The Punxsutawney Red Kettle Campaign is behind in donations by approximately $11,000 this year with a week to go. Pictured is Russ
Henry (left) of Punxsutawney giving money to the kettle located outside
Fezellâs County Market in the Groundhog Plaza that is manned by
For a story on the current state of the Red Kettle Campaign, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Lynn Albert Davidson, 87, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Ash Neal and Nora Mae (Roberts) Davidson.
He was a member of Cloe United Methodist Church.
Mr. Davidson was a member of the United States Army, serving during World War II.
On Aug. 28, 1944, he married the former Edith Mae Sndyer, who survives.
He enjoyed woodworking, and he built many things for his home. He also liked to watch sports, especially the Steelers.
Ginger Lee Poorman, 62, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1951, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was raised the daughter of Ivan and Mabel Lansberry.
On Sept. 15, 1967, she married William Henry Poorman, Jr., who survives.
Ginger previously enjoyed volunteering for Community Action, Inc. She was awarded a plaque for her service.
She enjoyed playing Bingo, drawing and sewing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As of late, the Lady Chucks had been struggling from the field in back-to-back games against Brookville and Keystone.
Head Coach Randy Reitz preached the importance of sticking with it, because the shots have to eventually fall.
In Monday's 66-24 win over Clearfield, all of the shots went Punxsy's way.
"I think playing at home with familiar surroundings gave us some confidence," Reitz said. "When you knock down the first two or three jump shots, it's a lot easier to play this game."
Pick up today's copy of The Spirit to read the full story.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ The Punxsutawney Borough Council held a special meeting on Monday evening, to discuss a few important items on the agenda.
Most notably, Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan's contract was approved after much discussion. The contract will be presented to Fedigan as soon as possible.
In other business:
âą The nomination of two new Civil Service Commission members. Steve Story and Bill Spencer were nominated, and the motion was approved.
The Light Up a Child's Life Campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation got started Monday on WPXZ 104.1 FM. Pictured are Lindsey Herzing (left), regional manager for Make-A-Wish, and Ivy Kiesling, a Wish Kid, broadcasting from Miller Brothers Furniture on Monday afternoon.
Tuesdayâs Light Up a Child's Life activity will begin at 7 a.m. at Fox's Pizza Den on North Findley Street in Punxsutawney.
Sophia Gabriel Pearce, newborn infant, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Born Dec. 13, 2013, Sophia was the daughter of Kenesha Channelle Pearce of Glen Campbell and Derek Robert Miller of Indiana.
Surviving relatives include her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Wendy (Burge) Pearce of Glen Campbell; her maternal great-grandfather, Robert Pearce of Home; her paternal grandparents, Patty (Himes) Grant and husband Dave of Indiana and Jim Miller and wife Tracy of Rossiter; and her paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Grace Himes of Rochester Mills.
Frederick James Acre, 75, of Anita, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Harold Frederick Acre and Georgeina (Hobba) Podgers, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
Fred served in the United States Air Force. He was very patriotic and proud of his service to our country.
On March 10, 1962, he married Helen Marlene Kuntz. They celebrated 50 loving years together.
He worked as a welder, first with Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel, and later for Jefferson Machine for over 25 years.
Gerald "Jerry" Edward Battaglia, 71, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.
Born Oct. 12, 1942, in Brookville, he was a son of the late Edward Dominick and Josephine Frances (Cesario) Battaglia.
Mr. Battaglia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
"Jerry" was co-owner of the former of Jerry's Pizza Shop in Brookville.
He was a member of the Brookville Eagles No. 983, and a former social member of Brookville and Pine Creek fire companies.
Jerry was a well-known character in the downtown area of Brookville.
Robert M. Boston, 62, Rossiter, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
He was born on April 19, 1951, a son of the late Frances and Anna Elizabeth âBettyâ (Esposito) Boston.
On April 19, 1975, he married Darlene M. Ankeny, who survives.
He had two daughters and a grandson who he loved greatly.
He was a member of the Uniontown Church of Christ in Cherry Tree.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Air Defense Artillery during the Vietnam War.
He was employed by Jefferson Grocery where he worked as a warehouseman and a truck driver.