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July 15th

Max E. Pifer Sr., 90

July 15, 2012

Max E. Pifer Sr., 90, Big Run, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 15, 1922, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Harry Franklin and Cora Marie (Davis) Pifer.

Sept. 20, 1946, he married the former Avanell Clouser, who survives.

Mr. Pifer was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Tec 4, during World War II in the 84th Infantry Division. He received a Bronze Star and was in the Battle of the Bulge and various other campaigns in the European Theater.

He was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.

July 13th

Jefferson County Fair kicks off today

July 13, 2012

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — The Jefferson County Fair will kick off for yet another year of food, events, exhibits and fun this weekend at the fairgrounds.

While the animals and exhibits will arrive today, the festivities will get underway Sunday.

“I’m excited about all kinds of stuff,” said Jim Grant, the fair secretary.

Despite today’s view, brick was tops years ago

July 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — As discussions as to the future of Punxsy’s two brick streets — Dinsmore Avenue and Grace Way — continue, 120 years ago, a brick street was considered quite an upgrade over the dirt-and-plank roads that existed at that time.

“In the 1890s, laying brick was considered to be a permanent street improvement,” said S. Thomas Curry, former director and current member of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.

Outstanding! Engeholm, Morgan honored as Spirit's spring athletes

July 13, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Spirit editorial staff is happy to announce that the Spring Sports Outstanding Players have received their honorary plaques, and they can now be announced to the public.

Recent graduate Brody Morgan — a track and field star at Punxsy throughout his time at Punxsutawney Area High School — and soon-to-be senior Chelsea Engeholm — a member of the District IX champion Lady Chucks softball team — were this year's winners, as selected by The Spirit's readers.

Ruby I. Ryen, 91

July 13, 2012

Ruby I. Ryen, 91, formerly of Rossiter (Canoe Township), died awaiting the second coming of Jesus Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Ohio.

She was born May 25, 1921, in Canoe Township, a daughter of the late Winfield and Twila Stiver. 

While she lived most of her life on the same property where she was born, she spent the last four years of her life in Springfield, Ohio, living near her family. After moving to Springfield, she always missed the hills and countryside of Pennsylvania.

July 12th

Files from Young’s audit turned over to DA

July 12, 2012

WALSTON — The investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds in Young Township has been turned over to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to investigate.

During the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Wednesday, Chairman Andrew Meterko said there was nothing new to report regarding the audit, except that all the findings and the audit from the Cantanese Group has been given to Burkett’s office.

The 'Crisis' continues at Music in the Park's opening night

July 12, 2012

As it did last year, Midlife Crisis — (from left) John Keeley on keyboards, Jesse DeChurch on vocals, Mike Kurtz on bass and Dave Buzard on guitar — opened the first show of the 2012 Music in the Park series Thursday night in Barclay Square.

Last men standing: I-Medical holds off Black Sox for Indiana Co. title

July 12, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — After splitting a pair of games with the S.W. Jack Black Sox in the championship series of the Indiana County Junior Legion League, Punxsy's I-Medical won a thrilling slugfest over the Sox Thursday night in Punxsutawney to close out the series and be crowned champions.

After the game, I-Medical head coach Doug Pennington spoke about how happy he was for his squad, which has seen most of its players play together over the past three years in Legion ball.

What a run: Minersville ousts LLSB at States

July 12, 2012

STATE COLLEGE — Every thrilling, come-from-behind victory story has another tale on the other side — a tale of heart-breaking loss. And unfortunately for the Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team, its run at a state title came to an end Thursday afternoon in State College in disappointing fashion.

Punxsy led fellow western foe Minersville 1-0 and was just one out away from a berth into the final four teams and the semi-finals, but a late rally by Minersville allowed it to tie the game, send it to extra innings and go on to win by a 4-2 final score.

Melvin James Neal, 77

July 12, 2012

Melvin James Neal, 77, Erie, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home.

He was born June 27, 1935, in Rossiter, a son of the late Carl and Helen Neal.

He was married to his wife of 42 years, Henrietta “Hedy” Neal, who survives.

Mr. Neal was a member of the New Apostolic Church and was employed with Benjamin Coal Co., and then self-employed in excavating prior to retirement.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War, and was past president and life member of the American Legion in Rossiter.

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