March 4th, 2014
Michael Wolf, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, recently stopped by Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) for a meet-and-greet session with employees who will be working most closely with the funding provided by a $200,000 grant through the Community-Based Health Care Subsidy Program.
The teen program at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library held a special Art Night Monday evening at the library, with retired art teacher Tom Curry in attendance. Curry taught the teens how to do perspective drawings. Pictured is Curry (right) showing Jesse Diven a new perspective on perspective drawing.
It is with sad hearts that we announce the death of George E. Moore, who passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the age of 67.
George died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.
George was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he lived throughout his teen years.
He then attended Dartmouth College (B.A. 1968) and Temple Law School(J.D. 1976).
He has lived in the Philadelphia area since the early 1970s.
Since 1989, George served as University Counsel of Temple University and also as Secretary to the Board of Trustees since 1992.
Frances N. Mayo, 93, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in Austin, Texas, after several years of declining health.
She was born in Sportsburg Jan. 13, 1921, and lived her life in Punxsutawney.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Mayo. They operated Mayo's Market on Ridge Avenue for many years.
She was a loving wife, mother and friend and was happiest when helping others.
She enjoyed reading, singing in the church choir and dancing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough is down to its final delivery of salt and anti-skid, even as the winter of 2013-2014 continues to take its toll on the borough's snow removal budget.
"We finally dodged a major storm for the first time over the weekend, which may be the first time this year," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
This past weekend, members of the Punxsutawney Area High School wrestling team took to the mats at Regionals with their berths to this weekâ€™s PIAA State Tournament on the line, and two Chucks â€” Kaleb Young and Joel Bowers â€” advanced to the action in Hershey with second-place finishes in their brackets.
Pictured here after the tournament concluded are (from left) Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, Bowers, fellow Regionals wrestler Josh Schuckers, Kaleb Young and assistant coach Buddy Young.
For a full recap from Regionals, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Connie Gresock, 81, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at her daughter Cindiâ€™s home.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Gus Charles Whitman and Yvonne (Kubeldis) Whitman.
On July 10, 1954, she married William H. Gresock, who preceded her in death on May 22, 2003.
She was a member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She loved Bingo, cards, gambling, animals, reading books herself and reading books to her students.
John â€śPatâ€ť Nadji, 66, Pifer Street, DuBois, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside in Pittsburgh.
Born March 16, 1947, in DuBois, he was the son of the late John & Genevieve (Duffalo) Nadji.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.
On July 12, 1968, he married Rebecca â€śBeckyâ€ť (Ball) Nadji. She survives.
After 30 years of service, he retired from the United Parcel Service (UPS).
He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church.
Rodney L. Miller, 60, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at home.
He was born Dec, 8, 1953, in Punxsutawney, the son of A. Leroy and Orpha E. (Yoas) Miller.
On Oct. 24, 1998, he married Darlene J. (Smith) Miller, who survives.
He attended the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Trade City.
He enjoyed tractors, guns, antiques, auctions and woodworking.
He was a vice president of the Rossiter Sportsmenâ€™s Club and a lifetime member of the N.R.A.
He was the owner and operator of Rodney L. Miller Welding.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 8, 1888
Fearful Tragedy at Bradford
About eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon a man named Kimball entered the First National Bank in Bradford, sprang over the counter and shot the cashier. He then ran out and started down the street, followed by a crowd of excited citizens. A butcher who attempted to head him off was shot and instantly killed.