February 13th, 2014
If you are looking for a brief encounter with something that will remind you of spring, try attending a barbecue on Saturday.
The Punxsutawney Central Fire Department is holding a chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the fire hall, located on Front Street in Punxsutawney, adjacent to the Punxsutawney Borough Police Station.
Pictured are (from left) Chris Smith, Jagger Smith, Wanda Thomas and Larry McGuire-Rembowski of the Punxsutawney Central Fire Department.
Joy Aileen Marley, 60, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
She passed peacefully in her own home, surrounded by family.
She was born Nov. 8, 1953, in Weirton, W.V., the daughter of Ernest and Joyce (Cribbs) Edelman, and is survived by her husband of 40 years, Fred Marley; her two daughters, Rachel Himes and Amanda Marley; and three granddaughters, Jasmine, Ariel and Bella Himes.
Tonight is a big night for the Lady Chucks. Not only will they battle the Lady Owls of Bradford for a tie for the regular season D-IX title, but they'll honor three players for Senior Night â€”Â Emily Horner, Taylor Newcome and Ashley Reitz â€” as well. The boys' basketball team will also be in action, as it'll travel to Bradford to conclude its regular season.
Howard Paul Kennedy, 62, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Stuart, Fla., following a brief illness.
He was born May 30, 1951, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Elsie (Bullers) and J. Paul Kennedy.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lee, and their family; his sister, Judith (Kennedy) McKee and husband Tom and family. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be missed.
Mary Ann â€śBabaâ€ť Pallone, 73, of Emeigh, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 28, 1940, in Spangler, the daughter of Stephen and Helen (Kutney) Bublinec.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph, Stephen, Bernard and Michael Bublinec; sister Helen Salyan; and son-in-law Dr. John J. Santarelli.
Anthony J. â€śTonyâ€ť Villella, 90, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Frank and Raphael (Serian) Villella.
On April 19, 1948, he married Loretta Ann (Taczak) Villella, who preceded him in death on May 5, 2001.
He was a member of SS.C.D. Church and a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1942.
He was an avid bowler and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.
Representatives of the Willow Run Sanctuary for Animals, Inc., recently accepted a donation from CNB Bank to assist with veterinary care provided through the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney. Willow Run is dedicated to the well-being of all animals and has a focus on preventing the continuance of overpopulation regarding animals. Pictured above at the presentation are (from left) Kim Kopas, CNB Bank; Margo Stefanic and Tommie Shaffer (with Mike), Willow Run Sanctuary; and Lauren Stefanic, holding Holly.
The Jefferson County Extension held its annual meeting on Tuesday at the Roseville Grange. (Top photo) Dr. Timothy G. Pierson, extension educator and forester with the McKean County Extension office, spoke to attendees on forest health issues in Pennsylvania.
For a full re-cap from the meeting, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It wasn't unanimous, but Punxsutawney Borough Council hired three new part-time police officers at Monday's meeting.
Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander said for the new shift schedule to work, he needs to have three part-time police officers.
"We have three right now, but one is going back to his permanent job next month, one only works once a year to keep his MOPEC number current, and the other only works on weekends," Alexander said, adding that, currently, there's one full-time police officer who is off for medical reasons.
Sam Smith announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2014. For more details see Wednesday's edition of The Punxsutawney Spirit.