Archive - 2014
The PAHS Art Club decorated the Punxsutawney Post Office on Thursday night by painting five Groundhog Day-themed murals.
The group already painted murals at Lily's Restaurant and will continue at Miller Brothers Furniture today.
The group took a brief break Thursday to pose in front of a mural painted by Samantha Dyson and Thomas Troutman.
Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Caleb Gramolini, Kaylee Cowan; (back) Sierra Gump, Troutman, Samantha Dyson, PAHS art teacher Jessica Green, Jordan Travis and Tyler Dyson.
John W. DeMotte a leading Brookville business and community leader for a half century, passed away peacefully at his home at 168 Euclid Ave., Brookville, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at the age of 85.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at his parentsâ€™ home on Euclid Avenue in Brookville.
The son of the late Arthur C. DeMotte and Gertrude Carberry DeMotte, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Esther M. (Harding) DeMotte.
Lucille (Grusky) Lellock, 92, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
Mrs. Lellock was born May 15, 1921, in Mahaffey, one of 10 children of the late Joseph and Margaret (Bienniasz) Grusky.
She was the last surviving member of her family.
She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.
On Feb. 7, 1942, she married Michael Lellock. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2003.
She was a former cafeteria worker at Punxsutawney Area Junior High School for many years.
The Punxsutawney basketball programs are on a roll, as both the boys' and girls' basketball teams have won three straight games. Both teams will be in action tonight against Elk County Catholic, as the girls will play host, as the boys will travel out to Elk County.
Despite the cold and snow, those who visited the Pine Street Senior Center on Monday were in for quite a treat with a picnic in the snow. Though they didn't actually have a picnic in the snow, those in attendance were treated to the warmth of the indoors and picnic food, which included hot dogs. They were also treated to some entertainment, provided by Nancy Phillips (left) playing the bass and Bev Davis on vocals and guitar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The countdown to Groundhog Day continues, and
in the meantime, volunteers and employees at Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenir Shop and the Chamber of Commerce have been fielding calls and shipping out Groundhog Day souvenirs.
For a full story on the souvenirs available at the shop this Groundhog season, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Robert Mario Bianco and Rita Richardson were crowned Groundhog King and Groundhog Queen of Mulberry Square on Tuesday, as Punxsutawney Phil paid a special visit for the crowning ceremony.
Pictured (front, from left) are Helen Berger, runner-up; Bianco, Richardson, Pat Dufell, runner-up; (back) Jason Grusky, The Big Chill, Groundhog Club Inner Circle; Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, Groundhog Club Inner Circle, holding Phil; and Jen Gjurich, Mulberry Square administrator.
June Lasher, 87, DuBois, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 19, 1926, in Mossgrove, Pa., a daughter of the late George and Lena (Toy) Rebold.
On Nov. 24, 1944, she married Floyd L. Lasher, who preceded her in death on July 20, 1989.
She was a member of the Lakeside United Methodist Church in DuBois.
She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and spending time with her Kmart girls.
A pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in the Punxsutawney Post Office parking lot off East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney at 4:35 p.m. on Monday.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department assisted Jefferson County EMS and Punxsutawney Borough Police at the scene.
The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.
The Punxsy Beta Sorority will be holding its annual Food Fest on Groundhog Day weekend, beginning at 11 a.m on both Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson Social Hall, located across from the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
Pictured here are two members of the Beta Sorority, Leila Smith and Lois Guilfoyle.