October 27th, 2014
Helen Martha Lyons, 99, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at home.
She was born in 1915 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Fred S. and Zula (Stiver) Heitzenrater.
On March 31, 1937, she married Harry J. Lyons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1988.
She was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.
Helen was a seamstress and specialized in drapery making.
She enjoyed reading the paper and keeping up with current events, crocheting, painting, reading, crafts and her dog, Benji. She was also a vendor at the Hazen Flea Market for more than 40 years.
Members of the community took to Barclay Square on Saturday afternoon for the second annual Halloweenfest, sponsored by Punxsy Dental.
Pictured are winners of the costume contest (from left) Eric Waldron, judgesâ€™ favorite; Mary Grusky, funniest; Chrissy Clark, Halloweenfest Committee member; Hunter Campisano, scariest; Madison Momyer, prettiest; and Cole and Maresa Miller, most original.
For more photos from Halloweenfest 2014, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Josephine â€śJoeâ€ť Marie Turner, 84, Falls Creek, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois, after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 1, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James T. and Elizabeth (Reed) Strano. She was married to Irvin C. Turner, who preceded her in death.
Donna B. Newcome, 77, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
On Friday, the Chucks fell to the undefeated Karns City Gremlins 43-16. Turnovers were a problem for Punxsy, as the Chucks gave Karns City the ball four times.
Next week, the Chucks will play a rare Saturday game at DuBois when they take on the Clearfield Bison for the District IX AAA crown. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
For more from Friday's game, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's that time of year again, time to think about Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping and Christmas. But what about those children throughout our community who are in need this holiday season. The Loyal Order of Moose - Punxsutawney No. 954, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 1231 and the Salvation Army of Punxsutawney have teamed together again this year for the Kickoff Event of the 4th Annual Tunes for Tots & Auction.
A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun.
Dr. Joseph Michael Daniel Lisa, 86, of Treasure Lake, DuBois, passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at his home.
Dr. Lisa was born May 8, 1928, in Jersey City, New Jersey, a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Gallo) Lisa.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara A. (Brauer) Lisa of DuBois.
He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in DuBois.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police paid a visit to Punxsutawney Area High School on Tuesday to remind the students, faculty and staff that using their seatbelts is not an option, and you will receive a citation if you're caught not having it on.
According to a Punxsutawney Borough Police news release, "20 law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania have agreed to participate in this one-week Teen Seatbelt Mobilization scheduled this week," the release said, adding that this Teen Mobilization will coincide with the National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Lisa Anderson of Punxsutawney (pictured in the center) participated in the Terrible Towel Wave at the beginning of Monday nightâ€™s Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field. Billy Gardell and Seth Meyers were on-hand to help the ladies wave in the game. The NFL goes pink in the month of October in recognition of breast cancer awareness and to show its support for survivors and for those still battling.