Archive - 2013 - News Article
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” A 12-year-old boy died in an accident Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Police said the incident occurred at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, as the boyâ€™s father was operating a Bobcat compact track loader along a private roadway off Rainbow Road in Henderson Township.
The boy was operating a horse-drawn wagon and inadvertently traveled behind the loader, which struck him, according to police.
Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
(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.)
August 18, 1897
A Mountain of Ore
The Punxsutawney Iron Company is putting in an immense quantity of ore. A little mountain of it is piled up on the grounds containing about 50,000 tons, and the company expects to have as much more there before navigation closes on the lakes.
UPDATE: Police have issued a release announcing that Novak has been located.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police have located Cassandra Lee Novak, 18, who was last seen at her Walls Road residence in Winslow Township at 6 p.m. Friday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The grieving process is certainly one that can carry on for many years after the loss of a loved one.
It never really, completely goes away, but through the healing power in the process, one can seek comfort in knowing he or she is not alone.
One local woman, Chris Gigliotti, has learned the healing power of grief. In 2009, she suffered the tragic loss of her beloved son, Adam Travis.
Gigliotti said that after his death, she spent a lot of time struggling and searching for "something" to help her deal with that loss.
On Friday, Verizon presented a check for $5,000 to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC) as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
Through the recommendation of Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Smith, Verizon is proud to partner with PWDC to support programs that empower young people with lifelong learning skills.
Spirit employees Lisa Ross (left) and Bridey Shawgo were recently honored by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club with Distinguished Service Citations for their work in composing and producing the Punxsutawney Spirit insert for the annual radio auction and several other Rotary projects.
In receiving the award, Ross and Shawgo were recognized and thanked for working tirelessly "behind the scenes" and doing a great job in support of the Rotary endeavors.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer.
The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Erin Cameron.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When it comes to recognizable faces, you may recognize Erin Cameron, owner of Creative Garden Child Care Center. You may also recognize her for her work in the community.
Born and raised in Punxsutawney, Cameron is a 1997 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
PUNXSUATWNEY â€” For its 2013-2014 season, the Punxsutawney Concert Association will present its first concert to subscribers and the public on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with the appearance of The Gothard Sisters at the Punxsutawney Area Senior High School. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
A special Sept. 11 tribute was held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 1231, Wednesday evening, with special guest speakers in attendance. Pictured are (front, from left) Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Smith, Jefferson County Commissioner Paul Corbin, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle, Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre, Jefferson County Commissioner Jeff Pisarchik; (back) Eagles F.O.E. Aerie 1231 Chaplain Richard Meehan, President of Ladies Eagles Auxiliary Tina Szakelyhidi and Eagles F.O.E. Aerie 1231 Denny Fetterman.
(Editor's Note: In this piece submitted by Peggy Anthony, the Punxsy woman details a bit more of the history of her nephew, Private Thomas W. Steele, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War.
Steele's remains were returned to Pennsylvania in 2005 and buried with his mother in the Perry Memorial Cemetery in Frostburg. His name is on the Vietnam Monument in Barclay Square.