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Spirit closing at 3 p.m. Monday; no paper Tuesday

December 23, 2012

In observance of the Christmas holiday, The Spirit office will be closing at 3 p.m. today.

The office will be closed Christmas Day, and there will be no paper.

Regular office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

We wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The ‘Rumors’ are true: Tavern closed — for now

December 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you're a regular at Rumors Tavern on West Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney you've probably been wondering why they don't answer the phone anymore on "Taco Tuesday" — or any day of the week?

The reason is simple: It's because the restaurant has closed due to the Saw Mill

Run bridge replacement project. However, a new Rumors building is being constructed just yards away.

Council president recounts 2012, thanks workers, public

December 23, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a reflection on 2012, Punxsutawney Borough Council President Larry Chenoga thanked borough employees and his fellow council members for helping to make his first year as president a success.

Chenoga had been on council for seven years prior to being elected president in January.

"The president oversees and handles a variety of issues that the other members don't deal with," Chenoga said, adding that he keeps his fellow council members informed of any issues that he deals with as president.

Way Back When

December 23, 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
December 16, 1896

"The Woman in Black"

The "woman in black" craze has struck this town at last.

This mysterious personage has infested all of our neighbor towns, and has served the purpose of keeping girls off the streets at night, and furnished material for many a hushed and awe-stricken conversation.

The woman it seems, is here.

Verla June Beebe, 87

December 23, 2012

Verla June Beebe, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at High Point Nursing Facility.

She was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Ringgold Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Clair and Meda (Shaffer) Martz.

Aug. 29, 1946, she married Howard Beebe.

Verla grew up on a farm in Punxsutawney and moved to Buffalo, N.Y.

She was employed at Curtiss Wright during World War II, and also as a nurse’s aide at Perrysburgh to be close to her future husband, Howard.

After raising her family, she worked at the Main St. Bristol Home as a cook.

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86

December 23, 2012

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86, of Glen Campbell, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The daughter of Joseph M. and Anna H. (Korney) Parada, she was born on July 16, 1926, in Kilrun, Indiana County, Pa.

Marge was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Glen Campbell.

A highlight of Marge’s life was her love for her family and the great enjoyment she received from being amidst her family during gatherings; meals and celebrations.

A homemaker in the true sense of the word, she liked cooking and baking for her family.

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