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December 26th

Kelvin Riley Lindemuth, 57

December 27, 2011

Kelvin Riley Lindemuth, 57, Mayport, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Lindemuth was born Jan. 19, 1954, in Texas.

He was a graduate of Brookville High School, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Florence M. Lindemuth; and his daughter; Amanda Dawn McLaughlin and husband Jon of Chico, Calif.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

Arthur James Whitesell, 80

December 27, 2011

Arthur James Whitesell, 80, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 23, 1931, in Grange, a son of the late Floyd M. and Fannie L. (Gaston) Whitesell.

Nov. 16, 1957, he married the former Bessie I. Horner, who preceded him in death Sept. 7, 1998.

Mr. Whitesell served as a corporal in the U.S. Army with the 8th Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea, from 1952 to 1954.

He was a member of the Grange Church of God.

Mr. Whitesell worked and retired as a mailman from the U.S. Postal Service.

Guy J. Gattuso, 91

December 27, 2011

Guy J. Gattuso, 91, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Asheville, N.C.

He was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Longo) Gattuso.

He was a member of Saints Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Gattuso was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.

He was a member of the American Legion John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62, the Robinson-Morrison Post of the VFW and the Punxsutawney Senior Center.

For a number of years, he was a regular member of the Polka Club.

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70

December 27, 2011

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70, Clarion, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her home after a heroic battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.

Gloria was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Titusville. She was the daughter of the late Jeanne (Russell) Hipple Williams and the late Harold Hipple. She was the step-daughter of the late Harry Williams.

May 27, 1995, she married the love of her life, Arnie Rhodes. They shared sixteen-and-a-half years together.

Gloria was known as “Duchess of the Kane District,” where Arnold served as District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.

Mary A. Craven, 79

December 27, 2011

Mary A. Craven, 79, Punxsutawney (Hamilton area), died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1932, in Marchand, a daughter of the late Richard P. and Ruth (Lewis) Enterline.

Dec. 16, 1950, she married Milton L. Craven Sr., who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Craven was a member of the Grange Church of God.

December 23rd

Thomas B. Barkley, 79

December 24, 2011

Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.

Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.

Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.

Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.

All I want for Christmas is a new clubhouse: Mesoraco's contribution aids in continued Kuntz Field improvements

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Current Cincinnati Reds' and former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco, known for his generosity to the Make-A-Wish campaign in Punxsutawney over the years, is displaying his Christmas spirit in another manner related to his lifelong-dream-turned-career this year by contributing to the renovation of the Rich Kuntz Memorial Field complex this week.

The Zak Zone

December 24, 2011

This Christmas is a very special one for me, as it is my first as "Uncle Zak."

My gorgeous niece came into the world in January of this year, so this is her first Christmas, and although she lives more than 2,000 miles away in Canada, she's spending her first Christmas in the States with us.

Emma Jean has brought joy into the lives of us all, and we're all incredibly excited that she is visiting us.

And personally, she has given me a renewed sense of the giving aspect of the Christmas holiday.

Council president Glessner resigns

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.

Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.

Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.

Even on holidays, 911 dispatchers ensure county’s safety

December 24, 2011

BROOKVILLE — Sasha Young grew up listening to a police scanner.

So it seemed only natural when she followed in the footsteps of her family members and became a fifth-generation firefighter.

But that's not the only hat she wears.

Three to four times a week, she puts on a headset a little different from her firefighting helmet and assumes the role of a 911 dispatcher.

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