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June 14th, 2011

Ruth Ann (Amos) Holben, 72

June 14, 2011

Ruth Ann (Amos) Holben, 72, Indiana, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at her home.

She was born July 3, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edwin C. and Elizabeth Amos.

She was married to Edward H. Holben, who survives.

Mrs. Holben was a graduate of the Indiana State Teachers College, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She then taught business education for 25 years.

She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Indiana.

June 13th

Movement on ATA site?

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough Council announced news that everyone has been waiting to hear for the last six years: That the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) terminal in Punxsutawney is ready to move ahead with construction within the next few weeks.

Monday, council President Susan Glessner said it has been six years since the project first began, which involved the demolition of a group of buildings along North Findley Street.

Military group salutes district for service to Guard, Reserve members

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsutawney school board member and administrator recently learned that while public education business and issues may be challenges, that’s also the case for those who work, raise families and serve their countries in the National Guard or Reserve.

Canopy’s up; summer must be on its way to Punxsy

June 14, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Every year prior to the start of summer, a huge amphitheater canopy is set up by members of the Lions Club, the Groundhog Festival Committee, REACT and the community in preparation for the summer’s festivities.

“We all owe a huge part of the help to the Lions Club,” Groundhog Festival Committee Chairman Roger Steele said. “They provide us the manpower to get this thing up. We also consult Punxsy Phil for the best day for weather.”

Spirit readers get to pick Spring Sports MVPs

June 13, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With more than 3,500 votes counted for The Punxsutawney Spirit's first-ever 2010-2011 Fall and Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players, the public will now have an opportunity to choose the initial 2011 Spring Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Players.

Two athletes have been chosen from each of Punxsy's five spring sports: Baseball, boys' tennis, boys' track and field, girls' track and field and softball.

Readers will have a chance to decide one boy among six and one girl among four to create one winner for each gender.

The Walk Talk Ten

June 13, 2011

1. Although both the Punxsy baseball and softball teams fell a few wins short of a state title, the success of the teams they lost to year after year is astounding. The Lady Chucks lost to Valley, which just reached the state final Monday after Caitlyn Neeler threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory over Bellefonte in the semifinals. Neeler held Punxsy to just two hits — both by senior Kristen Fedder — during a 1-0 win. The Chucks lost 6-1 to Northern York last week, and the Polar Bears are in the final, too, after they upset undefeated WPIAL Champion Elizabeth Forward, 6-4.

Charles E. Knopick, 74

June 13, 2011

Charles E. Knopick, 74, Bridgeport, Conn., died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Presbyterian Columbian Hospital, New York, N.Y.

He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Iselin, to Michael and Mary (Poycock) Knopick.

Mr. Knopick was a veteran of the U.S. Army, an avid golfer and a gourmet cook. He also volunteered at the Thomas Merton Center for Homeless Men.
Mr. Knopick was a claims adjuster with Allstate insurance.

Surviving relatives include two sisters, Frances Albecht and husband Paul and Geraldine Poydence; a brother, Robert Knopick and wife Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

B. Joyce Dunmire, 81

June 13, 2011

B. Joyce Dunmire, 81, Punxsutawney, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at her home in Juneau.

She was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Eli Blackman and Mary Elizabeth (Tyler) English.

April 10, 1948, she married William Dunmire, who survives.

Mrs. Dunmire was a member of the Chestnut Grove Independent Church and was a member of various vocal groups, including Harmony Four, Joy Bells, the Harmony Trio and Ladies' Ensembles. She sang in choirs and performed countless solo work at weddings, funerals and churches.

Robert Murray, 89

June 13, 2011

Robert Murray, 89, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late George W. and Edith (Coy) Murray.

He was married to Mabel (Young) Murray, who preceded him in death in 1998.

Mr. Murray loved working in his garage and doing mechanic work. He was employed at Jefferson Grocery for many years and also the B&O Railroad. He enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to their visits.

Theresa "Tootsie" A. (Gagliardi) Astorino, 83

June 13, 2011

Theresa "Tootsie" A. (Gagliardi) Astorino, 83, Walston, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Jefferson Manor following a short illness.

She was born July 1, 1927, in Walston, the youngest child of the late John and Mary (Demyan) Gagliardi.

April 29, 1950, she married Guy M. Astorino, who passed away July 11, 2007. They were married for 57 years and lived in Walston and bestowed their traditional values while raising their four sons.

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