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December 30th

VIDEO: Report - Ben Tate visiting with Steelers

December 30, 2014

December 29th

Fred Walker, 75

December 29, 2014

Fred Walker, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Walker was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Howard and Mary Lucille (Smith) Walker.

In 2003, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol Ann (Kensinger) Walker, to whom he devoted his life.

Ray W. Peace, 84

December 29, 2014

Ray W. Peace, 84, of Big Run, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born on July 30, 1930, in McGees Mills, Pa., the son of the late August Albert and Martha Florence (Bouch) Peace.

Mr. Peace worked for Bowser Lumber Company as a debarking machine operator before his retirement. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

Ray was married to Josephine Dolores Penvose in October 1960. She preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1999, after nearly 39 years of devoted marriage.

Paul D. “Barney” Barnett, 59

December 29, 2014

Paul D. “Barney” Barnett, 59, formerly of Punxsutawney and Duncannon, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in the Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.

He was born in Punxsutawney on April 19, 1955, to the late Emerson and Marie (Sowers) Barnett.

Barney was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and retired as an EMT from the West Shore EMS. He was a life member and past chief of the Elk Run Fire Company in Punxsutawney for over 30 years. He was a member of the Port Matilda Fire Company, the Boalsburg Fire Company and the West Shore EMS.

December 28th

M. Duane Wells, 72

December 29, 2014

M. Duane Wells, 72, of Distant, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Born on Jan. 4, 1942, in Distant, he was the son of the late Merle B. and Viola M. (Smith) Wells. He was married on Sept. 29, 1961, to Beverly J. (Truitt).

Lyle E. Wachob Sr., 86

December 29, 2014

Lyle E. Wachob Sr., 86, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Mulberry Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Crist and Louise (Brewer) Wachob.

On April 17, 1949, he married Geraldine “Gerry” F. Martin, who survives.

He was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney. He worked as a farmer and in excavation.

Lyle enjoyed horses, farming, hunting, his farm dogs and taking his daily ride around the farm on his four-wheeler.

December 26th

Construction at water treatment plant to protect service against wet weather

December 26, 2014

BIG RUN — Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) has announced the start of construction to install a concrete wall to protect the company's Punxsutawney Water Treatment Plant, located on the East Branch of the Mahoning Creek, from flooding during extreme wet weather events.

Josephine Posti, PAWC community relations coordinator, said the cost of this plant improvement is approximately $225,000.

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

Eleanor E. McCullough, 83

December 26, 2014

Eleanor E. McCullough, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 13, 1931, in Morann, Pa., Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Elizabeth (Holeva) and George Shedlock Sr.

Eleanor graduated in 1950 from Houtzdale Woodward High School, and in 1986 from Punxsutawney Beauty School. She was first married on July 28, 1956, to William G. Budihas, who preceded her in death in 1965. She then married John “Jack” McCullough on June 6, 1974. He also preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1998.

Donald A. Hopkins Jr., 53

December 26, 2014

Donald “Donny” Allen Hopkins Jr., 53, of Rossiter, Pa., formerly of Burnside, Pa., died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

The son of Donald A. and Helen L. (Armstrong) Hopkins Sr., he was born on Oct. 6, 1961, in Indiana, Pa.

Donny graduated from Purchase Line High School, as well as the DuBois School of Trades, where he earned a degree in masonry and contracting. He worked as a mason since 1981. For the majority of his career, Donny had been self-employed, working under the name of Donald Hopkins Masonry.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

December 26, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The Best Tips and Tricks for Christmas Leftovers

When the holiday celebration is over you don't have to let the good taste go to waste! There are a few creative ways to recreate new tasty dishes with remaining food. Here are some tips and tricks to makeover holiday leftovers.

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