October 10th, 2011
Dennis D. Hook, Brooksville, Fla., passed away Sept. 19, 2011.
He was born in Spangler and was a 1966 graduate of Purchase Line High School.
Mr. Hook moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where he spent most of his life. He worked for P&C Foods as a truck driver, accumulating more than 1.5 million safe driving miles. He also received New York State Safe Driver of the Year awards.
He retired after 34 years with the Teamsters Local No. 317, then moved to Florida where he wanted to retire for a while. He also worked for Autoway-Ford of Brooksville for four years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The members of the Public Safety Committee said at a recent meeting that with the opening of the brine water treatment facility near the Punxsy sewage treatment facility, on-street parking will have to be eliminated for both Water Street and Grace Way.
Larry Chenoga, committee member, said that he, along with Mike Porada, committee chairperson; and Ben White, borough manager, spent several hours observing traffic coming in and out on the two streets and recommend that all parking be eliminated because of the size of the trucks hauling the water in for treatment.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Sunday School students from the First Church of God in Punxsy, Grace United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army did some
gardening at Harmon Field Sunday morning as part of a Bible lesson.
A new initiative called "Hands On Faith" has begun for students K-5, said Karissa Spencer, director of Children's Ministries (K-5) at First Church of God.
Spencer said that once a month, "Hands On Faith" will try and perform a community service project to coincide with a Bible lesson.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 8, 1896)
SHOT IN THE BACK
An Italian's Bold Attempt at
RIDGWAY â€” Despite taking only fourth place out of nine complete teams, the Punxsutawney girls' cross country team took a big step forward Saturday at the Ridgway Invitational as it was just five points behind District IX opponent DuBois and only two in back of perennial favorite Bradford.
Elk County Catholic won the meet with 81 points with DuBois, Bradford and Punxsy all close on their heels.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy Chucks trailed by six at halftime, and the defense came out and forced the Clarion Bobcats into three consecutive three-and-outs to begin the second half, but the Bobcats' defense stopped the Chucks offense twice inside the 10-yard line to shut the Chucks out in the second half and earn a 19-7 win Friday night in Punxsutawney.
Because of Punxsy's shutdown defense, the Chucks outdid Clarion on the stat sheet, but the Bobcats bend-but-don't-break style of defense came through for them in the end.
BROOKVILLE â€” The passing game was questionable for the Brookville Raiders during the first half, as quarterback Steve Kennedy was 3-for-10. But in the second half, Kennedy found his arm and his target â€” Sebastian Kerr â€” and the two led Brookville to a convincing 37-13 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions Friday night in Brookville.
The Lions played arguably their best half of football this season, and Brookville had only a 15-13 lead at halftime.
James I. Lewis,Â 82, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and May (Airgood) Lewis.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Lewis owned a convenience store in Cloe in the late â€˜60s and early â€˜70s.
His hobbies were fishing and hunting.
Surviving relatives include a brother, Garland Lewis and wife Maria; a sister, Donna May Wells; and nieces and nephews.
Frances V. Pape Stojek, 83, DuBois, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Galletta) Pape.
Sept. 16, 1948, she married Albert "Snuffy" Stojek, who preceded her in death May 29, 1970.
Mrs. Stojek graduated from SS. Cosmas and Damian High School in Punxsutawney in 1946.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Reynoldsville and a former member of S.S. Cosmas and Damian Church in Punxsutawney and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in DuBois.
Anthony Test, 89, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at UMPC-Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born June 25, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John P. and Frances (DelPrincipe) Test.
April 24, 1948, he married Grace E. (Motter) Test, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Test was the former owner of the Matterhorn Co. in Punxsutawney.
A veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as a private first class. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Mr. Test was a member of SS. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church, Punxsutawney.