February 18th, 2014
Ralston A."Humphrey" Curry, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Wellington Heights.
Mr. Curry was born May 6, 1930, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Raymond and Viola (Startzel) Curry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Marie (Means) Curry. They were married Aug. 18, 1951.
Ralston began his first business venture with a hot dog wagon. He was known for his special sauce.
He was a bartender for the Punxsutawney Country Club and retired from Harvey Welding Supply Company.
He and his wife, Sara Marie, loved camping.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â On Monday night, The Punxsutawney Spirit offices were kept open a few extra hours, as the staff held a âMeet the Reportersâ event.
The reporters set aside time in their schedules to speak with members of the community about what exactly it is that they do here at The Spirit and Jefferson County Neighbors and were available for any potential story ideas, as well.
Pictured to the right is Punxsy resident Scott Anthony (second from left) with reporters Destiny Pifer (left), Michael Waterloo (second from right) and Dan Long.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â As the boysâ and girlsâ basketball teams in Punxsutawney took to preparing for their respective title games, the future stars of the varsity teams took to the court at PAHS on Monday night to tip off the annual elementary boysâ basketball tournament.
Action continues Tuesday night at a new venue â the middle school gymnasium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Punxsutawney Eagles 1231 Aerie and Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring a blood drive Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at the SS.C.D. auditorium.
Pictured (from left) are Bob Peace, trustee for the Eagles; Tina Szakelyhidi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary; and Denny Fetterman, secretary for the Eagles.
After having its Senior Night delayed multiple times, the Punxsy wrestling team will hit the mat tonight against DuBois, and it will honor its senior wrestlers. The match will be the last team match of the season for the Chucks.
John Reed, 59, of Reynoldsville, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his sisterâs home in Punxsutawney.
John was born in Kileen, Texas, on Jan. 13, 1955, the son of Frederick Maxwell Reed and Ruby Arlene Lougee.
As a steel block late-model racecar driver, he often found his way to the front of the pack among the roar of engines and cheering crowds.
For more than 40 years of being behind the wheel of the red, white and blue No. 9, John drew loyal fans to Hummingbird Speedway and Marion Center Speedway.
John was a shop foreman at Jefferson Paving Inc. for more than 20 years.
George L. Kunselman, 80, Hamilton, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 28, 1933, in Sprankle Mills, a son of the late Oral and Mary Edna (Black) Kunselman.
On April 26, 1957, he married Laura A. (Neville) Kunselman, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War.
He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Masons, the V.F.W. and the Perry Township Sportsmenâs Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and also helped run the fish hatchery.
(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.)
February 22, 1888
Last Friday night while Miss Sadie McCloskey, of Rathmel, was ironing, she accidentally struck the lamp with the flat iron, knocking it onto the floor.
Do you have an interesting story idea youâd like to run past someone?
Have you always wondered what exactly one of our reporters is like in person?
Do you have a suggestion for the paper?
Well, Monday, youâll get your chance to corral The Spirit and Jefferson County Neighbors reporters at the office, where you can run ideas past them or just chat with them for a few minutes.
The meet-and-greet session will be held at The Spiritâs office at 510 Pine Street on Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Weâd love for you to stop by and say hello!
HUSTON TOWNSHIP â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information about a 37-year-old Huston Township man who was last seen Friday, Feb. 14.
Police said Damion Rae Lipinski left his Bennetts Valley Highway residence Friday and has not been heard from since. He was reported missing today.
Lipinski was operating a maroon 2000 Buick Century with a PA license plate of JGX4717.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 814-371-4652.