January 27th, 2014
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 Stewartâ€™s 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.
It may have been a bit slippery outside with snow and slush, but that didn't stop many from attending the Breakfast with Phil and Groundhog Tour event, held at the Elks Saturday morning.
Children and adults came and enjoyed a delicious breakfast before heading out on the Groundhog Bus to tour Punxsutawney, Gobblerâ€™s Knob and the Groundhog Headquarters, before ending at the Souvenir Shop.
Working hard in the kitchen were members of the Inner Circle and a special volunteer.
(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.)
January 18, 1888
Ronald â€śPaulâ€ť Bussard, 87, of Dayton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, 33 days after losing
his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth I. (Stiteler) Bussard, whom he married Dec. 6, 1946, now reunited forever.
He was born Sept. 9, 1926, in Wayne Township, the son of Charles B. and Clara L. (Good) Bussard.
Paul was a resident of the Dayton area most of his life, having graduated from the Dayton Normal Institute in 1944.
H. Louise Vandervort, 65, of Sykesville, passed away, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Vandervort was born Nov. 8, 1948, in Bedford, a daughter of the late Genevieve and Bob Roach.
She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Vandervort. They were married on Nov. 3, 1965.
Louise loved to crochet, sew, play bingo and spend time with her family and her favorite dog, Spirit.
George C. Carey, 54, Rossiter, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 16, 1959, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late George J. and Audrey Claire (Painter) Carey.
On Dec. 24, 2011, he married Connie (Bair) Ryen Carey, who survives.
He worked as a Service Technician at KPM/Herkules Group in Ford City, Pa.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his Harley-Davidson and ATVs and family activities.
He was also a sponsor for Narcotics Anonymous for many years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The theme is laughterâ€¦and plenty of it as the members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG) announce the line-up of the three plays selected for the Guildâ€™s 39th anniversary season.
Since 1975, PTAG has been spotlighting local talent in live stage productions.
The tradition continues in 2014 with the launch of the annual patronsâ€™ drive to encourage area residents to become part of the activities.