March 28th, 2014
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold weather and rain, Punxsy was forced to reschedule tennis, baseball and softball this week. The bright spot, however, was that the boys' tennis team was able to take to the courts on Thursday, which provides hope that warmer weather is right around the corner.
The Punxsutawney Fire Department and Punxsutawney Borough Police â€” two teams who work hand-in-hand to protect area residents â€”Â will take to the court for a good cause against each other on Saturday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
The game will tip off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 will be admitted for free.
Proceeds from the game will benefit Betty's Angels â€” a Relay for Life team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Class of 2014 are hard at work preparing for the 2014 Variety Show, which will be held in the auditorium of the Punxsutawney Area High School on April 3, 4 and 5.
Read details of the Variety Show in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(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 Loretta Shaver.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Loretta Shaver is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a volunteer at the Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, where she puts in long hours helping wherever she can.
Shaver was born and raised in Maryland.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It will be the battle of public safety forces as the Punxsutawney Fire Department and Punxsutawney Borough Police will come together on the hard court at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) tonight.
The firefighters and police officers will face off in the PACC gymnasium to raise money for Betty's Angels â€” a Relay For Life team.
Melissa McAfoos, who organized the event, is literally in the middle, as she's a member of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Department and is a dispatcher for the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.
Girl Scouts in the Punxsutawney Service Unit celebrated Girl Scouting Week March 10-14, wrapping up the celebration with a Friday-night dance at the
Punxsutawney Area Middle School.
There were 105 girls in attendance, ranging in age from kindergarten to 9th grade.
Girls who are interested can become members by contacting Melissa Franklin at (800) 248-3355, ext. 1606.
Helen Louise Himes slipped away peacefully on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at King Community Hospital in Kane.
She was 97 years old. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She will be remembered for her love of life, beautiful "posies," fantastic cooking, story-telling, infectious laugh and generous loving heart.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Himes.
She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Coolspring.
She loved deer hunting, fishing and her flowers.
John S. Brink, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Brink was born June 4, 1924, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Stanley J. and Mary (Chacalla) Brink.
He is survived by his wife, Rose M. (Serian) Brink, of Punxsutawney.
He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army with the 955th Field Artillery Battalion as a field gunner.
He was a recipient of the Silver Star and five Bronze Battle Stars, including Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.
On Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Bizousky Family Practice Associates and BIZQUICKCARE at 104 West Mahoning St., Suite 205 in the Mahoning Findley building. Dr. Frank Bizousky said they were happy to announce the opening of Punxsy's first walk-in clinic where patients can walk in right off the street and receive medical care. "Our slogan is, 'Walk in sick, get better quick,'" Bizousky said, adding that Deb Rummel, nurse practitioner, has 16 years experience as a school nurse with an interest in pediatrics and women's health.
FALLS CREEK â€”Â DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police reported an incident of fleeing and eluding that was initiated at the Falls Creek Sheetz in Sandy Township, Clearfield County and ended in a wooded area along Smithtown Road in Washington Township, Jefferson County.
Police said that at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Monday, they were alerted by the Reynoldsville Police Department that Dustin L. Douthit, 28, Falls Creek, fled from a traffic stop in a 2005 Chevrolet Colroado extended cab pickup truck, blue in color, with damage on its passenger side.