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March 20th

Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87

March 20, 2012

Lucy R. Stefanelli, 87, Indiana, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe.

She was born in 1924, in Punxsutawney, to Felice and Giovanna (Manacchio) Ciccone.

Mrs. Stefanelli was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux R.C. Church, Indiana, and the Catholic Daughters of America.

During World War II, she worked for Federal Lab making shells and flares, while awaiting the return of her soldier fiancé, Angelo Stefanelli.

Following the war, they were married January 24, 1946, and shared 61 years together until his death in 2007.

March 19th

From red and white to blue and gold: A pair of Lady Chucks hope to help anchor Golden Eagles

March 19, 2012

CLARION — A young, energetic Golden Eagles softball team — one that includes a pair of former Lady Chucks players in freshmen Taylor Powell and Shawnna Crago — took the field last Monday in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to kick off the 2012 Clarion University softball season.

Grant funds to provide gambling addiction programs

March 19, 2012

FALLS CREEK — Residents in rural Jefferson and Clearfield counties may be a two-hour drive from casinos in Pittsburgh and Salamanca, N.Y., but gambling is just as accessible with an Internet connection.

More than four years after casinos began operating in western Pennsylvania, the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission is trying to address the needs of people in the two-county region, calling attention to potential gambling-addiction problems.

Council OKs rezoning south side of Union St.

March 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — During a special meeting Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council voted in favor of changing an ordinance designating the south side of Union Street to be town center commercial.

Prior to the vote, council conducted a public hearing to address the suggested rezoning of the south side of Union Street to allow for a beauty shop to open in a house on the Shumaker property.

March 18th

PUNXSY WINS SIXTH-GRADE TOURNEY

March 18, 2012

Punxsy's sixth-grade girls' tournament team participated in a weekend basketball tournament in Derry Feb. 24-27. The sixth-grade team won the championship. Individual trophies were awarded. The sixth-graders were also runners up in the Marion Center annual Donnie McGinnis Tournament. Pictured here with their trophies are team members (front, from left) Kylee Lingenfelter, Kate Horner, Mia Lingenfelter, Kally Graham; (back) coach Julie Horner, Leah Miller, Toya Jones, Kaitlin Doverspike and Elyse White. Missing from the photo are coach Steve White, Jordyn Powell and Alyse Whitman.

Big Run names Robin McKee as annual Citizen of the Year

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sunday’s 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.

Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the “Robert L. ‘BoBo’ Davis Award” by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sunday’s festivities.

McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.

Peepers poet laureate offers his insight into Big Run’s annual phenomenon

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.

“I was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,” he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.

“When I’m at a county commission meeting, I’m bound by Roberts Rules of Order,” McIntyre said. “When I’m at meetings at home, I go by Eilene’s (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though I’m the boss.”

WAY BACK WHEN

March 18, 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
(May 6, 1896)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to “Died of His Injuries” from last week.)

Evelyn Marino, 85

March 18, 2012

Evelyn Marino, 85, Treasure Lake, DuBois, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Nelson’s Golden Years in DuBois.

She was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Covode, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Jay B. and Lillian M. Sutter.

Nov. 5, 1949, she married John A. Marino Jr., who preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2007.

A graduate of the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Marino worked in the Clearfield Hospital for many years and later as a nurse-receptionist for Dr. Carmella Lugue.

Helen M. Wolfgang, 94

March 18, 2012

Helen M. Wolfgang, 94, Brookville, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at home.

She was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Frogtown, a daughter of the late John W. and Mary Louella (Gibson) Bartley.

Jan. 15, 1949, in Kingsville, she married Clarence P. Wolfgang, who preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1975.

Mrs. Wolfgang was a homemaker and an avid reader who enjoyed crafts. She was a past volunteer at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home, and she loved horses, enjoyed family and her dog Diamond.

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