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A SPIRITED SHOT

December 6, 2010

Katie Neale, of Ringgold, bagged this 175-pound, 10-point buck at 7:10 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson County. (Photo submitted)

Teen diagnosed with cancer offered trip to Mayport farm through foundation

December 6, 2010

CLOE — Thanks to a group of caring people, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cancer was able to go on the hunt of a lifetime.

Mark Hildebrand, of the Tom Siple Foundation, said that D.J. Honneffer and his dad, Daniel, of Ellwood City, were treated to a deer hunt Nov. 20 at Byrd Yeany Farms in Mayport.

Byrd Yeany III suggested that his dad, Byrd Yeany Jr., offer a hunt to a deserving individual.

Seiler L. Reitz, 85

December 6, 2010

Seiler L. Reitz, 85, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Carlton and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Reitz.

He was married to Marion V. (Spencer) Reitz of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Mr. Reitz attended the Albion United Methodist Church.

He worked for T.W. Phillips Gas Company for many years before retiring in 1987.

An avid sports enthusiast, he loved football, baseball and wrestling. He also enjoyed camping. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Rebecca (Montgomery) Meckley, 60

December 6, 2010

Rebecca (Montgomery) Meckley, 60, Cabot, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in the company of her family.

She was born Nov. 6, 1950, a daughter of the late John Calvin and Norma Jean Montgomery.

She lived most of her life in Cabot.

Mrs. Meckley was employed by H.P. Stars in Mars, and worked many years at Du-Co Ceramics in Saxonburg.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and spending time at camp.

Harry F. Kunselman, 86

December 6, 2010

Harry F. Kunselman, 86, Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born July 24, 1924, in Pinecreek Township, a son of the late George F. Kunselman and Lottye C. (Kroh) Kunselman.

Sept. 5, 1947, he married Ruth A. (Sprague) Kunselman, who preceded him in death Nov. 27, 2010.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 40th Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division, under General George Patton.

Richard “Decent” Francis Havrilla, 58

December 6, 2010

Richard “Decent” Francis Havrilla, 58, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born May 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Eleanor “Ellie” Mary (Pawhutsky) Havrilla, who survives, and the late Richard Carl Havrilla.

Mr. Havrilla had a passion for life and a love for music. He played bass guitar in various local bands such as The Reason Why, The Worthy Generation, Tyme, Kaos and most recently G3. He liked to help other people, and had played guitar in charity benefits. He was deeply touched when friends organized a benefit on his behalf. 

December 5th

Speaker reminds crowd of the lives lost as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor

December 6, 2010

BIG RUN — The Big Run VFW Post No. 9044 and Ladies’ Auxiliary remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor Sunday at Big Run’s War Memorial building.

The attack called the Hawaii Operation — or Operation Z, by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and the Battle of Pearl Harbor by some Americans — was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

The next day, the United States declared war on Japan, resulting in its entry into the second World War.

Way Back When

December 5, 2010

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(January 22, 1896)
A New City Hall

Some of these fine days, when Punxsutawney gets to be a city of thirty thousand or more souls, and has big iron works, steel mills, nut and bolt works, wire mill, nail mill, and a through road to Pittsburg, all of which is not only possible but extremely probable, we will need a fine, large City Hall.

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

December 5, 2010

Logan Geist, of Punxsy, bagged this 140-pound, four-point buck Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in Jefferson City. (Photo submitted)

FIRST BUCK

December 5, 2010

Brock Wymer, 12, of Punxsy, shot this 130-pound, six-point buck, his first, Nov. 29 at 7:20 a.m. in Locust. (Photo submitted)

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