August 18th, 2014
Highlights of this day in history: Mongol ruler Genghis Khan dies; Women in U.S. clinch right to vote; James Meredith graduates from Univ. of Miss.; Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' published in U.S.; Actor-director Robert Redford born.
Shirley Willette (Hartzfeld) Kellar passed away quietly after an extended illness on Aug. 17, 2014.
She was 90 years old.
She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Bell Township in the old Bell Homestead that used to be on the corner of Route 119 and Airport Road near Punxsutawney.
She was the daughter of the late William Godfrey and Gertrude (McKay) Hartzfeld.
Marjorie â€śMargeâ€ť Gresock, 85, Grove City, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Grove City Medical Center, Grove City.
She was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William W. and Virginia (Shomo) Blair.
On July 18, 1948, she married John A. Gresock Sr., who survives.
She was Presbyterian by faith.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed bowling, golfing, the Steelers and the Pirates, and she also helped mentor the bantam youth bowling league.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center has a new, colorful exhibit that is sure to catch the eye of the youngsters who visit. The Hands On Weather (HOW) backpacks exhibit was put up on Aug. 7 and is already proving to be quite popular with visitors. Pictured here, (from left) Amanda Hornack, director of education and programming, works on weather-related activities that can be found in the backpack with Emma Young, Madison Young and Gage Young.
For more info on the HOW packets, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported that they are investigating an attempted suicide that took place at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Friday at a residence on Kramer Road in Henderson Township.
Police said the victim â€” a 60-year-old Reynoldsville man â€” was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Altoona Hospital for the treatment of his injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
It was a long-awaited ribbon cutting, but as of Friday, it's officially in the books.
A group of Punxsutawney citizens, borough officials and legislators helped with the cutting of the ribbon at the Primary Health Networkâ€™s new facility, located on Prushnok Drive in Punxsutawney. Pictured is Don Perry, president of the board of directors of Primary Health Network, cutting the ribbon with help from the group members.
For more from the ribbon cutting, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Girvin A. Wainwright, 94, went to be with the Lord, Aug. 15, 2014, at Penn Highlands Health System.
Mrs. Wainwright was born Feb. 21, 1920, in Gaskill Twp., Big Run, the daughter of the late Floyd and Elva J.C. (Smith) Reed.
On Dec. 11, 1937, she married Frank A. Wainwright Sr. who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2003. They were married 66 years and lived most of their lives on their farm near Trade City.
She was a graduate of Big Run High School.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples and Brian Hamilton analyze the Big Ten entering the 2014 season.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, the Route 3007 Summerville Bridge will close to traffic between Route 28 and Broad Street to facilitate the bridge replacement project, but will remain open to local traffic. The bridge is expected to reopen Saturday, Aug. 23. All work is weather dependent.
A posted detour will be in place using Route 3022 (Roller Coaster Road) to Route 3003 (Mount Pleasant Road) to Route 28. Work will be done on a 24-hour schedule during the detour.
HORTON TWP. â€” A 31-year-old Brockway man opened fire around midnight Thursday outside a Brockport bar before turning the gun on himself.
According to the police report, Eric Carlson, 31, of Brockway became upset with a 20-year-old female bartender at the Brockport Army & Navy Club when she attempted to close the bar. An argument reportedly started between the bartender and Carlson.