August 28th, 2014
Recently, the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 elected its officers for the year. Pictured are the Legion members (front, from left): George Senott, John Shaffer, Earl Clontz, Chris Kough, Gordon Shaffer, Bob Conlow, Art Woods; (middle row) John Mack, Duane Miller, Don Senott, Bob Grove, Shawn Guidish, Bill Ferko; (back row) Dick Magolis, Carl Vendetta, Frank Johns, Mike Berringer, John Woods and Dick Bubb. Missing from the photo are Robert Deahl, John Urchuck, Kerrick McMillan, Chris Johns, Joe Fleming, Frank Pierce, Ben Gibson, Frank Guidish and Jim Dunlap.
Dennis Andrew Smith, 49, of Hamilton, died on Aug. 27, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1964, the son of Myrna Burkett Smith and Bruce Smith.
Dennisâ€™ family includes three brothers, Doug Smith of Hamilton, Brad (Amber) Smith of Punxsutawney, and Greg (Natalie) Smith of Brownstown; five nephews; three nieces; one great-niece; and three great-nephews.
He worked with gas wells and logging.
A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience.
Our small town is blessed with a number of charitable groups that raise funds for other local organizations that need them.
It was back to â€śteachersâ€™ dirty looksâ€ť â€” though the teachers in our district donâ€™t have any dirty looks! â€” on Tuesday, as most area students returned to class following summer vacation.
Students from West End Elementary School are pictured boarding the bus on their way home.
For more photos, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Jessica Lasher, the new Punxsutawney Memorial Library director, is pictured in the libraryâ€™s upper loft.
Read all about Lasher in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Doris L. "Dot" Young, 76, of West Decatur, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Clearfield Hospital.
Mrs. Young was born on Aug. 15, 1938, in Stockton, Georgia, a daughter of the late George W. and Verlie Mae (Stokes) Delk.
She is survived by John C. Young of Punxsutawney.
She was a member of the Mahaffey United Methodist Church. She loved God.
Doris was a corrections officer for the Clearfield County Jail, a Cub Scout Leader, Bell Township Civil Defense Director, an EMT for Mahaffey Area Ambulance and a member of the Grandmothers Club.
YOUNG TOWNSHIP â€” A two-vehicle coal truck accident on Route 119, Young Township, sent one of the drivers to the hospital and closed the road for more than three hours on Monday afternoon, leading to a major traffic tie-up.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit, and see more photos in our Photo Gallery http://www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/gallery
The students of SS.C.D. officially bid farewell to summer, as they went back to school on Monday.
Pictured are some of the students heading home after a long but eventful first day.
Tuesday, students in the Punxsutawney Area School District will begin classes.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area High School has announced the following homeroom assignments for the 2014-15 school year:
â€˘ 111, Mrs. Green, A-Cam;
â€˘ 114, Mr. Young, Car-Fen;
â€˘ 115, Mrs. Pack, Fer-Hi;
â€˘ 120, Mrs. Williams, Ho-Ma;
â€˘ 122, Mrs. Cesario, Mc-P;
â€˘ 124, Mr. Hockenberry, R-Sta;
â€˘ 126, Mrs. Weaver, Ste-Z.
â€˘ 130, Mr. Long, A-Coo;
â€˘ 131, Mrs. Lainey, Cou-G;
â€˘ 132, Mrs. Burkett, H-Li;
â€˘ 133, Mr. Eddy, Lo-Pa;
â€˘ 134, Mrs. Smith, Pe-Ste;
â€˘ 241, Mrs. Young, Sti-Z.
â€˘ 224, Mr. Ambler, A-Ce;
â€˘ 225, Ms. Miller, Co-F;
PennDOT announced at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Monday that Route 119 is closed in both directions in Young Township, Jefferson County, between Yates Road and Cunningham Road due to a crash involving two coal trucks. It has been reported that diesel fuel and coal debris are on the road.
The road is expected to reopen later today.