April 16th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Perhaps the hardest thing for a wife and mother to do is to learn that her husband has been in a horrible accident. Even more terrifying is hearing that the accident has left him in such a state
that he has to be flown to a hospital for treatment.
For Crystal Wooten, that nightmare became a reality on March 10, when her husband, Dustin, was in a ATV accident near Glen Campbell.
Dustin was flown via helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital with head and brain injuries.
Elsie Goss, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Iselin, celebrated her 101st birthday on April 6, with family and friends. Happy Birthday, Elsie!
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Saturday, Punxsutawney Area High School's Athletic Department will host its Punxsutawney Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony at the Punxsutawney Area High School.
In anticipation of the event, The Spirit will feature the biography of one member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 each day.
Today's featured athlete is Gary Garzoni.
Garzoni was a two-year letter winner in high school football, playing from 1964 to 1968.
Mary L. Lippert-Thorp, 79, of Grampian, formerly of Rochester Mills, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Knickerbocker Villa in Curwensville.
Mary was born July 14, 1933, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late Robert O. and Helen (Hoover) Blackburn.
She was married to William Thorp of Grampian. He survives.
Mary was a member of the CMA Church in Punxsutawney, where she worked for the district office for 31-and-a-half years.
She was the Indiana County, Grant Township Coordinator for ICCAP and the former treasurer of Pine Grove Cemetery.
Earl R. Sherry, 82, Girard, Ohio, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
Mr. Sherry was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a son of Charles and Alice Hawk Sherry.
A 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Earl moved to Girard in 1950 and worked as a crane operator for Youngstown Sheet and Tube and later LTV.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving stateside as a
survival instructor during the Korean Conflict.
His wife, the former Helen Berger, whom he married June 8, 1957, died Nov. 24, 2003.
Ruth A. Young, 87, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born May 21, 1925, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Otto and Mary (Mee) Ott.
She married Robert L. Young, who preceded in her in death.
She was a devoted wife and mother.
She was a member of Beulah Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Surviving relatives include two sons, William R. Young and wife Janice of Punxsutawney and Ronald A. Young and wife Elizabeth â€śBetsyâ€ť Young of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Margaret Wachter of Pittsburgh, Pa.; four grandchildren,
BROOKVILLE â€” On a chilly day along Interstate-80, Punxsy was still able to record many personal best efforts amongst a 22-team field at Saturdayâ€™s 15th Annual DeManâ€™s track and field invitational.
The Chucks boys, highlighted by Kevin Hughes' and Will Harmonâ€™s days, totaled four first places, while the Punxsy girls had three top- three placings in the non-team scoring event.
As a whole, the Punxsy boys had a good day with various personal best performances recorded.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A good start to a full slate of weekâ€™s games was just what Punxsy head coach Mike Dickey would have ordered.
The Chucks used a solid all-around game, both on the mound and at the plate, to take the Lions of Altoona, 11-2, on Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
For the full recap, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday saw local crews battle a pair of fires â€” a quickly spreading one that started at 3:50 p.m. on Monday at 131 Orvetta St. in Punxsutawney and an evening fire that started in the flue of a house on Railroad Street in the Rossiter area.
Read the full story in Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Punxsutawney Head Start Centers I, II and III and Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts Center, held an open house on Monday afternoon.
The open house gave students a chance to show what they are learning as well as what they do on a daily basis.
The event was also open to community members who may have been looking for a place to send their children.
â€śThis is a nice opportunity for people to come and see what we're all about," said Autumn Reddinger, faculty member.
Pictured is Jazzmin Shaffer, age 3, of Punxsutawney, learning about different shapes.