Rick (Decent) Havrilla, 58, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at DuBois Nursing Home.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Fuenral Home.
Seiler L. Reitz, 85, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Carlton Reitz and Sarah Jane (Lewis) Reitz.
He was married to Marion V. (Spencer) Reitz, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
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.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Beautiful weather Monday contributed to a large turnout of buck hunters in southern Jefferson County for opening day.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Mike Girosky reported that the opening week of the popular rifle season had its ups and downs in regards to the weather.
(Front, from left) Cloey Robinson, Karen Wolfe; (back) Meghan Wolfe and Terry Wolfe, all from Brookville, were in the Victorian Christmas spirit in the parlor room at the Jefferson County History Center Friday. Caroling, a live nativity and horse-drawn carriage rides will continue today in Brookville. (Photo by Matthew Steffy/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A Glen Campbell woman had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters following a crash that occurred at 5:15 p.m. Friday on Church Road, Canoe Township.
According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Raye A. Fry, 41, Glen Campbell, was traveling south on Church Road when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road, which caused the vehicle to turn counter- clockwise.
CINCINNATI â€” The 2010 success of Punxsy native Devin Mesoraco has earned the baseball player some Cincinnati Reds hardware.
Mesoraco, who swiftly advanced from Class A to Class AAA this past summer, won the Chief Bender Award as the franchise's Minor League Player of the Year for 2010 at Redsfest Friday night in Cincinnati.
Mesoraco, a 2007 first-round draft pick of the Reds, started the year at the Class A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats. After hitting .335 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs through 43 games, he was promoted to the Class AA Carolina Mudcats.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. â€” A trio of Punxsutawney Area High School cross country runners traveled to Wappingers Falls, N.Y., to compete in the Nike Cross Country Regional meet Nov. 27.
This was the fourth year for the event, which serves as a qualifying race for the Nike Cross Nationals, which take place today in Portland, Ore.
Competing in the open race were Punxsy seniors A.J. Meterko and Milea Schall, along with sophomore Alexis Young.
Members of the 2010 Punxsy girls' cross country team were recognized for their contributions at the annual banquet Nov. 22. Pictured are (front, from left) Kayla Carpenter; Heidi Rodgers, most improved; Juliann Boddorf, most seasonal bests and second team all-district; Tamera Anthony; Alexis Young, most improved and first team all-district; (back) Kirsten Dean; Hannah Rummel; Bethany Beatty; Heather Heitzenrater; and Milea Schall, most outstanding runner and first team all-district. Missing from the photo is Shannon Byerly, first team all-district. (Photo submitted)
David G. Van Horn, 50, Templeton, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his home.
He was born Dec. 12, 1959, in Natrona Heights, a son of Blaine and Ruth (Waltz) Van Horn, who survive.
Mr. Van Horn was married to Denise Ross, who survives.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Mr. Van Horn belonged to the Local 66 Operating Engineers Union, where he was a certified crane operator.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” With three starters gone from a team that played just five or six players nearly every game last year, the Punxsy girls' basketball team is concentrating on working hard to improve with new faces expected to play vital roles this season.
Gone are Amber Fye and Megan McCully, who each graduated this past June. Also, senior Hannah Neal â€” last year's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game â€” isn't playing this season, meaning seniors Shawnna Crago and Jenna Reitz are this year's only returning starters.