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Big Run VFW recognizes Pearl Harbor anniversary

December 8, 2013

Big Run VFW Post 9044 and the Ladies Auxiliary announced the winners of the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests at their Pearl Harbor Day commemoration on Saturday.

Pictured (from left) are Ladies Auxiliary Secretary Ruth Soliday, Patriot's Pen winner Garrett Fairman, Voice of Democracy winner Merica Pallone, and VFW Post 9044 Commander Jim Pallone.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Fun at Phil’s Holiday Bash

December 8, 2013

It was a fun and eventful morning for many local youngsters who attended Punxsy Phil's Holiday Bash, held at Gobbler’s Knob. The event was held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for children 12 and under and their parents.

A free lunch was provided for everyone, and children were able to make tons of crafts, play games and show off their cookie-decorating skills.

Children also were able to write a letter to Santa, with members of the Groundhog Club Inner Circle making sure those letters reach Santa.

Some children also made cards for elderly members in the community.

Way Back When

December 8, 2013

(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
November 24, 1897

The Fire Department
It is of vital interest to the people of this town that our fire department be kept up to the highest possible standard of efficiency. A successor to the late chief of the company, W C. Torrence, who resigned

Thomas Quentin "Tucker" Craft, 93

December 8, 2013

Thomas Quentin "Tucker" Craft, 93, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, peacefully, surrounded by his family and his close friend, Irene Grube, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Craft was born in Punxsutawney on Jan. 22, 1920.

He was a descendant of Abraham Craft, a pioneer settler of the Punxsutawney area.

He was married 65 years to his sweetheart, Doris Marcella (Heeter) Craft, who preceded him in death.

Together they raised three daughters who gave them six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Traffic Update: I-80 westbound has reopened near Clearfield

December 8, 2013

CLEARFIELD — advises drivers that Interstate 80 westbound near Clearfield now has both lanes reopened as of 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

The roadway was closed earlier today due to a crash between mile-marker 120 at the Clearfield interchange to mile-marker 111 at the Penfield interchange.

The detour that was in place during the closure has been lifted. The roadway reopened about three hours ahead of schedule.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution as they travel today and give themselves extra travel time.

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