January 23rd, 2014
Mary Jane (Beck) Ackerd died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was married to Bernard Ackerd, and they lived in Punxsutawney all their lives.
They had one son, and he died when he was an infant.
Mrs. Ackerd was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be private and held at a later date.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Ackerd, and her infant son, James Ackerd.
Bradford â€” check. Brookville â€” check. The Punxsy boys' basketball team took care of two rivals in their last two games, and they look to make it three in a row tonight, as they'll play host to DuBois at home. Prior to the varsity game, the ninth-grade team and junior varsity team will take to the court to face DuBois, as well.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney School Board held its committee meeting Wednesday night, with many issues being discussed.
One issue discussed was that of IUP-Punxsy students using the middle school pool during open swim hours. IUP-Punxsy Assistant Dean of Students Theo Turner was on-hand to answer any questions that the board had.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Thanks to the assistance of the community, the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) has reached its goal of $70,000 to purchase a new digital projector for the Jackson Theater.
Teresa Neal, the Punxsutawney Community Center Boardâ€™s theater chair, said the center had set its goal at $70,000, with a hope that it could raise it by June, when 35mm films will no longer be produced.
Eugene Miller North, 86, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born on March 20, 1927, in Panic, a son of the late Roy W. and Lillian (Miller) North.
Mr. North served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was one of the last Charter members of the VFW Post No. 9044 in Big Run.
He was first married to Emma Jean Kline, who preceded him in death. He later married Mary Louise Richardson. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
After a quiet day at the varsity level, the girls' basketball team will start the action back up as it travels to DuBois to take on the Lady Beavers. Tip time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
As a community of faith, the students at SS.C.D. not only worship together, but they also learn, grow and build long-lasting relationships together that continue long after their schooling ends.
It is through these communities that the students find the strength to stay strong in their faith and to grow to be a productive part of their community.
Knowledge is just one part of that three-part community building.
Students at Saints Cosmas and Damian School get an advantage of small class sizes and todayâ€™s technology to prepare them for their future.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There was a large turnout of people who learned more about healthy cooking and eating on Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Social Center.
Cindy Mallory, a retired dietitian, instructed the group on how to cook healthy foods and to adapt a healthier lifestyle.
Mallory presented three healthy recipes, including millet sticks with sunflower/pecan breading.
She also demonstrated the art of creating baked sweet potato falafel
and showed how to convert an oily salad dressing into an oil-free one.
Members of the audience were able to taste the healthy creations.
Frances Evelyn (Narvey) Mocek, 97, DuBois, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, one day after celebrating her 97th birthday.
She was born Jan. 18, 1917, in DuBois, the daughter of the late Philip and Aniela (Kolek) Narvey (Nawoj).
She married Charles Mocek, who also preceded her in death.
She attended Sandy High School and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
She had worked at Sylvania in Emporium and later at Rockwell in DuBois, and then, after getting married, she became a homemaker and lived in Punxsutawney for many years.
Members of Radio Silence Productions â€” including Punxsy native Chad Villella â€” and Thinkmodo recently took to the streets of New York City to scare up a little publicity for the recently released film â€śDevilâ€™s Due.â€ť
Pictured here are (from left) James Percelay, Thinkmodo; Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Justin Martinez, Radio Silence; and Michael Krivicka, Thinkmodo.
For the full story, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.