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September 15th

Apparent body parts found in Mahoning Creek

September 15, 2013

Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department dive team are pictured returning to shore after performing an apparent body part recovery investigation in the Mahoning Creek in Perry Township on Sunday evening.

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

Boy, 12, dies in accident

September 15, 2013

HENDERSON TOWNSHIP — A 12-year-old boy died in an accident Saturday, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the incident occurred at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, as the boy’s father was operating a Bobcat compact track loader along a private roadway off Rainbow Road in Henderson Township.

The boy was operating a horse-drawn wagon and inadvertently traveled behind the loader, which struck him, according to police.

Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder pronounced the boy dead at the scene.

Way Back When

September 15, 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
August 18, 1897

A Mountain of Ore
The Punxsutawney Iron Company is putting in an immense quantity of ore. A little mountain of it is piled up on the grounds containing about 50,000 tons, and the company expects to have as much more there before navigation closes on the lakes.

M. Gene Crawford, 84

September 15, 2013

M. Gene Crawford of Brookville passed away at his home with his loving family on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at the age of 84.

The third youngest of eight children, Gene was born on Dec. 30, 1928, to Boyd E. and B. Irene (Fritz) Crawford of Oakridge, Pa.

A graduate of New Bethlehem High School, he was a talented scholar-athlete who excelled at football and baseball and was elected president of his class.

September 13th

The Angry Beavers: DuBois proves to be too much for the Chucks

September 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — "Friday the 13th" is one of the most legendary horror movies out there. If you ask the Chucks, they probably aren't a fan.

When Punxsutawney traveled to DuBois on Friday night, they were stuck in their own horror movie, losing to the Beavers 49-7.

DuBois came out on a mission, coming off a loss to Mifflin County.
For head coach Alan Nichol, all he could do was tip his cap.

Update: Police locate missing woman, 18

September 13, 2013

UPDATE: Police have issued a release announcing that Novak has been located.

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police have located Cassandra Lee Novak, 18, who was last seen at her Walls Road residence in Winslow Township at 6 p.m. Friday.

Pedersen, joined by Carmody, returns to town for session on grieving

September 13, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The grieving process is certainly one that can carry on for many years after the loss of a loved one.

It never really, completely goes away, but through the healing power in the process, one can seek comfort in knowing he or she is not alone.

One local woman, Chris Gigliotti, has learned the healing power of grief. In 2009, she suffered the tragic loss of her beloved son, Adam Travis.

Gigliotti said that after his death, she spent a lot of time struggling and searching for "something" to help her deal with that loss.

Weather Discovery Center receives EITC donation through Verizon

September 13, 2013

On Friday, Verizon presented a check for $5,000 to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center (PWDC) as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Through the recommendation of Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Smith, Verizon is proud to partner with PWDC to support programs that empower young people with lifelong learning skills.

Rotary honors Spirit employees

September 13, 2013

Spirit employees Lisa Ross (left) and Bridey Shawgo were recently honored by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club with Distinguished Service Citations for their work in composing and producing the Punxsutawney Spirit insert for the annual radio auction and several other Rotary projects.

In receiving the award, Ross and Shawgo were recognized and thanked for working tirelessly "behind the scenes" and doing a great job in support of the Rotary endeavors.

Edwin L. Snyder, Jr., 88

September 13, 2013

Edwin L. Snyder, Jr., 88, Rochester Mills, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at home.

He was born April 22, 1925, in Homer City, a son of the late Edwin L. and Freda L. (Wells) Snyder.

On Jan. 26, 1952, he married Virginia C. (Carter) Snyder, who preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2010.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.

He grew up in the home of his grandmother, Martha Long Snyder, and his father near Rochester Mills.

He graduated from Marion Center High School Class of 1942 and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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