Archive - 2013
BIG RUN â€” It has now been over two weeks since spring officially arrived on the calendar, and still, there's been nary a peep from the peeper frogs in Big Run, which is how most locals decide whether or not spring has officially arrived.
"It's hard to believe that we still haven't heard the tiny frogs announce the arrival of spring," said Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet and now resident Peeper watcher.
London said the average first day of peeping has been on March 20, the date for the official arrival of spring as far as the calendar is concerned.
SUMMERVILLE â€” Author and Summerville native Kendra Woodring â€” who writes under the name K.R. Woodring â€” returned to her roots on Saturday with a book signing held in her original hometown at the Summerville Public Library.
In fact, Woodring said she grew up "literally in the backyard" of the library, so close by that her mother's property touches corners with the library's.
The votes have been tallied, and the winners of The Spirit's third annual Outstanding Player Awards have been named.
To see who came out on top, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
William J. Bridge, 86, of Cloe, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Bridge was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Thomas L. Bridge and Hazel (Fetterman) Bridge.
On Aug. 18, 2005, Mr. Bridge was preceded in death by his wife Vera C. (Smith) Bridge.
He was the owner of Bills Chassis Alignment in Cloe.
He attended the Cloe United Methodist Church and was the former Post Commander of the Punxsutawney VFW.
His hobbies were woodworking, hunting and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dorothy M. "Dollie" Lauer, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.
Mrs. Lauer was preceded in death by her first husband, John Lauer, and her second husband, Alfred L. Lauer.
She was a member of St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.
Dollie worked many years for Jerko's Confectionary and the Carroll House Dress Shop in Williamsport before retiring.
She loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and the Lawrence Welk Show.
Wilda N. Reitz, 95, formerly of Timblin, died on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1918, in New Salem, a daughter of John L. and Mabel M. (Wise) Reitz.
Wilda was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church, and when she moved to Timblin, she attended the Life Fellowship Church. She worked for Rola Jensen.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Klingensmith of New Castle and Joan Yeager of Indianapolis, Indiana; a brother, Paul Reitz and his wife Joyce of Timblin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Last week, The Spirit's Larry McGuire sat down with Gary Conrad to discuss the recently finalized contract between the Punxsutawney Area School District and the Punxsutawney Area Education Association (PAEA).
For the interview, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” What is Autism? That is the question that runs through the minds of many individuals.
And the answer is: autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are terms for a complex neurological disorder that is characterized by communication difficulties, social impairment and repetitive behaviors.
Children who are autistic may have difficulties with motor coordination or attention span, have trouble sleeping and potty training and have intellectual disabilities.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently named a pair of essay winners â€” PAHS senior Alexa Shaffer for the DAR Good Citizen Award and SS.C.D. School seventh-grader Kaitlin Nicole Doverspike for the DAR American History Essay Contest.
According to the letter read at the presentation, Shaffer's involvement in a number of community extends from school to church to community and made her an excellent choice for a "Good Citizen."
Sara Marie Shields Rhodes Webb, 91, changed her address to Heaven on March 30, 2013, while visiting in Ohio.
Sara was born on a farm in Mahaffey, the daughter of Myrl and Jane Shields. Her home for the past 52 years has been New Jersey.
Sara worked as a waitress many years while raising her four children.
She loved her God, her family and her garden. She attended the Rockaway Reformed Church.
Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Webb; a son, Harry Rhodes of Maryland; and a daughter, Nancy Rhodes Diethorne of Pennsylvania.