October 5th, 2014
The 13th Annual Punxsy Pizza & Prevention was held on Saturday at Punxsy Pizza. One of the highlights of this yearâ€™s event was a visit from Punxsutawneyâ€™s favorite son, Devin Mesoraco, catcher for the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team.
For more highlights from this year's Punxsy Pizza & Prevention, pick up Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsutawney native Frank A. Palmerino, 75, of Riverside, California, passed away on Sept. 28, 2014 in Riverside, California.
He was the son of Frank and Jessie (Carlino) Palmerino.
He is survived by his companion of 43 years, Ted McKinney of Riverside, California; three sisters, Adelaide Palmerino, Roseanne Fallara and Lucy Ivens, all of Punxsutawney; and two brothers, James Palmerino and Alfred Palmerino of Fremont, California.
The 2014 PAHS Homecoming Queen and Princess, as voted by this yearâ€™s senior class, were crowned during halftime of Fridayâ€™s varsity football game against A-C Valley. This yearâ€™s court included (top photo, from left) Hunter Smith with escort Ruben Taylor; Emily Schall with escort Zane Dilts; Amber Ward with escort Marshall Richardson; Jensen Constantino with escort Lucas Mennetti; Anna Horner with escort Trenton Gaston; and Allison Fye with escort Jerad Meterko. Constantino was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Ward was crowned Princess.
Sources have reported that, due to a bomb threat at the school today, the football game scheduled at Brookville High School tonight against Keystone has been postponed until 1 p.m. tomorrow.
D9sports.com reported the news Friday afternoon, citing information from school officials.
The senior class at PAHS recently selected six senior girls to be on the Homecoming Queenâ€™s Court. This yearâ€™s court includes Jensen Constantino, Allison Fye, Anna Horner, Emily Schall, Hunter Smith and Amber Ward.
The girls with the highest and second-highest vote counts will be crowned queen and princess at tonight's Homecoming football game against A-C Valley.
For full Queen's Court bios, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Ida Catherine Doverspike Wolfgang, 90, died on Sept. 27, 2014, at St. Maryâ€™s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, Maryland.Â
Born May 31, 1924, in Mt. Tabor, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Russell Doverspike and Martha Smith Doverspike.
On May 24, 1947, Ida married Jay R. Wolfgang. They were married for 58 years until his death in 2005.
She lived in Carmichaels, Pa., from 1950 on and moved to Ringgold in 1978, where she lived until 2011, when she became a resident of St. Maryâ€™s Nursing Center.
James A. Johns, 34, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Penn Highlands Health Care in DuBois.
Born June 10, 1980, James was the son of Howard E. Johns and Janice F. (Campbell) Barrett. They survive.
Formerly, James worked in a pressed metal factory. He enjoyed mechanical work, computers and fixing trucks. He was a member of Cowboy Church in Florida.
Preparations have been underway for Punxsy Pizza and Prevention, to be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Punxsy Pizza located at 115 North Findley St. in Punxsutawney. Pictured (from left) are Ed Kengersky, Kengersky Nationwide Insurance; Bryan Smith, assistant chief Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company; Nathan Shotts, Punxsy Pizza; Larry McGuire Rembowski, member of the Central Fire Department and secretary for the Punxsutawney Fire Department; Denny Fetterman, secretary of Punxsutawney Eagles FOE No. 1231; and Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza.
James R Shirley, 96, originally of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Born on Nov. 26, 1917, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Bertha N. (Long) Shirley.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Ruth Shirley; one son, Donald R. Shirley and wife Patricia of Palm Harbor, Florida; one daughter, Sandra J. Nungester and husband Don of Spring, Texas; and one niece, Karen Harshman of Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, having served in World War II.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Community leaders and friends of Jack D. White, 75, who passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends on Monday, memorialize him as a great friend and one who was willing to give his time to help his community and school district.
White had been a member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board for 17 years and had a part in some of the major construction projects that took place, the construction of the Punxsutawney Area Middle School building and the renovations at Punxsutawney Area High School.