Archive - 2013
BELL TOWNSHIP â Windy and dry conditions have prompted a red flag warning for brush fires across the Jefferson County Area.
The National Weather Service says gusty winds, along with humidity levels as low as 20 percent, mean there is a "great potential" for wildfires in the area throughout the day, along with the possibility that any blazes that do start could easily spread.
BIG RUN â First-year frogcaster Jeff London has reported that the tiny peeper frogs began to sing in the Big Run Swamp at 2:10 p.m. on Friday.
London said that was their first look through the ice, and they have two
more to go before spring settles in for good.
London had predicted earlier in the week that it wasn't going to occur until Friday or today.
Up until this year, April 2 was the latest the tiny frogs had peeped, but now, the new longest record is established
as April 5.
Mary Magdelen Felix, 81, Stump Creek, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at DRMC.
She was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Adrian, a daughter of Patsy and Ruby (Sabarich) Bevak.
She married Edward F. Felix, Sr. on June 3, 1951, at St. Adrian Church in DeLancey.
Mary was a graduate of St. Adrian Catholic School.
She worked at BF Goodrich, Rola Jensen in Punxy and Paris Cleaners in DuBois, from where she retired.
She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Sykesville.
Melvin Mitchell, 79, of Brookville, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Mel was born on Oct. 5, 1933, in Punxsutawney, the son of late Mae (Amundson) and Melvin S. Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary (Pattison) Mitchell; his parents; and his brother, Hans Eugene âFritzâ Mitchell.
A 1951 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Mel began his career as an educator at Reynoldsville High School, Punxsutawney High School and Tyrone High School.
The Lady Chucks won their opening game against Bradford in convincing fashion, and the Chucks baseball squad downed the Owl boys' squad to improve to 2-0 on the season.
For the full recap of each story, see Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
A Punxsutawney man was injured late Thursday afternoon after he lost
control of his 1987 Chevy S10 on Summit Road.
The vehicle rolled over on to its roof, causing disabling damage.
The man was transported via ambulance to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, from which he was then flown via helicopter to a trauma center.
McCalmont Township Fire Department and Punxsutawney State Police responded to the scene.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police have released one name and filed charges related to a series of egging incidents that occurred between the dates of Nov. 17 and 18, 2012.
The incidents occurred in McCalmont Township, Young Township, Perry Township, Big Run Borough, Sykesville Borough, Reynoldsville Borough and Punxsutawney Borough in Jefferson County; Canoe Township, Banks Township, Montgomery Township and Burnside Borough in Indiana County; and DuBois City and Sandy Township in Clearfield County.
CLARION â Acclaimed film director Spike Lee delivered a presentation at Clarion University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday as part of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., established to provide the community with thought-provoking and
discussion-starting cultural experiences.
Lee is the award-winning, two-time Oscar-nominated director of such films as âDo the Right Thingâ and âMalcolm X.â He has also worked as a producer, a writer and, occasionally, an actor.
Read the full story in Friday's print edition of The Spirit.
John C. Spiers, Sr., 48, of Punxsutawney, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.
He was born June 21, 1964, in Punxsutawney, the son of James Richard Spiers and Jemima C. (Hill) Spiers.
He enjoyed spending time with his children, fishing and working on vehicles.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Area School Board voted to approve a resolution calling for reform of the Commonwealth's cyber charter school funding formula.
For a full recap of Dr. Keith Wolfe's comments on the resolution, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.