February 14th, 2014
BROOKVILLE â€” On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners commended State Rep. and Speaker of the House Sam Smith for his 28 years of service to the 66th District after Smith announced that he would not run for another term.
Commission Chairman Paul Corbin spoke first, saying the county will "miss Sam's leadership and the returns he has brought to this county."
On Friday, Corbin said that he plans to run for the seat on the Republican ticket.
Corbin said an official announcement will be held in the near future.
The winners of the annual Punxsy Elks Hoop Shoot were honored at halftime of the girlsâ€™ basketball game against Bradford on Friday night.
Pictured here are (from left) Cooper Hallman, 8/9 boysâ€™ winner; Daren Byers, 10/11 boysâ€™ runner-up; Zach Reitz, 10/11 boysâ€™ winner; Kylee Lingenfelter, 12/13 girlsâ€™ winner; Katelyn Griebel, 10/11 girlsâ€™ winner; and Danielle Griebel, 8/9 girlsâ€™ winner.
While most of the townshipâ€™s residents have seen enough snow for a while, the students and teachers at Parkview Elementary School decided to make the most of the weather on Friday, as they took part in an afternoon of sled riding.
Pictured are Chris â€śCritterâ€ť Porada from the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Department helps Caleigh Smelko, Lydia Gilbert and Riley Schaffer keep their sled in place as they pose for a photo.
For more photos, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Vernon E. Neese, 60, of Dora, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Princeton, Ind., a son of the late Walter and Mary (Alcorn) Neese.
On June 21, 1997, he married Karen L. (Bevac) Neese, who preceded him in death on March 2, 2005.
Vern is a 1971 graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Ind.
He relocated to Pennsylvania in 1979 and started working in the coal mines, where he continued to work for the past 34 years.
Vern was an avid fisherman, but most of all, he loved riding his Harley.
This week, Spirit reporter Larry McGuire paid a visit to Parkview Elementary School, where Mrs. Kolodickâ€™s first-grade class answered the following question for him: â€śWho is your Valentine this year?â€ť
Pictured are (front, from left) Charity Cary, Gage Elliott, Hunter Dobson, Ava Bodenhorn, Ellie Skinner; (middle row) Claire Skarbek, Gavin Carrick, Magdalena Filippi, Milaydi Hilliard, Brianna Pennington; (back row) Kayley Shirey, Nathan Kendrick, Lilly Houser, Chase Uplinger, Jack Hilliard and Skielar Knox.
To read their adorable answers, pick up Friday's copy 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 Patricia Rougeux.)
HUDSON â€” Patricia Rougeux is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a volunteer who helps out at Saints Cosmas and Damian Church and also chips in around the community.
Rougeux was born and raised in Morrisdale, Pa.
If you are looking for a brief encounter with something that will remind you of spring, try attending a barbecue on Saturday.
The Punxsutawney Central Fire Department is holding a chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the fire hall, located on Front Street in Punxsutawney, adjacent to the Punxsutawney Borough Police Station.
Pictured are (from left) Chris Smith, Jagger Smith, Wanda Thomas and Larry McGuire-Rembowski of the Punxsutawney Central Fire Department.
Joy Aileen Marley, 60, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
She passed peacefully in her own home, surrounded by family.
She was born Nov. 8, 1953, in Weirton, W.V., the daughter of Ernest and Joyce (Cribbs) Edelman, and is survived by her husband of 40 years, Fred Marley; her two daughters, Rachel Himes and Amanda Marley; and three granddaughters, Jasmine, Ariel and Bella Himes.
Tonight is a big night for the Lady Chucks. Not only will they battle the Lady Owls of Bradford for a tie for the regular season D-IX title, but they'll honor three players for Senior Night â€”Â Emily Horner, Taylor Newcome and Ashley Reitz â€” as well. The boys' basketball team will also be in action, as it'll travel to Bradford to conclude its regular season.
Howard Paul Kennedy, 62, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Stuart, Fla., following a brief illness.
He was born May 30, 1951, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Elsie (Bullers) and J. Paul Kennedy.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lee, and their family; his sister, Judith (Kennedy) McKee and husband Tom and family. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be missed.