August 21st, 2014
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer.
The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the
community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story.
Todayâ€™s familiar face is Kelly Porada.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Kelly Porada is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the artist of a few of the Phantastic Phil statues in town.
Or perhaps you have seen her displaying her creativity throughout the community.
Charles Dean Bell, 80, of New Bethlehem, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born on Nov. 12, 1933, to Clarence Monroe and Pearl Edna (Reed) Bell in Dora, Jefferson County.
Dean attended the Distant Baptist Church.
He graduated from Brookville High School in 1952.
Dean retired in 1985 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Armstrong County, as an engineer.
He was a former deputy game warden from 1960-1965 in Jefferson and Clarion counties.
William H. Powell, 56, of Knox Dale, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1957, in Punxsutawney, the son of Harold â€śHudâ€ť and Janet E. (Burford) Powell.
He married Paula L. (Hess) on Oct. 23, 1998.
Bill was a truck driver and served in the United States Army Reserve.
He loved his family and his dogs. He was an avid sports fan, especially fond of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also enjoyed riding his side-by-side and hunting.
Brookville Community Days kicked off Wednesday night at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds, and Garrett Ohler had the chance to tour a Brookville Borough Police car.
Community Days is presented by the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company and runs through Saturday.
Filled with tropical flowers, sunflowers, flower cabbage and dragon begonias, Scott Anthonyâ€™s garden is a little oasis in the backyard of his Cherry Street home.
It was chosen as the Punxsutawney Garden Clubâ€™s Garden of the Month for August.
Read all about Anthony's Garden in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
Clear the deck; there's a cannonball coming now that the cannons in Barclay Square have been restored, thanks to Eagle Scout Jim Carrier (second from left) at the suggestion of Punxsutawney Mayor Rich Alexander (far left).
Pictured (from left) are Alexander, Carrier, Nevada Shaffer, Jarod Depp and S. Thomas Curry, Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society member.
Read all about the restoration in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
The Punxsutawney Lions and VFW recently held their second annual flea market and craft show, with seven vendors in attendance.
This year, the flea market was held at the Punxsy VFW, across from Joe's Drive In in Punxsutawney.
The Punxsy Lions Club will hold two more flea markets this year, on Sept. 20 and Oct. 11.
Anyone interested in taking part can contact Joe Molitierno at 814-938-9089 or Jim Dunlap at 814-939-0878.
Charles Henry â€śChubâ€ť Irvin, 92, passed away on March 10, 2013, in Glendale, Arizona.
He was born on Nov. 15, 1920, in Big Run, the son of Benjamin W. Irvin and Mae Laura Bowers.
Chub attended Big Run High School and graduated from Mercersburg Academy.
He enjoyed playing tennis and baseball and swimming.
After serving in World War II in the Army Air Force (P-38 Squadron), he spent his working years at the Citizens National Bank of Big Run in every capacity, retiring as bank CEO in 1985.
Allen W. Fisher, 27, of Punxsutawney (Troutville area), died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at home with his family after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 27, 1986, a son of the late William E. Fisher and Amanda (Miller) Fisher. She survives.
Allen enjoyed the company of others and being around friends and family.
Marlene Raye Pringle, 70, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Snyder Memorial Health Care in Marienville.
Miss Pringle was born June 1, 1944, in Johnstown.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by one sister, Donna Pringle of Punxsutawney; one brother, Thomas Pringle and wife Jessie of Somerset; and a sister-in-law, Valerie.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William "Butch" Pringle and Joseph Pringle, and one sister, Shirley Yahner.