March 20th, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In this area, the name Michele Huey is one that is easily associated with writing.
Her award-winning weekly newspaper column "God, Me, and a Cup of Tea" has led to a pair of devotional books.
Her work has appeared in a number of national publications.
And as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writersâ€™ Guild and The Writing Academy, her influence on the writing community isn't limited to this area.
Huey's list of familiar accomplishments is far from short, but one thing rang true through all of her writing â€” she was always a writer of non-fiction.
Lisa Marie Ball, 25, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Shadyside Hospital.
She was born March 24, 1988, in DuBois, the daughter of Jill Elaine Redding and Douglas Scott Ball.
Lisa enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
She loved her family and her dog "Bo" and her boyfriend, Dan Lowmaster.
The sunny beach was one of her favorite places to be; she also enjoyed camping, being outdoors, four wheeling, mud and being with her many friends.
In spite of all the difficulties of her illness, Lisa always had a bright, beautiful smile for everyone.
Tracy L. Hartman, 35, of Pontzer Avenue, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
She was born on May 29, 1978, in St. Marys, a daughter of Garrett "Gary" and Pamela (Perkins) Hartman, of St. Marys.
Tracy was a graduate of SMAHS, Class of 1996, where she had been very active in the color guard.
She had worked at several area businesses, most recently at GKN.
She had a great love for her children and her animals and will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and big heart.
Geraldine A. "Sue" McCormick, 66, of Smicksburg, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mrs. McCormick was born August 11, 1947, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Lewis) Hill.
She is survived by her husband, William L. McCormick, of Smicksburg.
Geraldine was a member of the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Company, where she cooked many meals.
She loved Bingo and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Irene (Bernardo) Prutznal-Grube, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Grube was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Fiore and Susie (Vadassy) Bernardo.
Ms. Grube was Catholic by faith. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and doing crafts.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There probably won't be a tax increase, but the Punxsutawney Area School Board is looking at using some of its fund balance in order to balance the district budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.
The board held a budget workshop in the central office board room on Wednesday, and there was plenty for the members to discuss.
For the full recap from the meeting, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
HUSTON TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY â€” DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police have reported a fatal traffic accident that took place on Tuesday night on Bennetts Valley Highway (Route 255) in Huston Township, Clearfield County and claimed the life of a 42-year-old DuBois woman.
Police said Tammi L. Markievich was traveling south on Route 255 at a high rate of speed in her 2003 Jeep Liberty at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday night when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania Police are asking for assistance from anyone with information on a burglary that took place at Gruda Metals in Henderson Township over the weekend.
Police said that on Sunday, between the hours of 1 and 2:30 a.m., unknown
actor(s) gained entry into the facility by breaking a side window into the scale house.
The actors then allegedly entered and removed numerous amounts of brass and copper, a welder, a socket set, a grease gun, a plasma cutter, a stereo system and a laptop.
BROOKVILLE â€” Share the Love, an annual fundraiser for the Brookville YMCA, held in memory of Connor Gerg, a former YMCA lifeguard, will mark its third year this Saturday.
The event features a run/walk, as well as a soup sale, a bake sale, a silent auction, a merchandise sale and more, with all the money going back into the YMCA.
Beth Gerg, Connorâ€™s mother, said the event began in February 2012, the brainchild of a group of people who wanted to find a way to do something for the community in his memory after his passing in 2011.
Students from The Daylily Learning Center recently went to Mulberry Square to pass out cards that they made for the residents.
While visiting at Mulberry Square, the children sang a song to the residents and played a Bingo-style game called Bible Jingo.
The Daylily Learning Center, located at the First Church of God, is a ministry for homeschooling families.