November 18th, 2011
Elsie Baker, 64, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.
She was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John Boyd Geer and Elsie (Bradshaw) Baker.
Ms. Baker was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Clyde Edward Baker of Punxsutawney; three brothers, Athur Evans and John Geer, both of Punxsutawney, and James Evans of Pittsburgh; a sister, Rachel Heckman of Punxsutawney; and a grandchild, Joshua Snaiir.
George Samuel Sawyer, 73, Hilton Head, S.C., passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, with his wife of 50 years by his side.
Born and raised in Punxsutawney, he graduated from Grove City University in 1959.
He then married the former Carol McCullough, and they began their teaching in the Pittsburgh area, where they resided until retiring and moving to Sun City, S.C.
Sam (as he was known to family and friends) enjoyed living in S.C., the weekly breakfast club with the guys, his cats â Tico and Fiona and collecting books.
Both the Punxsutawney Chucks and the Brookville Raiders alumni teams honored their most valuable players Nov. 5 after the Route 36 Rivalry alumni game. Eric Painter (left) was given the award for the Raiders as he led the defensive core and served as a captain for Brookville. Bret Rankin (right) was named the MVP for the Chucks; Rankin was called an "animal" on defense by Chucks head coach Tim Zimmerman.
Elizabeth M. Daughenbaugh, 91, Frostburg, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Mulberry Square & Elder Care Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.
She was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Frostburg, a daughter of the late Clyde and Minnie (Newbold) Means.
Feb. 12, 1944, she married Walter G. Daughenbaugh. who preceded herÂ in death Dec. 20, 2007.
Mrs. Daughenbaugh spentÂ the early marriedÂ years of her life in Monument, before moving to Punxsutawney in 1944.
BROOKVILLE â Itâs a rarity for hunters.
But 19-year-old Brookville native Wyatt Long saw an unusual sight on one of his most recent hunting trips.
âI couldnât believe what I was seeing whenever it showed up,â Long said.
âItâ being an albino buck, with stark-white fur and bright pink eyes.
âI was all right until after I made the shot, and then I started shaking and breathing heavy, and I got real nervous afterwards,â he said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ Parents and guardians who wish to continue to receive information about school delays and cancelations must register for the program again, even if they did so last year.
Monday, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe told the school board while the district will again use the SchoolReach telephone notification system, even those who registered last year must register again.
When board member Bob Pascuzzo asked why, Wolfe said all registrations from the 2010-11 school year will be purged from the system.
Harold Leroy Blystone, 77, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born March 15, 1934, in Center Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Blaine and Lilly Catherine (Butler) Blystone.
He was Methodist by faith.
Mr. Blystone worked as a farm hand on various farms in Pennsylvania and New York.
He enjoyed collecting cassette tapes and videos. He also liked to cook, especially fried green tomatos.
The Punxsy girls' soccer team held its banquet Wednesday night at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. At the banquet, Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes thanked his senior players for their time on the team, wished them well and encouraged the players who weren't graduating to start thinking about what they could do to improve next year. Letter pins were presented to all players who earned them, and seniors were presented with warm-up jackets with their names on them as mementos. Pictured (from left) are seniors Alissa Vite, Sierra Milton, Kelsey Young, Cenneca Dilts and Tasha Story.
The past few days, I really haven't known what to do with myself.
With the boys' soccer team concluding their season with a trip to states and the volleyball team finishing second in a heated District IX championship game against Bradford â and congratulations to both teams â the PAHS fall sports season came to a screeching halt.
The girls' elementary basketball tournament tided me over last week, but with its conclusion last Thursday night, I found myself in a situation unfamiliar to me since I started working at The Spirit â a completely blank calendar for an entire week.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney Philâs home-away-from-the-burrow is about to receive some cosmetic work.
This week, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that it has received a landscape design matching grant from the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Assistance Program, with a grant from National Parks Serves Preserve America Fund and DCED Municipal Services Fund.