Archive - Nov 2012
Big Run VFW Post 9044 Adjutant Bob Lott (left) presents Alexis Young with a certificate after she was announced as the winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest.
William A. Condron, 66, of Big Run, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at VA Medical Center in Oakland.
Mr. Condron was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Echo, a son of the late Regis Condron and Luella (Neville) Condron.
March 3, 1967, he married his loving wife, Bernice A. (Mauk) Condron, who survives, of Big Run.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the CMA Church in Punxsutawney, where he coached youth basketball.
He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the NRA.
The nominees for The Spirit's 2012 Fall Sports Outstanding Athletes have been named, and are as follows:
Girls' Cross Country: Juliann Boddorf and Alexis Young
Girls' Golf: Lauren Giavedoni and Audrianna DeLacour
Girls' Soccer: Sydney Dubensky and Allison Fye
Girls' Tennis: Lauren Wolfe & Amber Ward
Girls' Volleyball: Chelsea Engeholm and Sydney Weaver
Boys' Cross Country: Nate Ward and Bo Dinger
Football: Garrett Zimmerman and Jamie Bush
Boys' Golf: Brandon Mancuso and Mike Blose
Boys' Soccer: Trevor Peace and Mike Pascuzzo
Clifton Meade Murphy, 77, Mt. Lebanon, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the Hollidaysburg Veteransâ Home in Hollidaysburg.
He was born Nov. 20, 1934, in Big Run, Pa., a son of the late James W. and Margaret E. (Pooler) Murphy.
Clifton graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1952 and from Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pa., in 1956. He earned a bacehlorâs degree and was commissioned a 2d LT in the U.S. Army Infantry.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â A number of state and local politicians and officials, including Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan, Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald, Punxsutawney Mayor James Wehrle and State Senator Joseph Scarnati, the Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, visited the Punxsutawney Pre-K Counts classroom at the community center on Monday to support early childhood programs and to read to the children.
Also present were Karen Ray, the Jefferson County Pre-K Counts director, and Bruce Clash, the state director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Most athletic teams take on a theme to their seasons, but the majority of the time they are left unfulfilled.
The Punxsy Lady Chucks volleyball did not let its "Holding the Rope" theme go by the way side but applied it and made it become a reality with the District IX AA championship to its credit.
The Lady Chucks celebrated their many successes and optimisms of the future on Sunday night at the New Anchor Inn in Punxsy at their season banquet.
The Oak Ridge Boys packed the Jackson Theater at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center on Saturday night for a sold-out Christmas concert. (From left) Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban sing for the crowd.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â PAHS senior Amy Jo Parente was in need of an idea for a senior project.
Deciding to see if anyone needed help at Mulberry Square Elder Care &
Rehabilitation Center, she met Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director, who came up with the idea of doing a handprint flag.
Veterans from all over are invited to take part in this project, where they will put their handprints on what soon will be a replica of the U.S. flag.
Currently, the blue field with white handprints as stars is already complete.
Now begins the process of making the red stripes.
SNYDER TOWNSHIP âÂ A former Just for Jesus resident who left the ministry without notifying police of his current address has been located, according to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Timothy Weidinger, 34, was apprehended in Toldeo, Ohio, on Thursday, police said.
Sometime between Oct. 12 and Nov. 7, Weidinger left Just for Jesus, which is located along Route 28, for an appointment and failed to return.
Weidinger is required by law to notify police of his current address, police reported.
Criminal charges were filed though District Court.
(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.)
September 30, 1896
The Business Men's Picnic
Tomorrow at Mariposa Park a business men's picnic will be held. John Wannamaker, the great Philadelphia merchant and Ex-Postmaster General of the United States will be present and deliver an address. Large delegations from Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Punxsutawney and elsewhere are expected to attend.