Archive - 2013
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.
The Punxsutawney Fire Department will hold its second-annual Gun Raffle on Saturday, April 27, at the National Guard Armory on North Findley Street in Punxsutawney.
Tickets are available from local firefighters, including (from left): Ben Bishop, president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Gun Raffle Committee; Tony Runco, vice president of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Gun Raffle Committee; and Courtney Cole, treasurer of the Punxsutawney Fire Department Gun Raffle Committee.
Six residents from the Crystal Waters Personal Care Home recently celebrated with a small graduation ceremony.
The residents recently completed the PEER program (Pennsylvania's Empowered Expert Residents), which provides training to residents of long-term facilities.
These residents have been trained to become advocates who will help to improve the environment for their fellow residents.
Thomas Joseph Hudock, 88, of Indiana, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Bethany Place Residential Care Home in Indiana, Pa.
He was born in Anita, Pa., on March 8, 1925, and was the son of the late Michael and Anna Mary (Petrick) Hudock.
He attended grade school in Anita and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in May 1943.
In September 1943, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force.
During the Second World War, he served as a radio operator and gunner on B-17s with the 18th Air Force and also on B-29s with the 5th Air Force Division in Saipan.