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January 3rd, 2011

National Guard offering free programs for schools

January 3, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are looking to climb higher, you might want to talk with the Army National Guard, which offers a free outreach program in area schools.

SSG Michael Barnett, Army National Guard recruiter, said schools can take advantage of a variety of free activities and programs.

“We offer these at no charge,” he said, adding that recruiters offer free programs on drug prevention, Prom Promise, history of the National Guard, flag ceremonies and other informational classes.

“All of the recruiters are trained to speak on each of these classes and programs,” Barnett said.

William Walter “Bill” Steele, 81

January 3, 2011

William Walter “Bill” Steele, 81, Rochester Mills, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Feb. 14, 1929, in North Mahoning Township, a son of the late Walter H. and Twilia M. (Hoover) Steele. He was raised in Titusville and was a graduate of Colestock High School.

Sept. 12, 1948, he married Mary E. (Gaffney) Steele, who preceded him in death.

Twila I. Meneely, 86

January 3, 2011

Twila I. Meneely, 86, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Ms. Meneely was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Valier, a daughter of the late William E. Meneely and Alma (Leckburg) Meneely. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Ms. Meneely worked for Capital Finance for 20 years and later for Union National Bank for 13 years before retirement. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and working tirelessly on family genealogy.

Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Doris Meneely, and many nieces and nephews.

January 2nd

Donald E. Wilson, 80

January 2, 2011

Donald E. Wilson, 80, DuBois, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Big Run, a son of the late Cordray & Inez (Hottel) Wilson.

April 28, 1952, he married Evelyn (Hudak) Wilson, who survives.

He was a veteran of the Korean War having served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr. Wilson was the Quality Assurance Manager of Symco Inc. in Sykesville for 18 years, and then retired as the Plant Manager of Clearfield Powered Metals.

Ervin K. Schlabach, 40

January 2, 2011

Ervin K. Schlabach, 40, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at home.

He was born Feb. 22, 1970, in Kittanning, a son of Ervin J. and Katie W. (Byler) Schlabach, who both survive.

He was married to Laura M. (Miller) Schlabach, who survives.

Mr. Schlabach worked as a carpenter in the construction trade.

Twila I. Meneely, 86

January 2, 2011

Twila I. Meneely, 86, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Ms. Meneely was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Valier, a daughter of the late William E. Meneely and Alma (Leckburg) Meneely. 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Ms. Meneely worked for Capital Finance for 20 years and later for Union National Bank for 13 years before retirement. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and working tirelessly on family genealogy.

Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Doris Meneely and many nieces and nephews.

Cheryl D. Engle, 57

January 2, 2011

Cheryl D. Engle, 57, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at home.

She was born Aug. 3, 1953, in Princeton, W. Va., the daughter of the late Robert Davis and Janice McKenzie, and step-father Lake McKenzie.

Bosak retires from fire department as first woman life member

January 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Mary Ann Bosak was a woman firefighter when there was no such thing as a woman firefighter in the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Recently, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted to place Bosak on the life membership list with the Station 20/Central and Punxsutawney Fire Departments after 20 years of being an active member. After all, she grew up at the fire hall with a family of firefighters including her father, the late J. Don Bosak, former chief of Central.

Way Back When

January 2, 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)
Sued the Township for Damages

On Monday, January 13, P.S. Smith, of Canoe township, brought a suit in trespass for the sum of ten dollars against the Bell township school board for refusing to admit his children to the public schools.

Young returns, breaks all-time wins record

January 2, 2011

WHEELING, W.Va. — The Punxsutawney varsity wrestling team had a strong showing last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wheeling Park tournament as the Chucks took 10th place out of the 40-team field.

While the Chucks as a team looked strong up and down the board, the annual tournament was highlighted by the return of senior Kody Young, wrestling in his first action of the season.

Young, along with teammate Neko Cappella, finished the two-day tournament with a combined record of 8-0 to lead Punxsy, with Young's victories coming in record-breaking fashion.

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