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January 17th, 2011

After nearly four decades of service, Ralph ‘Tucker’ August calls it a day

January 18, 2011

REYNOLDSVILLE — After Feb. 4, Ralph August will no longer be a member of the Reynoldsville police department.

It will be the first time in 39 years that he will not be on the force.

August, known as “Tucker” to most people, is set to retire. He has been the police chief since 1987, and an officer in the borough since 1972. During the past four decades, August has, in most respects, been living out his dream.

His parents owned a restaurant in town. They retired to Florida, anticipating young Tucker to take over the family business.

Gordon E. Rosian, 54

January 17, 2011

Gordon E. Rosian, 54, of Willoughby, Ohio, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Lake West Hospital, Willoughby.

He was born March 6, 1956, in Cleveland.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Willoughby.

Mr. Rosian was a salesman and warehouse manager at Forest City Lumber Co., and in the most recent years had devoted many volunteer hours at the Lake West Hospital.

He was a lifelong sports fan, participating and watching most sports. He was also an avid bicyclist.

Walter Krawzyk, 80

January 17, 2011

Walter Krawzyk, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his home.

He was born May 21, 1930, in Delancey, a son of the late Peter Krawczyk and Angela (Wozny) Krawczyk.

June 10, 1956, he married Norma M. (Swanson) Krawzyk, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

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

He was a member of the Punxsutawney VFW and Silver Sneakers.

Mr. Krawzyk loved gardening, camping and fishing.

James C. Harmon, 77

January 17, 2011

James C. Harmon, 77, Kittanning, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born July 11, 1933, in Kittanning, a son of Lula (Rickel) Harmon of Adrian, who survives, and the late Patrick Harmon.

He was married to his wife of 56 years, Delphine (Cousins) Harmon, who survives.

Mr. Harmon was a retired welder from Tesone Corp. and a member of the Montgomeryville Baptist Church.

He enjoyed hunting and gardening, and he loved horses.

January 16th

Fire chief: Department responded to nearly 200 calls in 2010

January 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Fire Department had a very busy 2010 as firefighters responded to 183 calls. Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense reported to Punxsutawney Borough Council at a recent meeting that firefighters responded to 20 structure fires in 2010.

“The two biggest fires in 2010 were the house fire Nov. 2 on Graffius Avenue, and the New Anchor Inn fire Nov. 8 on Route 310,” Hense said, adding that weather was not very good while firefighters battled the blaze at the historic restaurant.

Way Back When

January 16, 2011

(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
(January 29, 1896)
No Joke After All

Mesoraco's late basket lifts Chucks past KC

January 16, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy boys' basketball team played as a team and won as a team Saturday afternoon against Karns City, as every player contributed to the 63-61 victory that snapped the Chucks' four-game losing streak.

Punxsy trailed 47-41 entering the fourth quarter and was down 57-52 with 3:15 left before scoring 11 of the game's final 15 points to eek out a win over the Gremlins.

After a loose ball foul on the Chucks (4-6) put Karns City's Jake Henry on the free-throw line with 20.4 seconds left, the senior nailed both foul shots to tie the game at 61.

Dorothy R. Wingard, 58

January 16, 2011

Dorothy R. Wingard, 58, a resident at Highlandview Health Care Center in Brockway, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Highlandview Health Care Center, Brockway.

She was born Jan. 11, 1953, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Vern Bloom and Amaryllis (Seyler) Bloom, who survives.

She was married to Richard Wingard, who preceded her in death Nov. 1, 1990.

Mrs. Wingard was a member of the Bible Fellowship Church at Chestnut Grove.

She enjoyed crocheting and animals.

Mrs. Wingard was a homemaker.

Olive V. Koppenhaver, 91

January 16, 2011

Olive V. Koppenhaver, 91, DuBois, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.

She was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Brady Township, a daughter of the late Ernest and Anne Marshall Lee.

July 4, 1941, she married William J. Koppenhaver, who preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1987.

Mrs. Koppenhaver was a 1936 graduate of Brady Township High School and she was a homemaker.

She was also a member of the United Church of Christ in Troutville, and the Brady Grange.

John M. Hollenbaugh, 89

January 16, 2011

John M. Hollenbaugh, 89, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Creedmoor, Texas.

He was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Panic, a son of the late Eli and Mabel (Hayes) Hollenbaugh.

Mr. Hollenbaugh was married to Grace E. Dinger, who preceded him in death June 18, 2008.

He was a member of the United States Army, having served in World War II.

Mr. Hollenbaugh was a member of the Dora Evangelical Church.

He enjoyed woodworking and was a general contractor.

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