November 6th, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It may seem a bit early to think about Christmas, but area businesses downtown are getting ready for the hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas shopping.
A variety of stores will be participating and offering great deals, as Mistletoe Madness 2014 will be held this Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. downtown.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Howard E. Yeaney, 80, of Reynoldsville, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare in DuBois.
Born April 11, 1934, in Punxsutawney, he was the son of the late Howard W. and Helen (Kromer) Yeaney.
On July 23, 1957, he married Donna I. Yeaney (Adamson) in Punxsutawney. She survives.
Howard was a steel worker for U.S. Steel, and retired in 1977. He was Protestant by faith.
He was a member of the Eagles and the Steel Workers Union.
Laurel Ann Magill, 56, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1956, in Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Farrie Elizabeth Mariner and Everett James Clark of Altoona.
Laurel enjoyed teaching the Bible, sketching, puzzles, plants and being outside in nature.
James â€śJimâ€ť A. Frederick, 82, of Parsippany, New Jersey, passed away on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Clareâ€™s Hospice in Dover, New Jersey.
Born on Oct. 19, 1932, he was the youngest of 10 children to the late Sarah and J. Frank Frederick of Punxsutawney.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Kelley Tucker and Tracey Osborne; four sons, Ronald of Fairfax, Virginia, Donald of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kenneth of Monaca, Pa. and John of DuBois, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three siblings, Mary, June and Richard.
Joann Baird, 62, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Mulberry Square Eldercare.
She was born on July 13, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy Roselli.
Joann was married to Roger Baird. He survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
In addition to Roger, she is survived by three children, Jason Roselli of DuBois, Joshua Burdick of Rimersburg and Jessica Baird of Punxsutawney; one sister, Sharon Gearhart and husband Delbert of Jamestown, Pa.; and two brothers, Rick Fisher and wife Ruth of Reynoldsville and Chuck Fisher of Rossiter.
The 2014 PAHS PowderPuff King and Prince, as voted by this year's senior class, were crowned during halftime of Wednesday night's annual PowderPuff game between the Sumo Seniors and Jacked-Up Juniors. This year's court (top photo) included (from left) Josh Volchko with escort Courtney Huffman; Luke Shiock with escort Brooke Stello; Marshall Richardson with escort Amber Ward; Connor Rees with escort Shaina Painter; Keegan Fischer with escort Hunter Shields; and Brandon Blose with escort Logan Brooks. Richardson was crowned King, and Blose was crowned Prince.
Sophia M. Strano, 91, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Baytown, Texas.
She was born April 6, 1923, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Frank and Leokadia (Yanoski) Moskowski.
On Aug. 7, 1943, she married Angelo R. â€śAngeâ€ť Strano, who preceded her in death on April, 6, 2013.
She was a member of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She worked as a clothing inspector for 20 years but was mainly a housewife who had a passion for cooking. She loved to cook for her children and grandchildren.
Richard T. McQuown, 41, of New Cumberland, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.
Mr. McQuown was born July 29, 1973, in Punxsutawney, a son of Thomas B. McQuown of Punxsutawney and Sheila M. (Hoffer) McQuown and Thomas Murphy of Weedville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Iraq War.
Rich was a 1991 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a 1996 graduate of IUP, where he received a bachelor's degree in regional planning. He was a member of Theta Chi and earned a master's degree in environmental science from Shippensburg University.
Pennsylvania Democratic businessman Tom Wolf has unseated the stateâ€™s Republican governor. 65-year-old Wolf, poured his personal fortune into the race and hammered the governor over declining education spending. Corbett, also 65 and a blunt former prosecutor, trailed Wolf badly in most pre-election polls.