May 23rd, 2014
On Tuesday evening, Rainbow Express Preschool celebrated its graduation ceremony at the Missionary Alliance Church in Punxsutawney.
Pictured here are the The PM Cookie Monsters
For a full list of the graduates and helpers, as well as more photos, pick up up today's issue to The Spirit.
Athletes from Punxsutawney and Brookville competed at the PIAA State Championship track and field meet this Friday. Among the more noteworthy competitors was Brandi Cooper, who placed seventh overall in the pole vault. Check out the full story in Saturday's edition of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
On Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club presented Hannah Rummel (center) with the Glenn M. Means Award, recognizing her as the 2014 Outstanding Vocational Student at Jefferson County DuBois Area Vocational Technical School.
Pictured at the presentation are David London, Punxsy Rotary representative; Heather Anderson, Jeff Tech counselor; and Rummel, with her parents, Debbie and Kurt Rummel.
Read all about Rummel in Saturday's issue of The Spirit.
McDonaldâ€™s representatives (from left) Shift Manager Sherry Huber, Manager Karen Love and Shift Manager Cheyenne Helman display some of the goods they collected for their Support The Troops campaign recently.
As a result of the campaign, 56 care packages will be sent over to troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
After a life fully lived, JD Taladay, 82, departed this Earth much later than he expected, on May 22, 2014.
Born Sept. 27, 1931, in Punxsutawney he was baptized Jerome Cosmas Damian at the church of the same name, where he was a lifelong parishioner.
Many called him Jerry; he invariably referred to himself as simply JD.
A 1949 graduate of SS.C.D. High School, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant and served in a combat zone during the Korean War.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is onein a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Jesse DeChurch.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Jesse DeChurch is a familiar face. You may recognize him as the owner of Jesseâ€™s Salon. Or perhaps you have seen him performing in the community.
DeChurch was born in Punxsutawney and raised in Cloe.
The Punxsutawney Eagles and Auxiliary will be hosting Child Safety Day from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.
The event will be held in the Eaglesâ€™ parking lot and is open to the public.
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop C will check car seats to make sure they are properly installed.
Punxsutawney Borough Police will offer fingerprinting, and the Punxsutawney Fire Department will demonstrate fire prevention.
Children who attend will have the chance to check out the fire truck, which will be on display.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It's a diagnosis that no one ever wants to hear, most certainly a young person â€” and that is cancer. For 23-year-old Stephanie Huey, it was the diagnosis that changed her life.
When one thinks of cancer, many of the obvious types may pop into the mind, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or pancreatic cancer.
However, what many don't realize is that there are other rare forms of cancer as well.
It was in July 2012, when Huey was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer
William â€śBillâ€ť Becker, 94, Snyder Road, Brookville, Rose Township, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Brookville Hospital, peacefully, surrounded by family.
He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Brookville, a son of John Becker and Theresia M. (Kasparek) Becker.
He was married to Bertha A. (Snyder) Becker for one year, before she preceded him in death July 30, 1945.
Feb. 28 1947, in Oakland, Maryland, he married Althea B. (Snyder) Becker, who survives, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage.
William briefly served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Ruth M. (Bodenhorn) Hoch Trithart, 97, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Jefferson Manor Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jacob and Ethel L. (McCormick) Bodenhorn.
She was first married to Preston S. Hoch on June 16, 1948. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1971.
She then married Arment N. Trithart on Aug. 7, 1975. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1992.
She was the last remaining of her family.
She attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church.