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January 27th, 2015

County takes 'first step' on construction on business park

January 27, 2015

BROOKVILLE — The county has taken its "first step" toward the construction of the Jefferson County Business Park, Commission Chairman Paul Corbin said at Tuesday's meeting of the county commissioners, where a bid was accepted to begin work.

The commissioners unanimously approved a motion to award the construction contract for the water/sewer project — which will extend both services along SR 28 for the purpose of establishing infrastructure at the site of the park — to the low bidder, Wilson Excavating and Grading, Inc., in the amount of $556,079.10.

Lady Chucks down Lady Raiders with potent offense

January 27, 2015

The Lady Chucks earned a season sweep of the Brookville Lady Raiders on Tuesday with a 56-36 victory. Punxsy’s offense was firing on all cylinders, with three players — including Nicole DiPietro (pictured here), Jensen Constantino and Hope Bridge — reaching double digits, and the points coming from the inside and outside.

For a full recap from the game, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

All PAHS teams are idle today, but Wrestling will host St. Marys on Thursday, when junior high boys' basketball will also host Ridgway.

January 26th

Mesoraco signs extension with Reds

January 26, 2015

Punxsy's own Devin Mesoraco reportedly signed a four-year extension with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, avoiding arbitration with the team.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.

January 25th

H. Geraldine "Jerry" Pifer, 86

January 25, 2015

H. Geraldine "Jerry" Pifer, 86, formerly of Big Run, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Mulberry Square Eldercare.

She was born on July 29, 1928, in Sykesville, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Ethel Wilma (Daisher) Kramer.

On June 26, 1947, she married Delbert Franklin Pifer. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2008.

She was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.

Jerry and her husband owned and operated Pifer's Sterling Service Station in Big Run.

Ruth Eleanor Adamson, 94

January 25, 2015

Ruth Eleanor Adamson, 94, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born on April 24, 1920, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Axel Theodore and Anna Mary (Jones) Nelson.

Mrs. Adamson graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School.

She married Myron J. Hutchins in 1941, who preceded her in death. She subsequently married Ralph Edward Adamson, who was a U.S. Navy veteran. He preceded her in death, as well. Ralph was more than just her husband. He was her companion, a devoted father and her best friend. Ralph was a good man who was loved by many.

Annual Chili and Wing Cook Off to spice up Groundhog festivities

January 25, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During this season of cold and sometimes freezing weather, if you're looking for a way to warm up, then you'll want to head to the 11th annual Groundhog Day Chili and Hot Wing Cook Off to be held Saturday, Jan. 31.

This year, it will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at a new location this year — the Gobbler’s Knob building.

Gene Roberts, director of the cook off, said the event is usually held the evening prior to Groundhog Day. However, with the Super Bowl falling on Feb. 1 this year, organizers felt that there would be better attendance on Jan. 31.

January 23rd

Vince Gill to come calling in Punxsy with concert at PACC

January 23, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Our little town recently saw the arrival of country Star Wynonna Judd, and now, to help the country fans out there brave through the winter weather, it's been announced that country legend Vince Gill will be performing on Friday, May 15 at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.

Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with "When I Call Your Name," winning the Country Music Association's Single and Song of the Year awards and earning a Grammy.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

The latest 'Bad Lip Readings' video skewers many of the NFL's biggest stars with some unforgettable lines.

Mary L. Wright, 74

January 23, 2015

Mary L. Wright, 74, of Mahaffey, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Wright was born April 2, 1940, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late Robert and Ethel (Rowles) Price.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Wright of Mahaffey.

She loved gardening, flowers and being a grandmother and homemaker.

Josephine Gaffney, 81

January 23, 2015

Josephine Gaffney, 81, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville, Pa.

Born May 22, 1933, in Rossiter, Indiana County, she was the daughter of the late Blair and Bessie Hawthorne Hawk. She was married to the late Thomas Gaffney Sr.

Josephine retired after being a home care aide for over 25 years. She attended the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.

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