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Punxsy Fire Department also has water rescue team to respond in emergencies

April 22, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the warmer weather returns, more and more people will be spending time outdoors at lakes and streams where water-related accidents might occur, which is why the Punxsutawney Fire Department has a water rescue team.

The team was formed in 1974, and in the 90s, the boat crew and dive team were combined into the water rescue team, said Matt Powell, dive master for the Punxsutawney Fire Department.

Decorating job a piece of cake

April 22, 2012

SMICKSBURG — Star Wars, Bob the Builder, the Steelers, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, WWE, Pokemon, pigs, penguins, lions, tigers and bears — oh my! All of these designs have been made into cakes by Jessica Fairman, of Fairman's Cakes.

Just about any idea that can be dreamed up, she can make into a cake.
Five years ago, Fairman decided to take cake designing classes at Michael's in Indiana and discovered she really enjoyed the trade. She said she has always had an interest in art and found her niche when she applied it to sculpting cakes.

Way Back When

April 22, 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
(June 3, 1896)

LEG AMPUTATED

Linda M. (Clark) Dubensky, 71

April 22, 2012

Linda M. (Clark) Dubensky, 71, Cranberry Township, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas Dubensky; loving mother of Dona and Russ Sullivan, Sherri and Tom Dubensky, and Belinda Rape and Ken Anderson.

She was the proud grandmother of Christopher and Kim Dubensky, TJ Dubensky, Russell Sullivan, Curt Rape, Felicia Rape, Ashley Sullivan and Paige Rape.

Surviving relatives also include a sister, Sandra Dubensky; and a brother, Robert Clark.

Marguerite A. Huffman, 94

April 22, 2012

Marguerite A. Huffman, 94, Summerville, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

She was born April 19, 1918, in Summerville, the daughter of the late Newell and Clara M. (Fye) Haugh.

Dec. 31, 1936, she married Percy F. Huffman, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Huffman graduated from Summerville High School in 1936.

She was a former employee at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville. A member of the Summerville Methodist Church, her hobbies included sewing and embroidery.

Marilyn J. Siar, 83

April 22, 2012

Marilyn J. Siar, 83, Summerville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Knox Dale, a daughter of the late William and Grace (McKnabb) Miller.

Oct. 4, 1947, she married Summers B. Siar, who survives.

Mrs. Siar was a graduate of Brookville High School.

She was a housewife and enjoyed puzzles, sightseeing, flea markets, playing cards and her grandchildren.

She was of the Methodist faith.

Matthew W. Snedden, 84

April 22, 2012

Matthew W. Snedden, 84, Anita, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Rossiter, a son of the late Walter and Ruth (Warden) Snedden.

July 14, 1951, he married Marie B. (Sivanich) Snedden, who survives, of Anita. They were married 60 years.

Mr. Snedden served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was employed for many years by Jefferson Grocery before retiring.

He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church, where he was a member of the Men's Club.

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