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March 3rd, 2014

Snow removal costs are piling up for Punxsutawney borough

March 3, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough is down to its final delivery of salt and anti-skid, even as the winter of 2013-2014 continues to take its toll on the borough's snow removal budget.

"We finally dodged a major storm for the first time over the weekend, which may be the first time this year," said Ben White, Punxsutawney Borough manager at Monday's Public Works Committee meeting.

Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

How sweet it is: Two Punxsy wrestlers Hershey-bound

March 3, 2014

This past weekend, members of the Punxsutawney Area High School wrestling team took to the mats at Regionals with their berths to this week’s PIAA State Tournament on the line, and two Chucks — Kaleb Young and Joel Bowers — advanced to the action in Hershey with second-place finishes in their brackets.

Pictured here after the tournament concluded are (from left) Punxsy head coach Eric Eddy, Bowers, fellow Regionals wrestler Josh Schuckers, Kaleb Young and assistant coach Buddy Young.

For a full recap from Regionals, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Connie Gresock, 81

March 3, 2014

Connie Gresock, 81, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at her daughter Cindi’s home.

She was born on Jan. 21, 1933, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Gus Charles Whitman and Yvonne (Kubeldis) Whitman.

On July 10, 1954, she married William H. Gresock, who preceded her in death on May 22, 2003.

She was a member of the Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.

She loved Bingo, cards, gambling, animals, reading books herself and reading books to her students.

John “Pat” Nadji, 66

March 3, 2014

John “Pat” Nadji, 66, Pifer Street, DuBois, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside in Pittsburgh.

Born March 16, 1947, in DuBois, he was the son of the late John & Genevieve (Duffalo) Nadji.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.

On July 12, 1968, he married Rebecca “Becky” (Ball) Nadji. She survives.

After 30 years of service, he retired from the United Parcel Service (UPS).

He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church.

Rodney L. Miller, 60

March 3, 2014

Rodney L. Miller, 60, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at home.

He was born Dec, 8, 1953, in Punxsutawney, the son of A. Leroy and Orpha E. (Yoas) Miller.

On Oct. 24, 1998, he married Darlene J. (Smith) Miller, who survives.

He attended the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Trade City.

He enjoyed tractors, guns, antiques, auctions and woodworking.

He was a vice president of the Rossiter Sportsmen’s Club and a lifetime member of the N.R.A.

He was the owner and operator of Rodney L. Miller Welding.

March 2nd

Way Back When

March 2, 2014

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 8, 1888

Fearful Tragedy at Bradford
About eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon a man named Kimball entered the First National Bank in Bradford, sprang over the counter and shot the cashier. He then ran out and started down the street, followed by a crowd of excited citizens. A butcher who attempted to head him off was shot and instantly killed.

Police investigating burglary in Young Township

March 2, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred around 6 p.m. Friday at a residence in Young Township.

At the time of the incident, police said the victim noticed a gray Hyundai Accent in her driveway and attempted to locate the driver by looking out windows around the entire house.

When she could not locate the driver, she returned to the window overlooking the driveway and yelled out to whoever was there.

John Ardell "Curly" Shernock, 75

March 2, 2014

John Ardell "Curly" Shernock, 75, of Rochester Mills, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Shernock was born July 7, 1938 in Kittanning, a son of the late George and Mildred (Bable) Shernock.

He is survived by his loving wife, Myrna S. (Williamson) Shernock, of Rochester Mills. They were married July 8, 1977.

He was a maintenance supervisor for Oneida Mines and a bus driver for the Marion Center School District before retirement.

He was also a member of the Moose No. 954 in Punxsutawney. He loved to garden and wash his cars.

Alma Bush, 68

March 2, 2014

Alma Bush, 68, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Bush was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Timblin, a daughter of the late Austin and Della (Mogle) McDonald.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Bush Sr.

Alma was a member of the Church of the Nazerene in Punxsutawney.

She was an avid quilter and an excellent cook and baker. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

UPDATE — Breaking News: Dayton teen, 15, missing — UPDATE

March 2, 2014

UPDATE: Jablonski was discovered alive and well Saturday at a residence in the Punxsutawney Borough, according to a release issued by state police.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating Jablonski.

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DAYTON — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a missing 15-year-old Dayton teen.

Daniel Frank Jablonski was last seen Tuesday in the Punxsutawney Borough.

Jablonski is described as a white male, 5-feet-9-inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

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