Archive - 2014
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.
Even though former Punxsutawney Area High School basketball coach Chuck Daly passed away in 2009, his legend lives on through the CMA basketball program.
Pictured is Darryl Dawkins (second from left), who played basketball for Daly with the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.
He visited Punxsy for Groundhog Day in 2004, when a segment was filmed to run on the sports program â€śCold Pizzaâ€ť on ESPN at the time.
Pictured in this autographed photo from his visit are (from left) Red Nolder, Dawkins, George "Butch" White and Dyrk Couser.
The Punxsy boys' basketball and the Punxsy girls' basketball will take on rival Bradford tonight, as both teams will look for revenge in a rematch of the 2013 D-IX title games. The boys will be at home, while the girls will travel out to Bradford. Both tip times are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Ryen, 96, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1917, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Ruth Deitman.
She was married to Floyd C. Ryen, who preceded her in death on April 8, 2001.
She was a longtime employee of Rola-Jensen of Punxsutawney.
She was a member of the Canoe Ridge Church of God.
INDIANA â€” There is a saying that everything happens for a reason. An athlete who suffered an injury may look at the injury as the end of the world, but really, it may very well be a blessing in disguise.
It took such an injury to show one Punxsy native what he was destined to do.
Dr. Kolby Mumau was born and raised in Punxsutawney. He is a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, where he was very active in sports.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County commissioners proclaimed that the county will be participating in the recognition of National Mentoring Month throughout January at their meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting also drew a number of visitors, including Sgt. Thomas Josephson, PSP-DuBois station commander, who delivered an update on the status of injured state trooper Bradley Wilson.
For details from the meeting, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Larry Chenoga (left) welcomed Punxsutawney Borough Police Officer Matt Conrad to the force full time, as Conrad has completed his probation period.
For more from Monday's meeting, including council's work with FEMA, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
The students at West End Elementary School recently made a donation of $600 to the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) Digital Projector fund.
The money was raised by the students as part of their Give Back to the Community program.
Pictured (from left) are Kairi Pratt, Kinsee Barnett, Piper Petroff, Charlee Meko, Dan McIntire and Makayla Laird, West End students, with Rob McCoy, PACC executive director.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney School Board held a meeting Monday night, with one of the most intensely discussed issues being the middle school swimming pool.
Jack White, board member, said that he received a report back in August of 2011 about something being wrong with the installation of the swimming pool.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.