April 29th, 2013
Karen Leigh Davis, 53, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born July 3, 1959, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Edward Leo and Helen Marie (Carol) Mitcho.
On June 3, 1983, she married Kevin Charles Davis, Sr.
She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.
Mrs. Davis was a home ec teacher for the Punxsutawney Area School District.
Her enjoyments were cooking, having a good laugh with her family and spending time with them, and the family dog, Tanner.
Bessie Magill, 88, of Brookville, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born March 14, 1925, in Ohl, a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary H. (Raybuck) Reitz.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
In 1970, she married Paul E. Magill.
He preceded her in death on May 2, 1989.
Bessie worked at Jefferson Manor until her retirement in 1979.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clair, Charles and William Reitz; and a sister, Anna Reitz.
During Sundayâs Loyalty Day commemoration, Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) and Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone (right) present area student Lana Malia with a certificate recognizing her for her efforts in creating a permanent record of veterans' graves at two area cemeteries as her senior project.
Rep. Glenn Thompson was the keynote speaker.
Read the full story in Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ When most people think of McDonald's, they think of a place to grab a quick bite to eat. What they don't see or realize is that each person has a story to tell.
Everyone has something happening in their life that is affecting them.
Sherry Huber is one of those people.
She watched all three of her children get deployed to Afghanistan.
She felt the same angst and worry as many others who have a loved one fighting overseas.
It was while sending care packages to her children that she became aware of some fellow soldiers who never receive reminders from home.
(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.)
May 5, 1897
The lecture given by Chaplain Lozier in the Methodist church last Thursday night was one of the best entertainments ever held in this town.
After some very witty remarks concerning the unoccupied seats and the entertainment, the audience joined in singing "Home Sweet Home."
William D. âKellyâ Hetrick, 89, a resident of Union Township, died on Saturday afternoon, April 27, 2013, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville following an extended illness.
His family was his life.
A resident of Brookville most of his life, he was born in Coolspring, Pa., on Dec. 19, 1923, a son of the late Everett T. Hetrick and Mary G. Alcorn Hetrick.
Williamâs entire 40-year career was spent in the coal mining industry.
He retired in 1984 from C & K Coal Company (formerly W. P. Stahlman Coal Company), where he worked for 31 years as a Coal Preparation Plant Manager.
Kermit L. Knarr, 61, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Knarr was born March 24, 1952, in DuBois, a son of the late Ralph Knarr and Geneva (Buhite) Knarr, who survives, of Reynoldsville.
He was married to Debbie Knarr, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Kermit was employed for over 20 years for Tilcon before retiring.
He attended the First Church of God.
He loved hunting, hunting camp, fixing things, cars, and most of all, his grandchildren.
The John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge is conducting the second day of the Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge Child Identification Program (CHIP) at the cafeteria of the Punxsutawney Area High School today.
CHIP consists of a still photo and digital video interview, fingerprints and a DNA kit to be completed at home in order to provide parents or guardians with information that can be given to the state police in the event that a child is abducted or missing.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In case you haven't looked out the window lately, the grass has been growing in your front and back yards, which means it's time to mow.
It also means that it is time for Mary McHenry, Punxsutawney Borough Code Enforcement Officer, to travel around looking for yards that are not mowed and other code violations.
"We give them more than ample time to get it cut," McHenry said, adding that most of the time, those in violation won't cut it until she sends out the notice.
She said rentals aren't typically too bad if there's a tenant in there.
Three 11th-grade students at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) were honored with certificates for doing well in the the new Keystone Exams that were administered for the first time this school year.
Pictured are district administrators, parents and students (front, from left) Haley Hartman, Laura Chelgren, Lauren Giavedoni, (back) Dr. Keith Wolfe, Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent; Rich Hartman, Dana Hartman, Tom Chelgren, Nancy Chelgren, Barbara Giavedoni, Tony Giavedoni, and Dave London, PAHS principal.