January 7th, 2015
I-80 West is closed at mile marker 65 due to a multiple vehicle crash which is being reported as a fatal accident from multiple news sources.
Traffic is being transferred off of I-80 West at Exit 70 â Strattanville to SR 322 West to Clarion.
More information will be forthcoming.
If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:
-- Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
-- Turn on your headlights.
-- Stay in your lane.
-- Increase your following distance.
The girls' basketball game scheduled for tonight between Punxsutawney and Elk County Catholic at PAHS has been cancelled.
The make-up date has been scheduled for Thursday, with JVs tipping off at 6 p.m. and varsity to follow.
DUBOIS â A special ceremony was held for Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brad Wilson on Tuesday afternoon at his home. Wilson, who was shot serving in the line of duty and is now confined to a wheelchair, was awarded an Action Trackchair, which will enable him to move around outside and in the woods. Pictured (front row) are Wilson and his wife, Erica. Also pictured (back row) are Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Colonel Timothy Mercer of Harrisburg and Pennsylvania State Police Major George Kuzilla, area commander.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Burnett R. âBernieâ Haag, 92, of Troutville, passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Christ The King Manor in DuBois.
Bernie was born on Sept. 12, 1922, in Brady Township, the son of the late Arthur B. Haag and Anna Belle Dusch Haag.
On June 26, 1944, he married Irene Whitesell Haag, who preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2010.
Bernie was a World War II veteran, having served in Army Tech 4.
He was a 1940 graduate of Brady Township High School in Brady Township, Pa.
He retired as the owner and operator of Haag Tire Service in Reynoldsville after 15 years in business.
Sally Ann Kunselman, 63, of Ringgold, died Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, at her home after a three-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family.
Born on Aug. 9, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Florence Mooney Cable.
Sally was a 1969 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
She was married to Russell W. Kunselman on Aug. 10, 1991, in Walston, Pa.; he survives.
She was employed by Sara Gaul as a personal caregiver until she retired in January of 2012.
Helen Jean Colvin, 73, of Reading, Pa., passed away Jan. 3, 2015, in her residence, of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones.
Helen JeanÂ was the wife of the late Robert T. Colvin. Born in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late James Palmer and Helen (Mackey) Palmer.
Helen JeanÂ was of the Catholic faith. SheÂ held various jobs and retired from US Airways in Pittsburgh after many years of service.
Dennis Robert Sovich, 51, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer.
Denny was born in Punxsutawney on May 24, 1963, to the late Nick and Connie Sovich.Â He was a member of theÂ PAHS Class of 1981.Â Denny was employed at Coldwell Banker in Sarasota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael J. Porada, 75, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1939, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael M. Porada and Anna (Knopick) Porada.
He was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church and a graduate of the SS.C.D. High School in 1957.
On Feb. 23, 1963, in Fort Benning, Georgia he married the former Linda Tewart, who survives.
He served as a member of the United States Army Reserves.
Dominic DelRosso Jr., 85, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, following a previous vehicle accident.
He was born on May 19, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Dominic DelRosso Sr. and Annie (Aldamito) DelRosso.
Dominic was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II.
He was a member of SS.C.D. Catholic Church in Punxsutawney.
Mr. DelRosso spent most of his life working in the coal mining industry. In his spare time, he liked to build and remodel houses.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ The Lady Chucks basketball team played host to Clearfield on Monday night in the first PAHS sports action of the new year, and Punxsy got things going in the right direction for 2015 with a 63-34 victory over the Lady Bison.
For a full recap from the game, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Tuesday's PAHS athletics schedule includes:
â¢ Junior High / Varsity Wrestling vs. Curwensville, 6/7 p.m.
â¢ 7/8/9 Boys' Basketball at Elk County, 4 p.m.
â¢ JV / Varsity Boys' Basketball at Elk County, 6/7:30 p.m.