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March 18th

Ringgold truck/garage fire ruled accidental

March 18, 2013

RINGGOLD — The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Ringgold Area Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a 2005 Peterbilt Log Truck and damaged a 40-by-60-foot garage on March 16 at 4:17 p.m.

The fire originated in the engine compartment, a report issued by PSP-Punxsy said, and was determined to be the result of an accidental cause.

There were no injuries, and damage was estimated at $100,000.

The Hawthorne, Dayton, Perry Township and Oliver Township fire companies assisted the Ringgold Area Fire Department at the scene.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake throws a strike!

March 18, 2013

The "Bowl For Kids' Sake" event was held Saturday at Groundhog Lanes in Punxsy.

The event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County.

Here, Wyatt Albert, one of the youngest bowlers to participate, prepares for a strike.

Mabel L. Rishel, 85

March 18, 2013

Mabel L. Rishel, 85, Rossiter, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.

She was born Jan. 27, 1928, in Frostburg, a daughter of James C. and Amber (Hamilton) Jordan.

On Feb. 26, 1949, she married Albert J. Hudak, who preceded her in death on April 3, 1982.

She then married Lloyd Joseph Rishel on March 19, 1988. He also preceded her in death, on Oct. 16, 1995.

Mabel was a graduate of the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1946.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.

Larry "Joe" Joseph Sprankle, 53

March 18, 2013

Larry "Joe" Joseph Sprankle, 53, of York, Pa., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

He was born July 24, 1959, in Punxsutawney, a son of Larry G. and Judy (Niel) Sprankle.

He was married to the former Ruth Buchholz.

He was a plumber by trade.

March 17th

ROTARY AUCTION RAISES NEARLY $40,000

March 17, 2013

Saturday's weather was perfect for staying indoors and listening to the Punxsutawney Rotary's Radio Auction on WPXZ.

Shown broadcasting are (front, from left) Rotarians, Scott Neal, Jim Cassidy and Doug Chambers. Helping in the background is Michelle Stahlman and (far left) Bill Allemang.

Tom Chelgren, auction chair, said the rotary raised close to $40,000 during this year's auction.

Peepers’ Banquet pays tribute to London

March 17, 2013

BIG RUN — It seemed as if it was the same as it always was, but somehow it was different, as Big Run's "Frogman," the late John London, was honored at Sunday's Big Run Peepers’ Banquet.

"Tonight, we will not be honoring a man or a woman Citizen of the Year, but, instead, we will be honoring John H. London, commonly known as the 'Frogman,'" said Joe Buterbaugh, Big Run mayor.

Weekend wrecks cause rollovers but spare injuries

March 17, 2013

Sate police responded to a rollover accidents that occurred in McCalmont Township Saturday.

Borough police also responded to a rollover wreck Saturday on Park Avenue.

No injuries were reported, but both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene.

Way Back When

March 17, 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
March 24, 1897

In Doubt of Their Man
A man supposed to be Jacob Bookamire, who is charged with the murder of William Cunningham, in Banks township, Indiana county, March 16, 1894, was captured at Bolivar, Westmoreland county, on March 20, and placed in the Indiana jail.

Hazel D. Freedline, 90

March 17, 2013

Hazel D. Freedline, 90, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Newtonburg, Clearfield, County, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mrs. Freedline was born Sept. 15, 1922, in Patchinville, a daughter of the late Carl T. and Daisy L. (Solley) Sunderlin.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Freedline, on Aug. 16, 1993.

Hazel was Protestant by faith.

She was a member of the Westover Golden Agers, Mahaffey Fire Company Ladies Auxillary, Board of Elections for Bell Township and the Bell Township Grange.

Blaine B. Wachob, 73

March 17, 2013

Blaine B. Wachob, 73, of DuBois, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

He was born Aug. 20, 1939, in Big Run, a son of the late John and Sarah (Bowers) Wachob.

July 10, 1970, he married Deanna S. Gidley Wachob. She preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 2007.

Mr. Wachob attended Big Run School and was a retired truck driver for Cable Trucking of Brookville.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

He attended the First United Methodist Church in Reynoldsville.

Mr. Wachob was a member of the John M. Read Lodge F&AM in Reynoldsville.

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