January 26th, 2014
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” We tend to be a reflective, nostalgic bunch â€” a group that enjoys looking back on the â€śgood olâ€™ days.â€ť
With that in mind, those of us here at The Spirit thought it might be fun to look back on both our history and the history of our townâ€™s most famous event by printing a book that looked back on the front pages that fell on the next printing day after Groundhog Day.
Thatâ€™s how â€śHog History: A Collection of Philâ€™s Prognostications as documented in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€ť came about.
Friday night, the Punxsutawney Area High School Winter Sports Queen was crowned at halftime of the boysâ€™ basketball game against DuBois.
Emilee States (second from right) was crowned queen. She was escorted by Matthew Burkett (far right).
Juliann Boddorf (second from left) earned the honor of princess, and she was escorted by Matthew Burke (far left).
At halftime of tonightâ€™s boysâ€™ basketball game against DuBois, the Winter Sports Queen and Princess will be crowned.
Pictured are the court members (front, from left) Emily Travis, Juliann Boddorf; (back) Jenna Knox, Jadie Smith, Jordan Knox and Emilee States.
Read all about the court members in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in 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 Mark Young.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mark Young is a familiar face. You may recognize him as one of the new owners of Rosemanâ€™s Florist. Or perhaps you have seen him throughout town.
Young was born and raised in Punxsutawney and is a 2001 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
Members of the local police force and the Punxsutawney Fire Department saw off the competitive cheerleader squad from Punxsutawney Area High School on Thursday afternoon, as they departed for the state championships in Hershey, Pa.
The snow picked up just in time for the departure, similar to confetti falling from the sky.
Maybe it was Mother Natureâ€™s way of wishing the team good luck. Punxsy will compete Friday, and â€” if the team qualifies â€” Saturday as well.
Dorothy R. Deeley, 88, Punxsutawney, formerly of Anita, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Jefferson Manor.
She was born April 20, 1925, in Anita, a daughter of J. William and Ruby
Mae (Treharne) Radaker.
On Aug. 23, 1947, she married Charles Deeley, Jr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 2008.
She was a member of the Anita Assembly of God, where she also served as their treasurer for over 40 years.
She was a lifetime resident of the Anita and Punxsutawney areas.
Clifford C. "Clyde" Neal, 84, of Sportsburg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.
Mr. Neal was born April 29, 1929, in Furnace Run, the son of the late Reece and Ruth (Anthony) Neal.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donnabelle (Muth) Neal, of Sportsburg. They were married May 20, 1961.
Mr. Neal was a member of the Sportsburg United Methodist Church.
He was a loving family man who thought the world of his family and grandsons.
Betty J. Smith, 89, of Grove City, formerly of La Jose, passed away
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Orchard Manor in Grove City.
Mrs. Smith was born Nov. 22, 1924, in La Jose, a daughter of the late Henry and Daisy (McMaster) Michael.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Smith, on Jan. 21, 2007.
She was a member of the Grove City CMA Church.
Betty was known by everyone as a friend and prayer warrior.
Her interests were other people, which was cross generational.
She was a woman who chose to speak words of encouragement rather than criticism.