January 2nd, 2011
Twila I. Meneely, 86, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Ms. Meneely was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Valier, a daughter of the late William E. Meneely and Alma (Leckburg) Meneely.Â
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Ms. Meneely worked for Capital Finance for 20 years and later for Union National Bank for 13 years before retirement. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and working tirelessly on family genealogy.
Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Doris Meneely and many nieces and nephews.
Cheryl D. Engle, 57, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at home.
She was born Aug. 3, 1953, in Princeton, W. Va., the daughter of the late Robert Davis and Janice McKenzie, and step-father Lake McKenzie.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mary Ann Bosak was a woman firefighter when there was no such thing as a woman firefighter in the Punxsutawney Fire Department.
Recently, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to place Bosak on the life membership list with the Station 20/Central and Punxsutawney Fire Departments after 20 years of being an active member. After all, she grew up at the fire hall with a family of firefighters including her father, the late J. Don Bosak, former chief of Central.
(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.)
(January 29, 1896)
Sued the Township for Damages
On Monday, January 13, P.S. Smith, of Canoe township, brought a suit in trespass for the sum of ten dollars against the Bell township school board for refusing to admit his children to the public schools.
WHEELING, W.Va. â€” The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team had a strong showing last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wheeling Park tournament as the Chucks took 10th place out of the 40-team field.
While the Chucks as a team looked strong up and down the board, the annual tournament was highlighted by the return of senior Kody Young, wrestling in his first action of the season.
Young, along with teammate Neko Cappella, finished the two-day tournament with a combined record of 8-0 to lead Punxsy, with Young's victories coming in record-breaking fashion.
December 30th, 2010
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Marion Center sophomore Brodey Thompson may not have been included on the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic All-Tournament team, but his three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Stingers past the Punxsy boys' basketball team Thursday night in front of a near-capacity crowd in Punxsutawney.
The Chucks (3-3) were ahead 49-48 with 9.3 seconds left before Daniel Triponey missed the front end of a one-and-one. As Marion Center's sharp shooting Alex Woodrow, the tournament MVP, raced down court, he was met by one of Punxsy's tallest players â€” Luke Janocha.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A day after scoring eight second-half points, the Punxsy girls' basketball team scored just 10 during the final two quarters Thursday to drop both games of the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic in Punxsutawney.
The Lady Chucks (2-6) trailed 28-20 after three quarters, but Hazleton was able to pull away with a 15-5 final quarter to earn a 43-25 victory in the tournament's consolation game.
â€˘ After seven years of war, President Obama formally declared the U.S. combat mission in Iraq to be over.
In contesting no victory, Obama concluded the war with 4,400 dead troops, in addition to tens of thousands injured and hundreds of billions of dollars spent.
He acknowledged the future of the nation with a commitment to fixing the exhausted economy.
â€˘ Sept. 2, following the explosion of an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, all 13 crew members were rescued.
This marked the second disaster in the Gulf of Mexico within a five-month period.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Cooper recalled Thursday that his mother used to have a needlepoint pillow bearing the words, â€śAfter 40, itâ€™s patch, patch, patch.â€ť
â€śForty sometimes becomes 50, but this year, Iâ€™ve had a lot of patches,â€ť said Cooper, 64, who is retiring after a 35-year career with S&T Bank. â€śI want to retire while I have the health to enjoy it.â€ť
Having undergone quadruple bypass surgery in July 2008, he said, â€śThat gets your attention.â€ť
His last day at the bank, where he serves as regional vice-president for commercial lending, is Monday.
â€˘ May 1, PAHS was the scene of the annual mock crash, an event sponsored by SADD, in which the results of drinking and driving are graphically portrayed.
â€˘ A fire destroyed a home at 144 Lower Clinton St., in Rossiter. The house was occupied by William Travis Jr., Marie Ondoua and their 19-month-old son, Domenic. It was ruled accidental by Punxsutawney-based State Police fire marshal Mick McCracken.
â€˘ May 3, PAHS juniors and seniors named Kaylyn Means as the prom queen, and Kyle Straub as the prom king at the Punxsutawney Country Club.