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December 26th

Winter storm wreaks havoc on county travelers

December 26, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — If you are a fan of a "White Christmas," then you should be happy with the pretty flakes that fell Christmas Eve throughout the area, but very few people wish for a white day after Christmas.

"We had over seven inches of snow on the ground in Punxsutawney Borough as of 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday)," said Charlie Hoeh, Punxsutawney Borough Emergency Management coordinator.

Hoeh said the forecast called for another three to four inches throughout the night.

"We were pretty fortunate that motorists were careful while navigating through state and borough streets," he said.

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: January - March

December 26, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, Assistant Editor Megan Reiter brings you the top news stories from the months of January, February and March.)

January 2012
Jan. 2

December 25th

PASR names Jeanne Curtis its Volunteer of the Year

December 25, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In recognition of the more than 2,000 hours she has devoted to a variety of organizations and projects in the past twelve months, Jeanne Curtis of Punxsutawney has been chosen as the Volunteer of the Year by the Community Service Committee of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR).

H. Paul Hoover, 82

December 25, 2012

H. Paul Hoover, 82, Valier, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born on Jan.1, 1930, in Loop, Pa., a son of the late Russell and Vera (Fireman) Hoover.

He was the last remaining member of his family.

On July 28, 1956, he married Mary Emma (Braunns) Hoover, who survives.

He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church and attended the Men’s Breakfasts.

He served in the United States

Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He worked for PennDOT for 28 years as an equipment operator and retired from there in 1990.

Todd M. Covert, 33

December 25, 2012

Todd M. Covert, 33, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1979, a son of Jerry and Mary (Shiock) Covert.

He was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church.

He was a graduate from the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1997 and attended Slippery Rock University.

He enjoyed hunting, hiking, music, going to camp, spending time with his nieces and nephew, and most of all, his family.

December 23rd

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.

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