January 29th, 2014
Despite the cold and snow, those who visited the Pine Street Senior Center on Monday were in for quite a treat with a picnic in the snow. Though they didn't actually have a picnic in the snow, those in attendance were treated to the warmth of the indoors and picnic food, which included hot dogs. They were also treated to some entertainment, provided by Nancy Phillips (left) playing the bass and Bev Davis on vocals and guitar.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The countdown to Groundhog Day continues, and
in the meantime, volunteers and employees at Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenir Shop and the Chamber of Commerce have been fielding calls and shipping out Groundhog Day souvenirs.
For a full story on the souvenirs available at the shop this Groundhog season, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Robert Mario Bianco and Rita Richardson were crowned Groundhog King and Groundhog Queen of Mulberry Square on Tuesday, as Punxsutawney Phil paid a special visit for the crowning ceremony.
Pictured (front, from left) are Helen Berger, runner-up; Bianco, Richardson, Pat Dufell, runner-up; (back) Jason Grusky, The Big Chill, Groundhog Club Inner Circle; Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, Groundhog Club Inner Circle, holding Phil; and Jen Gjurich, Mulberry Square administrator.
June Lasher, 87, DuBois, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 19, 1926, in Mossgrove, Pa., a daughter of the late George and Lena (Toy) Rebold.
On Nov. 24, 1944, she married Floyd L. Lasher, who preceded her in death on July 20, 1989.
She was a member of the Lakeside United Methodist Church in DuBois.
She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and spending time with her Kmart girls.
A pedestrian was injured when she was struck by a vehicle in the Punxsutawney Post Office parking lot off East Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney at 4:35 p.m. on Monday.
Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department assisted Jefferson County EMS and Punxsutawney Borough Police at the scene.
The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.
The Punxsy Beta Sorority will be holding its annual Food Fest on Groundhog Day weekend, beginning at 11 a.m on both Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson Social Hall, located across from the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
Pictured here are two members of the Beta Sorority, Leila Smith and Lois Guilfoyle.
Mr. Albert R. Gretz, 81, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Al was born April 9, 1932, in Arnold, Pa., the eldest son of the late Albert R. Gretz, Sr., and Mary (Potocnak) Gretz.
On. Oct. 8, 1955, he married his loving wife, Phyllis A. (Murray) Gretz of Punxsutawney. She survives.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
Al was a pharmacist and the co-owner of Stewartâs Drug Store in Punxsutawney.
Robert B. "Bob" Henretta, 79, of Congress Street, Bradford, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
Born July 16, 1934, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Leo and Maxine (Bishop) Henretta.
On Jan. 10, 1953, in Olean, N.Y., he married Shirley (Groves) Henretta, who died on Aug. 22, 1993.
Mr. Henretta was a 1952 graduate of St. Bernard High School.
Mr. Henretta was a member of St. Bernard Church, the Don Raabe Big 30 All Star Committee and was on the Olean Times Herald All Star Selection Committee.
Pictured is Gene Roberts, organizer of the Annual Groundhog Day Chili and Hot Wing Cook-Off, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Punxsy Elks No. 301, located at 205 North Findley St. in Punxsutawney.
For more information or to enter the contest, call Roberts at 814-249-1086 or check out the event on Facebook at Annual Groundhog Day Chili Cook-off.
Proceeds will benefit HogheavenRescue.org.
Cody Craft, an Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company firefighter, is pictured with Austin Pate, of the Central Fire Department, after a fire in a storage bin in a house on Woodland Avenue was extinguished at 3:28 a.m. on Saturday.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.