October 13th, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Central Fire Department recently presented one of the most important lessons that students needed to hear â€” one that could ultimately save their lives â€” on fire prevention and safety for the students at West End Elementary School during Fire Prevention Week on Friday.
The Lady Chucks tennis team traveled to St. Marys on Monday to beat the rain and beat the Lady Rovers of Brockway for the District IX team title. Pictured here are the team members who made the trip and Punxsy Head Coach Rose Graffius (far left). With the win, Punxsy advances to the state tournament, where the Lady Chucks will face a team out of the WPIAL.
Read the full recap in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Paul M. Strong, 91, of Meadow Road, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Wellington Heights.
Mr. Strong was born May 7, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Lillian C. (Anderson) Strong.
On April 28, 2012, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jane (Hicks) Strong. They were married on August 21, 1947.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.
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ANITA â€” No one likes to think that their home may catch on fire, but it is something that is more common than many realize.
Friday morning, the students at Parkview Elementary learned about fire safety at the Fire and Prevention program, hosted by the McCalmont Township Fire Department in Anita. Assistant Fire Chief Critter Porada taught the students some fire safety techniques and talked about what they should do if there is ever a fire.
Charles Allen McGee, 89, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at sunrise at Ivy Ridge in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Mr. McGee was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Warren, Ohio.
He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ethel Mundorf McGee of Punxsutawney.
Mr. McGee was a retired pipefitter.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Giffin McGee; sons Charles McGee, Jr. and wife Janet, Tom McGee and wife Claudette, Tim McGee and wife Karen and Mike McGee and wife Nancy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Richard James Covatch, 80, of Punxsutawney, died on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at UPMC-Montefiore Medical Center in Pittsburgh.
He was born April 21, 1934, in Rossiter, the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.
He was married for 50 years to Mary Louise (Maddox) Covatch, who preceded him in death on July 27, 2008.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of the American Legion.
He was a laborer in the construction industry for many years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” On Thursday evening, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club opened its doors to the public for an open house. Katie Donald, executive director, said that this open house was being put on as a "thank you to the community for its support with Groundhog Day."
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy earned a thrilling win in comeback fashion on Friday night on the road over the St. Marys Flying Dutch.
For a full recap from the game, pick up Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Other teams in action today for PAHS include:
â€¢ Boys' Soccer (Home) vs. Clarion-Limestone, 11 a.m.
â€¢ Volleyball at Kane Tournament
â€¢ JV Volleyball at ECC Tournament
Jacqueline F. Kriner, 87, of Wishaw Road in Reynoldsville, died at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
Born on July 26, 1927 in Porter, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George I. Fordoski and Letha L. Freedline Fordoski.
On June 12, 1943, she married Chester B. Kriner, who preceded her in death on March 19, 2002.