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Archive - Oct 2012

October 9th

It’s decided: Halloween Parade set for Oct. 31

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Following a long discussion at Monday’s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted 5-2 to allow the Punxsutawney Fire Department to hold Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo, council member, said there will still be a separate Halloween celebration that will take place in the East End of Punxsutawney from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 27, with her traditional haunted house and treat bags being given out.

All area children are invited to attend that event as well.

PAHS principal speaks about pros, cons of seven- vs. eight-period school days

October 9, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In light of recent discussions regarding changes to school scheduling, High School Principal David London spoke to the school board at its meeting Monday about some of the advantages and disadvantages of the seven-period school day versus the eight-period school day.

The original discussions came about as the board was mulling the possibility of a school closure, involving moving seventh grade to the high school and third grade to the middle school.

October 8th

Everett M. Bell, 86

October 8, 2012

Everett M. Bell, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Clearfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane (Griffith) Bell. They were married Jan. 1, 1949.

Surviving relatives include two sons, William Bell of Grampian and James Bell of Punxsutawney; two daughters, Patricia Robinson of Grampian and Lorie Park and husband Daniel of Brookville; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Mabel R. Peffer, 99

October 8, 2012

Mabel R. Peffer, 99, of Marion Center, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Communities at Indian Haven in Indiana.

Mrs. Peffer was born Oct. 10, 1912, in West Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late Daniel C. Ruffner and Emma (Fitzgerald) Ruffner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Peffer.

Mabel was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Punxsutawney.

Mabel was an avid reader and loved to crochet. She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Marion Center High School.

Daniel G. Payson, 74

October 8, 2012

Daniel G. Payson, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Punxsutawney.

He was born May 18, 1938, in Indiana, a son of the late Charles Sr. and Dorothy Buggy Payson.

Mr. Payson was a graduate of Indiana Area High School and Westmoreland Community College.

He was the former owner of Indiana Auto Supply and True Value Hardware, both of Indiana, and the Punxsutawney Auto Parts.

Most recently, Dan had been employed at NAC Carbon Products, Inc., of Punxsutawney.

October 7th

Brookville Raiders football keeps rolling, beats A-C Valley 48-24

October 7, 2012

BROOKVILLE — An impressive performance by the Brookville Raiders' dynamic offensive trio helped power them to a 48-24 victory over A-C Valley Friday night, improving to a 5-1 record.

Running backs Zach Vroman and Brodie Zacherl and quarterback Cameron Yard combined for 409 rushing yards.

"The more weapons you have the tougher you are to defend, and that's what we're evolving into," said Chris Dworek, Raider varsity coach.

Vroman rushed for 129 yards on 10 carries with a 56-yard TD run and a 70-yard punt return.

Pizza & Prevention raises over $45,000 for fire department

October 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Fox's Pizza Den Pizza & Prevention 11th annual fundraiser has broken more records in raising money for the Punxsutawney Fire Department over the weekend.

The final totals are still coming in, but as of Sunday, Fox's Pizza sold close to 5,000 pizzas and pizza coupons during the annual fire department fundraiser, said Scott Anthony, owner of Fox's Pizza Den in Punxsy.

Converting that into dollars, it totals $45,449.79, with the money donated in tips yet to be added to the tally, Anthony said, adding that the public has embraced this as an event more than a fundraiser.

Oktober Fest set for Saturday in downtown

October 7, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Oktober Fest in Punxsutawney is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Oktober Fest is the last of the 2012 Second Saturday events PRIDE has coordinated in the downtown.

It will take place, rain or shine, and will feature activities for all ages.

Events for the day include “Pick a Pumpkin” discounts at participating stores and sidewalk sales by a variety of vendors.

A Pumpkin Story Walk will take place on the sidewalk of South Findley Street between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Way Back When

October 7, 2012

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
Sept. 9, 1896

Arrested for Malicious Mischief
Dr. Beyer and Dr. Shields have a dispute about a line on North Findley street, both claiming an alley. Last Saturday Des Freas and Ferl Long were having some coal hauled.

Joseph M. Serge, 91

October 7, 2012

Joseph M. Serge, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Serge was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario Serge and Catherine (Caliguire) Serge.

Nov. 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Anne (Schepis) Serge, of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Independence.

Mr. Serge worked as a carpenter for the B&O Railroad — Chessie System.

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