May 23rd, 2013
As the school year winds down, Thursday was a very special day for the Class of 2013 at PAHS â€” Class Night.
Scholarships and awards were announced, and among those receiving recognition were (top photo) top honors students (front, from left) Alannah Malia, salutatorian; Jerod White, third honor student; and Alexa Shaffer, valedictorian; along with (back) Emily Cassidy, PAHS
guidance counselor; William and Sheila Malia; Butch White; Douglas Shaffer; Dr. Keith Wolfe, PASD superintendent; and David London, PAHS principal.
By Larry McGuire
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Following Wednesday's committee meeting, Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Con-rad said that the board needs to "get serious" about budget cuts.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit
Dr. Keith Wolfe (right), Punxsutawney Area School District superintendent, presented Renee Belisky, student board member, with a certificate for her
service on the board over the last two years at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting of the Punxsutawney Area School Board.
Marilyn Louise (Yeaney) Himes, 72, Huntingdon, Oneida Township, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Mrs. Himes was born in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Howard W. and Helen M. (Kromer) Yeaney.
She was united in marriage to Peter G. Himes on April 19, 1957, at the Ringgold United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gorman officiating.
Her husband preceded her in death on April 5, 2012, after 55 years of marriage.
She attended Punxsutawney Area High School.
Trevor Lee Stiner, 36, of Dormont, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at home.
He was born Aug. 9, 1976, in York, Pa., the son of Charlotte Ann (Harrison) Hollopeter and husband Keith of Big Run, and Dennis Lee Stiner.
He was a 1994 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. He earned an associateâ€™s degree in CAD from Triangle Tech.
Trevor liked to help his mother and Keith with landscaping and yard work. He built a beautiful patio area for their enjoyment.
He loved his family and children.
His hobbies included golf and playing a good game of poker.
John V. Harriger, 85, of Mayport, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday evening, May 21, 2013. He was born on Nov. 3, 1927, in Alcola, the son of Ernest and Lula (Bish) Harriger.
He was first married to Mae (Himes), and she preceded him in death. He
then married Dorothy (Brocious), who survives.
John served his country during World War II with the United States Army. He was a member of the Langville Methodist Church until it closed, and he went to North Freedom United Methodist Church. He enjoyed going to church, music and doing wood crafts.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Over the past two days, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have charged three individuals, including two local men, with delivery of heroin after search warrant and arrest warrants were
served in two separate incidents â€” one at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday and another at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
The First Church of God on Route 36 in Punxsutawney will hold a blood drive on Friday in honor of Martha Hoover (pictured), who has been the coordinator of the drive since it began at the church.
After many years of volunteer work, Martha has decided to retire and spend time with her family and friends.
Area residents are invited to come to the church on Friday between noon and 6 p.m. to donate blood in Marthaâ€™s honor.
BROOKVILLE â€” With reports all day Tuesday saying that voters' numbers were low across the state for the primary election, 5,120 Jefferson County residents headed to the polls to vote, with 3,421 Repub-lican ballots being cast and 1,699 Democratic ballots being submitted, according to the unofficial results released by the county Tuesday evening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Monday morning, The Spirit named Nancy Lazorchak the Punxsutawney Area Middle School Teacher of the Year, while Ryan Hayden was honored at the high school.
The awards are based on ballots cast by Spirit readers.
Pick up Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit to find out the Elementary Teacher of the Year.