June 20th, 2014
This yearâs Laurel Pageant was held on Wednesday evening â the first day of the ongoing festival â naming the queen and her court.
This yearâs Laurel Queen is Mariah Gareis of Sigel (front, center).
Her court includes (front, from left) Laurel Princess Ashley Himes, Laurel Prince Grayden McMaster, (back) first runner-up and Miss Congeniality Kylee Murray, second runner-up Kayleen Schuckers and third runner-up April Nicole Hetrick.
Contestants were judged based on a talent portion, an evening gown presentation and their answers to an impromptu question.
Kenneth C. "K.C." "Ken" Bracken, 35, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Bracken was born Jan. 9, 1979, in DuBois, a son of the late Kenneth L. "Bear" Bracken and his mother, Tammy Bowser, who survives.
He worked for B & W. Constructors and Equipment as a welder.
He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and Jeff Tech.
Ken was a good friend and will be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Olga Gresock, 81, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare Brookville.
She was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Catherine (Hardick) Gresock.
She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling and yard work.
She retired from the Bell Telephone Company after 35 years and also worked for her brother at Nickâs Corner Lunch for six years.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer.
The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community
who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs
familiar face is Chrissy Clark.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Chrissy Clark is a familiar face. You may recognize her as one of the dental assistants at Punxsy Dental. Or perhaps you have seen her throughout the community.
Music in the Park kicked off Thursday evening with a performance by Chaps, a classic rock/country band. With a large crowd in attendance, the band rocked Barclay Square.
The next Music in the Park will be on July 10, with a performance by The Avenue, a classic rock band.
The ladies of Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine Church are shown here taking a break after cooking and cleaning to get ready for their church festival, which will be held Saturday evening from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pictured (front, from left) are Elaine Koromaus, Lynn Mikelonis, Marcella Petroff, Agnes Semon, Rose Meterko, Maria Hibbard; (back row) Debbie Kaza, Nikki Rake, Donna Bowser, Monica Cianciotti and Aileen Kolodick.
Daniel Joseph Hopkins, 21, of Orange Park, Florida, was reunited with his Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at home with his mom by his side.
He was born Dec. 28, 1992, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Daniel had an incurable, rare brain disorder known as Neuro-degeneration Brain Iron Accumulation.
He graduated from his hospital bed last month from Middleburg High School.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Emory (Joe) Helsel; and his great-grandparents Clarence and Anna Hopkins and Donald and Ruby Reagle.
Raymond Richard Barrineau, 55, of Rochester Mills, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Pittsburgh.
He was born on July 15, 1958, in Audubon, New Jersey, a son of Richard Eugene Barrineau of Jacksonville, Florida, and Henrietta "Honey"(Blankenship) Wolfe and husband Harry of Rochester Mills.
On Nov. 27, 1986, he married Elizabeth Ann Albertson. She survives and resides in Rochester Mills.
Byrtha L. âByrtâ Smathers, 95, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.
She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Olie and Gillen (Bastine) Amundson.
She married W. William âBillâ Smathers, on March 22, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994.
She was the first manager of the Mahoning Towers for 23 years and retired from there at the age of 83.
She managed the YMCA and will be remembered for organizing the YAR dances in the early â70s.
Four people were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital with unknown injuries following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on East Mahoning Street on Wednesday morning in Punxsutawney, when a red Dodge Dakota was struck by a silver Subaru and a red Peterbilt tractor trailer.
For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.