BROOKVILLE â€” Ivy Kiesling has always dreamed of living under the sea, just like Nickelodeon cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, and a few months ago, her dream came true, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It took quite a lot of time and concern, however, before her wish could come true, but today, she welcomes guests, such as younger sister Haley, to her Pineapple Clubhouse in her back yard.
Wish Kid Garrett Gardner (left) declares Thursdayâ€™s Make-A-Wish pledge total to be $23,000.57. If thatâ€™s impressive, just wait until today, WPXZ-FM 104.1 News Director Josh Widdowson (right) said. With extended coverage until 7 p.m. tonight, and the auction wrapping up, the final day of the Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia chapterâ€™s â€śLight Up a Childâ€™s Lifeâ€ť campaign will commence with great expectations, setting out just shy of seven wishes. Gardner also shared his swimming pool wish experience on the air. (Photo by Holly Shok/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
Sara L. Wells, 89, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at McKinley Heath Center, Brookville.
She was born April 21, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alberta (Cochran) Hawley.
Oct. 28, 1938, she married Ambrose C. Wells, who preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1989.
Mrs. Wells was a member of the First Church of God and the Women of the Church of God.
She was a librarian at the church for a number of years.
Eunice S. Miller, 97, Mahaffey, passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
She was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Westover, a daughter of the late William L. and Martha (Rainey) Smith.
Mrs. Miller was married to Dr. D. Edgar Miller, who preceded her in death Dec. 21, 1990.
She assisted her husband, who practiced dentistry in Mahaffey, by scheduling appointments and assisted him in dental exams of students in the various school districts.
Rusty Lee Hoffman, 48, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at his residence in North Carolina.
He was a native of Timblin, the son of the late Russell Wilson and Doris Mae (Orf) Hoffman Jr.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, RenĂ©e Lea Hoffman; a sister, Robin Vae Biggs; and a brother, Rodney Douglas Hoffman.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at St. Maryâ€™s Church in Eddyville. The family will also receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to his daughter to help with expenses.
Phyllis Jean Anderson, 79, Pembroke Pines, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010.
She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Clearfield, a daughter of the late Fred and Mildred (Miller) Lippart.
Mrs. Anderson was married to Donald E. Anderson, who preceded her in death July 1, 2005.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team evened its record two games into the season with a dominant 46-16 victory over Brockway Wednesday night at home.
The Chucks (1-1) didn't allow a point during the second quarter, and that allowed them to cruise to the victory.
Punxsy led 26-8 at halftime before outscoring the Rovers 20-10 during the second half.
"We did a better job tonight defensively. We still tend to lose our man a little too often," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "Offensively, we did score (more), but we still are not running our sets well enough."
MARION CENTER â€” What a difference a year makes.
One year after the Marion Center junior-high wrestling team earned a 54-42 victory in Punxsutawney, the Chucks routed the Stingers Tuesday night, 66-21.
The Chucks (1-1) earned five victories by forfeit over Marion Center, which had just 10 wrestlers. Registering forfeit victories were Kaleb Young (6-0), Stephanie Smith (3-2), Matt Burke (5-1), Troy Peace (5-2) and Andrew Bullers (3-3).
"We earned five forfeits, but for the most part, the kids wrestled well," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "Still lots of room for improvement."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council said PennDOTâ€™s new traffic signal project should commence in late spring or early summer.
Borough Manager Ben White said in an earlier interview that each of the intersections along Mahoning Street â€” including Hampton Avenue, Jefferson, Findley and Gilpin streets â€” will receive new signals, signal posts and mast arms. The Hampton intersection is the only one that currently has mast arms to support its traffic signals.
The SS.C.D. Childrenâ€™s Choir, under the direction of Arlene Stewart with accompaniment by Toie Neal, shared a number of Christmas carols for residents and guests at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, where the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought its â€śLight Up a Childâ€™s Lifeâ€ť campaign Wednesday. Also, the students presented a $1,584.95 donation â€” realized from its fund-raising â€” to Make-A-Wish. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)