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January 23rd

Familiar Faces Friday! Mark Young

January 24, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” 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. Today’s familiar face is Mark Young.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mark Young is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the new owners of Roseman’s Florist. Or perhaps you have seen him throughout town.

Young was born and raised in Punxsutawney and is a 2001 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

How sweet it is: PAHS cheer squad Hershey-bound

January 24, 2014

Members of the local police force and the Punxsutawney Fire Department saw off the competitive cheerleader squad from Punxsutawney Area High School on Thursday afternoon, as they departed for the state championships in Hershey, Pa.

The snow picked up just in time for the departure, similar to confetti falling from the sky.

Maybe it was Mother Nature’s way of wishing the team good luck. Punxsy will compete Friday, and — if the team qualifies — Saturday as well.

Dorothy R. Deeley, 88

January 23, 2014

Dorothy R. Deeley, 88, Punxsutawney, formerly of Anita, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Jefferson Manor.

She was born April 20, 1925, in Anita, a daughter of J. William and Ruby
Mae (Treharne) Radaker.

On Aug. 23, 1947, she married Charles Deeley, Jr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2008.

She was a member of the Anita Assembly of God, where she also served as their treasurer for over 40 years.

She was a lifetime resident of the Anita and Punxsutawney areas.

Clifford C. "Clyde" Neal, 84

January 23, 2014

Clifford C. "Clyde" Neal, 84, of Sportsburg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.

Mr. Neal was born April 29, 1929, in Furnace Run, the son of the late Reece and Ruth (Anthony) Neal.

He is survived by his loving wife, Donnabelle (Muth) Neal, of Sportsburg. They were married May 20, 1961.

Mr. Neal was a member of the Sportsburg United Methodist Church.

He was a loving family man who thought the world of his family and grandsons.

Betty J. Smith, 89

January 23, 2014

Betty J. Smith, 89, of Grove City, formerly of La Jose, passed away
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Orchard Manor in Grove City.

Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 22, 1924, in La Jose, a daughter of the late Henry and Daisy (McMaster) Michael.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Smith, on Jan. 21, 2007.

She was a member of the Grove City CMA Church.

Betty was known by everyone as a friend and prayer warrior.

Her interests were other people, which was cross generational.

She was a woman who chose to speak words of encouragement rather than criticism.

Mary Jane (Beck) Ackerd

January 23, 2014

Mary Jane (Beck) Ackerd died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was married to Bernard Ackerd, and they lived in Punxsutawney all their lives.

They had one son, and he died when he was an infant.

Mrs. Ackerd was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be private and held at a later date.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Ackerd, and her infant son, James Ackerd.

Punxsy looks to extend winning streak to three games tonight against DuBois

January 23, 2014

Bradford — check. Brookville — check. The Punxsy boys' basketball team took care of two rivals in their last two games, and they look to make it three in a row tonight, as they'll play host to DuBois at home. Prior to the varsity game, the ninth-grade team and junior varsity team will take to the court to face DuBois, as well.

January 22nd

Turner addresses school board, brings questions about IUP students using middle school pool

January 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney School Board held its committee meeting Wednesday night, with many issues being discussed.

One issue discussed was that of IUP-Punxsy students using the middle school pool during open swim hours. IUP-Punxsy Assistant Dean of Students Theo Turner was on-hand to answer any questions that the board had.

We all love a happy ending: PACC reaches projector goal

January 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thanks to the assistance of the community, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) has reached its goal of $70,000 to purchase a new digital projector for the Jackson Theater.

Teresa Neal, the Punxsutawney Community Center Board’s theater chair, said the center had set its goal at $70,000, with a hope that it could raise it by June, when 35mm films will no longer be produced.

Eugene Miller North, 86

January 22, 2014

Eugene Miller North, 86, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born on March 20, 1927, in Panic, a son of the late Roy W. and Lillian (Miller) North.

Mr. North served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was one of the last Charter members of the VFW Post No. 9044 in Big Run.

He was first married to Emma Jean Kline, who preceded him in death. He later married Mary Louise Richardson. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

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