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Richard “Decent” Francis Havrilla, 58

December 8, 2010

Richard “Decent” Francis Havrilla, 58, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born May 30, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Eleanor “Ellie” Mary (Pawhutsky) Havrilla, who she survives, and the late Richard Carl Havrilla.

Mr. Havrilla had a passion for life and a love for music. He played bass guitar in various local bands such as The Reason Why, The Worthy Generation, Tyme, Kaos and most recently G3. He liked to help other people, and had played guitar in charity benefits. He was deeply touched when friends organized a benefit on his behalf. 

John Daniel Leinbach, 77

December 8, 2010

John Daniel Leinbach, 77, of Indiana, and formerly of Glen Campbell, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at his home.

He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Clearfield, a son of Daniel S. and Florence E. (Hall) Leinbach.

A 1951 Punxsutawney High School graduate, Mr. Leinbach served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1951 to August 1955 during the time of the Korean conflict.

Conrad, Molinaro to again lead PASD school board

December 8, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area School Board again returned Gary Conrad as president and Francis J. Molinaro as vice-president during its annual reorganization meeting.

Conducting the early part of the meeting, Solicitor David Young accepted Jeff Martz’s motion and Molinaro’s second to nominate Conrad as president. The motion passed 6-3, with Martz, Molinaro, Conrad and board members Penny Pifer, Roberta Dinsmore and Lesa Conner voting n support.

Board members Bob Pascuzzo, Penny Pearce and Jack White voted against the motion.

Who needs a catalog? District turns to tech ed students for elbow room

December 8, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — When in the need for more elbow room for meetings and conferences in the conference room at the Punxsutawney Area School District’s Central Office, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe didn’t look to a catalog or online: He looked to the Technology Education Department at PAHS.

Monday, the school board thanked and saluted 14 Tech Ed students for the speedy — yet quality — construction of two new tables for the conference room.

PRIDE: More snow piles this winter?

December 8, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Even though winter has barely begun, snow removal in the downtown business district was a major part of a discussion at Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting.

Shirley Sharp of PRIDE (Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing Enhancing) reminded the committee about the large piles of snow piled higher than the parking meters this past February, not only downtown, but throughout all other business districts.

December 6th

PLAYING SOME BASKETBALL FOR CHARITY

December 7, 2010

Punxsy seniors Jenna Reitz (center) and Jenna Miller (right) donated a check worth $4,279.92 to Karen Burkett (left) of the American Cancer Society after holding a four-on-four basketball tournament during November. The tournament included five different age groups: Grades four and five; six and seven; eight and nine; 10 through 12; and out-of-school. (Photo submitted)

A SPIRITED SHOT

December 7, 2010

Katie Neale, of Ringgold, bagged this 175-pound, 10-point buck at 7:10 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson County. (Photo submitted)

Teen diagnosed with cancer offered trip to Mayport farm through foundation

December 6, 2010

CLOE — Thanks to a group of caring people, a 14-year-old boy suffering from cancer was able to go on the hunt of a lifetime.

Mark Hildebrand, of the Tom Siple Foundation, said that D.J. Honneffer and his dad, Daniel, of Ellwood City, were treated to a deer hunt Nov. 20 at Byrd Yeany Farms in Mayport.

Byrd Yeany III suggested that his dad, Byrd Yeany Jr., offer a hunt to a deserving individual.

Seiler L. Reitz, 85

December 6, 2010

Seiler L. Reitz, 85, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Carlton and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Reitz.

He was married to Marion V. (Spencer) Reitz of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Mr. Reitz attended the Albion United Methodist Church.

He worked for T.W. Phillips Gas Company for many years before retiring in 1987.

An avid sports enthusiast, he loved football, baseball and wrestling. He also enjoyed camping. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Rebecca (Montgomery) Meckley, 60

December 6, 2010

Rebecca (Montgomery) Meckley, 60, Cabot, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in the company of her family.

She was born Nov. 6, 1950, a daughter of the late John Calvin and Norma Jean Montgomery.

She lived most of her life in Cabot.

Mrs. Meckley was employed by H.P. Stars in Mars, and worked many years at Du-Co Ceramics in Saxonburg.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and spending time at camp.

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