. Evans, who preceded her in death.
She then married Harold R. Pearce, who died April 25, 2014.
She was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.