Archive - 2013
Leroy Dallas Bloom, 71, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Bloom was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ralph and Effie (McHenry) Bloom.
Leroy was a retired farmer and truck driver and was the owner of Bloom Trucking.
He enjoyed going to antique tractor pulls with his friends.
James L. Sherry, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Mr. Sherry was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Juneau, a son of the late Harry E. and Hazel (McDowell) Sherry.
He served in the U.S. Army.
He was married to Barbara Ann (Tyger) Sherry, who survives, of Juneau.
He was a member of Valley Chapel Church.
Mr. Sherry worked 43 years for B & P Railroad before retiring.
He was a member of the FCRV Family Campers and Hikers and the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534 in Punxsutawney.
Monday night, the Jefferson County Geriatric Interest Network conducted a Community Education Night at The Foundry in Reynoldsville for the elderly members of the community.
The purpose of the event was to provide education about elder abuse and ways to prevent it.
The main speaker at the event was Jodi Reitz, protective services supervisor, Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging. Reitz informed those in attendance about the different forms of elder abuse and what her organization does to help those being abused.
The Mahoning Hills Players recently had a great time getting together once again for a skit.
Skits first started at the center under the direction of
friend and center participant Betty Spencer.
Spencer has moved away from this area, but the skits have become an ongoing tradition every chance there is to perform.
The actors had a great time, as did the audience that attended.
James L. "Muggs" Shaffer Jr., 55, Brookville, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born June 2, 1957, in Brookville, a son of the late James Lee Shaffer Sr. and Lois Lucille Wolfe Shaffer.
He worked as an assemblyman for Beverage Air in Brookville. He was an avid outdoorsman.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Deb Campbell of Brookville; a brother, Kevin M. Shaffer (Diane) of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Jenna Roach and Katelynn Shaffer.
Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at
McKinney Funeral Home, Brookville.
Despite the decidedly un-spring-like temperatures, several kids turned out Sunday for the Big Run Betasâ€™ Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Big Run
Veteransâ€™ Park. Here, Hailey Macauley, 8, of Big Run, fills up her smiley-face bucket.
SYKESVILLE â€” Now in its 34th year, the annual Run/Walk for Someone Special is still going strong, and this year, it will take place on April 7 in Sykesville at the Town Hall.
Registration and activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the big event â€” the race â€” to start at 3 p.m.
The event has a long history in Western Pennsylvania. Pat Mowrey, one of the event organizers, said it began about 35 years ago, when his father was on a board in Jefferson County that worked with the mentally disabled.
Out of that board came Camp Friendship, located outside of
(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.)
April 7, 1897
A New Depot
The B. R. & P. Railway company is preparing to make some extensive improvements in town. A fine new passenger depot, built of brick; is to be erected this summer as well as a new freight depot.
Joshua Michael Martino, 19, South Main Street, DuBois, Pa., died Monday, March 18, 2013, in Hawthorne, Nev., as a result of injuries sustained in a military training mission.
Born on May 28, 1993, in DuBois, Pa., he was the son of Karen (Murdock) Perry of DuBois, Pa., and Vincent Martino of Brockway, Pa. They both survive.
He was a 2012 graduate of DuBois Area High School, where he was a member of the track, football and rifle teams.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, Bill Deeley, said it is his fault that Punxsutawney Philâ€™s forecast might have missed the mark this year.
Punxsy Phil, who is the worldâ€™s most famous weather prognosticating groundhog, has been charged with misrepresentation of spring, a felony â€śagainst the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio,â€ť according to Cincinnati prosecutor Mike Gmoser.