Archive - 2014
Charles Olen Smouse, 84, of Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years and Route 119, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a short illness.
Born on May 21, 1929, to Helen (Berkhouse) and Olen Smouse, Chuck grew up on the family farm in Cloe, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1947, he entered the Air Force and served 6 years as a jet mechanic as a staff sergeant.
His service took him to South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and overseas to England.
The Punxsy wrestling teams continues its busiest time of the year, as they'll play host to the Clarion Bobcats tonight at the Punxsutawney Area High School. Prior to varsity competition, the junior high Chucks will take to the mat, as well.
Mary Ann Dambrosia, 56, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hershey Medical Center.
She was born July 23, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Thomas Arthur Dambrosia and Annabelle Marie (Baranick) Dambrosia, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
She was a 1975 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
Mary Ann was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.
She was helpful in supporting fundraising activities of the church, such as the trash and treasure sale and selling the homemade pierogies and Easter bread.
Audrey Mae Love, 81, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at
Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Jan. 18, 1933, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Lewis) Hill.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, it can be a tough question to answer.
But that question was an easy one for Josh Wachob, the new Punxsutawney Fire department chief who doubles as an electrician and a firefighter.
Read all about Wachob in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
January 18, 1888
The Big Run Tannery
State and local politicians and representatives of a number of area organizations gathered on Friday to announce that the site of the planned Jefferson County Business Park will officially be designated as a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone (KOEZ), placing a flat 10-year tax abatement on the property.
Pictured (from left) are State Rep. and Speaker of the House Sam Smith; Brad Lashinsky, county director of economic development; C. Alan Walker,
The Big Run VFW No. 9044 is holding a bloodmobile from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Big Run Volunteer Fire Hall, sponsored by Marion Center Bankâ€™s Big Run branch.
The blood drive is dedicated to the memory of Sara D. Fox, past president of the Ladies Auxiliary.
The blood drive is also in honor of Chuck Fox, who is an honorary Post No. 9044 member.
Pictured (front, from left) are Josie McElwain, VFW auxiliary president; Ruth Soliday,secretary/treasurer; Ann Lott, trustee; (back) Joe McDonald, branch manager, Marion Center Bank; and Bob Lott, VFW
George Earl Burkett, 78, Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at home with his family by his side.
Mr. Burkett was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Oliver Township, a son of the late Russell and Leona (McAninch) Burkett.
On July 14, 1956, he married Dolores (Reed) Burkett, who survives.
Mr. Burkett was a member of the Grange Church of God.
He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany.
(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 Tami McFarland.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Tami McFarland is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as the president of Punxsutawney Central Fire Department. Or perhaps you have seen her out with her fellow firefighters helping the community.