In a state the size of Pennsylvania, reaching a state championship tournament is a rare occasion.
In Part II of The Spirit Sports Year in Review, readers will have the opportunity to look back on eight different 2011 Punxsutawney teams that reached that level â€” one team even won its state title.
There was no lack of newsworthy sports in Punxsutawney this year, and The Spirit will feature one final installment of Year in Review in Saturday's edition.
13- & 14-year- old VFW All- Stars win states
â€˘ Natasha Tinnette Adams, daughter of Joe and Rhonda Adams of Marion Center, was born at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.
Weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and 18 1/2-inches in length, Natasha was the first baby born for 2011 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
â€˘ By a unanimous vote, state Rep. Sam Smith of Punxsutawney was elected speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, while state Sen. Joe Scarnati of Brockway was sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Senate for a third time.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Community Centerâ€™s Jackson Theater will receive some equipment upgrades and become even more of a local attraction in coming months, thanks to a grant from Dominion Energyâ€™s philanthropic foundation.
Martha Irene (Weaver) Alcorn, 93, Punxsutawney, formerly of Ringgold, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Wellington Heights.
She was born May 29, 1918, in Ringgold, a daughter of the late Franklin and Nellie (Caylor) Weaver.
Dec. 9, 1939, she married Harry W. Alcorn, who preceded her in death May 14, 1992.
A homemaker, Mrs. Alcorn was a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 2011 has been a year which saw many great accomplishments â€” from teams to individual â€” in the Punxsutawney area, and as the year winds to an end, it is the perfect time to look back on some of the achievements which stood out in 2011.
There are too many to list, and surely, some notable stories will be left off the list, but the year was one of transition, as The Spirit saw its first new sports writer since late in 2006.
Amid the transition, Punxsutawney area sports continued to thrive, leaving plenty to review as the area looks forward to 2012.
BROOKVILLE â€” The chief administrator for Jefferson County Court system is ready to call it a career when, at the end of the month, after 27 years of serving the county in various capacities, she will retire.
Patricia Ellis, Jefferson County Court System administrator, first worked for District Judge George Miller's office. After that, she worked with adult and juvenile probation.
After the two departments split, she worked for juvenile probation, then as the judicial secretary under Judge Edwin Snyder.
(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.)
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Patricia A. McLaughlin, 67, DuBois, formerly of Hazen, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
She was born March 1, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Grace (Dinger) Hollenbaugh.
She married Alvin York McLaughlin, who preceded her in death Aug. 31, 2002.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Lighthouse Community Church in Brockway.
She enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading and painting.
Mrs. McLaughlin was retired. She had been employed at S&T Bank in Brookville for 19 years.
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, 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.