Preparing for the worst but praying for the best
The horrific scenes of what took place on Dec. 14 at Sandy Creek Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were broadcast worldwide within minutes.
These were unimaginable events that have left everyone wondering how something like this could happen.
In situations such as this, I believe we never truly understand the circumstances that lead someone to resort to such heinous and destructive behavior.
Infant Ruthann Lynn Kerr, of Smicksburg, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 14, 2012, the daughter of Cheryl Lynn Shank and Thomas George Kerr.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Lacy Marie Kerr; her maternal grandfather, Merle Shank, Jr.; her godmother, Chelsea Eileen Hartzfeld; several aunts and uncles; and friend Cheryl Bottenhorn, who was at her motherâ€™s bedside.
Ruthann was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ruth Shank and paternal grandparents, Betty Lou and George Thomas Kerr.
Anna Marie Gould, 86, of Mahaffey, returned to her savior Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Gould was born March 8, 1926, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Cecil C. Wolfe and Lillian (McClinsey) Wolfe.
On Oct. 21, 1950, she married Harry B. Gould, who precedes her in death.
Anna was an active member of the Mt. Carmel Church and the Ladies Aid of Clover Run, holding numerous offices over the years.
Harry "Ed" Dunkle, 82, of Brookville, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
The son of Edwin McCullough Dunkle and Priscilla Dorothy Boyd Dunkle, Ed was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Sligo, Pa.
On July 23, 1954, in Brookville, he married Mabel D. "Sis" Carrier, who survives.
Ed served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.
Ed served three terms as the Jefferson County Sheriff and was also a past warden of the Jefferson County Jail in Brookville.
BROOKVILLE â€” After holding a lead the entire game, the ninth-grade Chucks recorded their third-straight win of the week to defeat the Raiders, 43-36, in Brookville on Friday afternoon.
"It was a nice win and great effort," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said.
Dylan Huey finished with top honors for the visitors with 15 points and seven rebounds. Braxton Giavedoni also posted double digits in points with 11 to go with seven steals.
A fire destroyed a trailer located at 4015 Millstone Rd. in Banks Township that was used for storage at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday.
Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Company Chief Dave Lucas said the trailer, owned by Deb and Gregory Patterson, was on the ground when firefighters arrived on scene.
Lucas said it took about an hour to put out the hotspots. Glen Campbell was assisted at the scene by Rossiter, Big Run, Commodore and Burnside Volunteer Fire Departments.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The first Ag Night held last week at the Punxsutawney Area High School cafeteria was quite a â€śmoo-vingâ€ť experience for elementary students.
"This was the first Ag Night that was put on by the members of the
Punxsutawney Area High School Ag Club," said Chad Stiteler, PAHS technology education and woodworking teacher and Ag Club advisor.
Stiteler said the primary focus was on the dairy industry, which is the closest agriculture in the local area.
"It's the agriculture the kids see the most of," he said.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center received a donation of $2,500 from the Pennsylvania American Water Company (PAWC) last week.
Josephine Posti, of PAWC, said this was one of 20 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grants the water company was handing out to qualifying businesses and organizations, allowing them to offset some of their tax obligations to benefit educational organizations in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Sam Smith (far right), speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the Weather Center qualifies as an educational improvement organization.
(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.)
November 18, 1896
Fatal Nitro-Glycerine Explosion
A magazine contained nitro-glycerine, dynamite and other hight explosives, situated about two miles northwest of Johnsonburg, was blown up last Saturday afternoon.
The explosion was something terrible, over 200 quarts of nitro-glycerine being in the magazine.
BROOKVILLE â€” For the second night in a row, the Route 36 Rivalry took to the hardwood. The location moved to the north location, but the result remained the same.
After netting the nightâ€™s first 12 points, Punxsy kept the advantage wire-to-wire to prevail, 53-42, over Brookville in boysâ€™ basketball Friday in Brookville.
The Chucks (3-1) would be challenged for only a two-minute brief burst by the Raiders midway through the fourth frame before the visitors regained control the final three minutes.