Archive - 2014
The Punxsutawney Appreciation Day Committee is pictured here taking a short break from planning for its 2014 Appreciation Day festivities. Pictured (from left) are Denny Fetterman, Michele Neal, Tina Szakelyhidi and Connie Shick. Committee members not pictured are Katie Laska, Aggie Ott, and Shirley Sharp.
For more information on Appreciation Day, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
The Chucks golf team was the only Punxsy squad that played host on Monday, and the Chucks weren't the kindest hosts â€” defeating DuBois 180-186. The girls' golf team and volleyball team also picked up victories Monday.
Today's sports schedule includes another busy slate:
â€˘ JH Soccer vs. Philipsburg, 4 p.m.
â€˘ 7/8 GBB vs. DuBois, 4 p.m.
â€˘ Cross Country vs. Kane/DuBois, 4:15
â€˘ Boys' Soccer vs. St. Marys, 7 p.m.
â€˘ Girls' Golf at Ridgway, 3 p.m.
â€˘ Girls' Tennis at ECC, 3:30 p.m.
â€˘ Volleyball at DCC, 6/7 p.m.
Benjamin Zane "BZ" Means, 90, of Valier, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Valier, a son of the late Lynn Luther and Mona Marie (Gabrielson) Means.
Mary Lou Griffith, 86, of Plumville, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Beacon Ridge Nursing Home.
She was born in 1928 in Banks Twp., to Earl and Sarah Tyger Lewis.
Mrs. Griffith had attended the Old Mahoning Baptist Church for many years.
She was employed by the Marion Center schools as a cook/cafeteria manager for 24 years and had been working at the Rayne Elementary School, where she was known as the â€śTooth Fairy Pillow Lady.â€ť
Truman F. Fry, Jr., 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Mountain View Nursing Home, Hillsdale.
Mr. Fry was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Dallas Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Janet L. (Wolfgang) Fry, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Fry was employed by Texas Instruments and Zerox before retiring. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was also a member of the American Legion, and was a WWII veteran of the US Navy.
A special Legislature Farewell Breakfast was held in honor of PA State Representative Sam Smith early Friday morning. Smith will not be running for re-election and will be stepping down and taking a much-deserved rest. At the breakfast, which was hosted by the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, Smith was presented with a special clock, a gift from
those at the Chamber. Pictured (top photo) is Michele Neal, Executive Director of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce, presenting Smith with the clock. Also pictured (middle) is Jeff Curtis, Chamber President.
On Friday night, the Chucks football team defeated the Union Knights in a shootout, 54-36, after the teams were tied 22-22 at halftime.
Pictured here is Braxton Giavedoni (11) making a catch behind Union's Drew Marsh for a 47-yard TD reception to ice the game.
For the full recap, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Cody T. Haag, 27, of Rossiter, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at UPMC - Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
He was born July 9, 1987, in DuBois, the beloved son of Terry and Jeanne (Lunger) Haag.
He was a member of the Wheels of Yesteryear Car Club, and was a racing enthusiast and an avid sports fan.
He regularly attended the Steffy United Methodist Church.
He had a quick wit, a wonderful sense of humor and a caring heart. He touched the hearts of all who knew him. He was Godâ€™s angel, and now he walks with the Lord. He was not only his Dadâ€™s son, but also his best buddy.
On Thursday, the girls' volleyball team at PAHS earned its first win over Altoona since starting the season series in 2007.