January 9th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After almost two-and-a-half years of investigations and legal action, Det. Brian Andrekovich, a Punxsutawney Borough Police officer fired in November 2009, was approved to return to work next week.
During Mondayâ€™s council meeting, the motion for Andrekovich to return to work was approved 7-0.
Council fired Andrekovich Nov. 3, 2009, following the death of Stephen Obbish, 48, Aug. 15, 2009, in the back of a police cruiser after Andrekovich arrested him for public drunkenness at the Goodwill store in the Punxy Plaza.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board asked questions about contract negotiations with the Punxsutawney Area Education Association Monday, but was eventually reminded about violating possible confidentiality agreements.
Monday, board member Jack White asked about ongoing negotiations with the PAEA regarding the salary structure. Board President Gary Conrad said he would permit White to speak, but noted the possible confidentiality issues.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jefferson Countyâ€™s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) received disappointing news to begin 2012.
HPRP, which is under the direction of Community Action Inc., recently received a funding cut of $10,000.
According to HPRP Director Susan McLaughlin, the action, which was handed down from the state Department of Community & Economic Development, caused the necessity of a budget revision to ensure funds are available to provide service and assistance to only those already approved and enrolled in the program.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' basketball team â€” a squad typically known for its defensive prowess â€” scored 60 points for the second consecutive game, including 22 in the first quarter, on its way to a 60-48 victory over Purchase Line Monday night in Punxsutawney.
After opening the season with seven straight losses, Punxsy has now won three games in a row and is gaining confidence with each win.
CURWENSVILLE â€” Punxsy's junior high school wrestlers won 10-of-11 matches that took place on the mat in Curwensville, losing 18 points by forfeit, to cruise to a 54-24 victory over the Golden Tide Thursday night in Curwensville.
"We were pretty pleased with our kids" performances at Curwensville," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We have to be, considering we only lost one bout on the mat. I was a little worried about how they would perform, being that we haven't wrestled since Dec. 21."
Hazel J. Hinderliter, 99, formerly of Frostburg, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2012, in Towson, Md., where she lived with her daughter Nedra for three years.
She was born Aug. 28, 1912, a daughter of the late Joseph and Blanche (Anthony) Palmer.
Dec. 3, 1931, she married Kermit J. Hinderliter, who preceded her in death Jan. 13, 1994.
She was a member of the Hopewell United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed quilting and crocheting.
Bertha A. (Kauffman) Hoffman, 84, Erie, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Pleasant Ridge Manor East.
She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Lee) Kauffman.
She was married to James W. Hoffman, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hoffman was an 11-year resident of Erie and enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She lived in Punxsutawney for more than 30 years.
(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.)
(April 22, 1896)
Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House
Robert Edward Anderson Sr., 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Melbourne, Fla.
He was born April 17, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Bessie (Matthews) Anderson.
He was married to Mary Johnston Anderson, who survives.
Mr. Anderson was employed as a teacher for the Punxsutawney Area School District.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the Westmoreland Lodge No. 518 and Accepted Masons.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Clyde K. Mohney, 89, Punxsutawney, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2012, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 20, 1922, a son of the late John C. and Fannie M. (Smith) Mohney.
He was a dairy farmer all his life.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Mohney enjoyed life; he was an avid reader and an avid hunter.
He enjoyed all of the flowers that surrounded his home, and he also enjoyed watching the birds at his bird feeder.