Archive - 2013
Mary Belle Neal, 88, formerly of Rossiter, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.
She was born Nov. 28, 1924, in Butler, Pa.
She was married to Lawrence Neal, who preceded her in death.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by one son, Frank Neal of Rossiter, and one daughter, Laurabelle Minser of Saint Maries, Idaho.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
Bridget Nicholson Sparks, 48, died on Oct. 16, 2013, at Bay Area Medical Center, Corpus Christi, Texas.
She was born on Dec. 14, 1964, in DuBois, a daughter of Polly Hatten Clapsaddle.
She attended DuBois Area High School. She followed the sun, moving to Florida and then to Texas, where she married her husband Douglas Sparks on Feb. 26, 1993. She loved the beach, the sand, the sun and fishing.
BROOKVILLE â€” The sheriff's sale scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson County Sheriff's office for the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney has been postponed again.
Tracy Anderson, real estate deputy, said the mortgage company has once again postponed the sale â€” this time pushing it to 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at the sheriff's office.
The original sale date was scheduled to be Sept. 6.
Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald, Sr., said back in August that the total amount due, including back taxes, was $839,550.13.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” You're never too young to show off your artistic abilities, and for the preschoolers at Creative Garden, LLC., they are doing it for a good cause.
All 30 students have been busy creating works of art, which will be auctioned off on Saturday, Nov. 16, in the gym at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
For a full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Mayor Jim Wehrle vetoed the proposed ordinance that wouldâ€™ve prohibited the use of any and all tobacco products in certain areas that are owned or operated by the borough at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
The Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center recently welcomed Punxsutawney Area Hospital registered nurses Kim Fugate and Valerie Smith to its team.
Both women have joined the center and will be working with children who are victims of abuse.
One of their most recent projects is the donation tree, located at Marion Center Bank in Punxsutawney.
The donation tree makes known donations that are needed for the center, which include bandages, gauze, slippers, diapers, cotton balls, pacifiers and stuffed animals.
Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe (right) is pictured presenting Board Vice President Francis J. Molinaro with his eight-year school board member certificate.
Robert Pascuzzo (not pictured), board member, also received his 16-year certificate.
See Wednesday's edition of The Spirit for an article on how Punxsy students are performing in mandated testing.
You've heard of the "Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field" in Green Bay, Wisc., but on Tuesday night, it was Jack LaMarca Stadium that held the title.
While the Punxsy Chucks' season came to an end two weeks ago, the girls of Punxsutawney Area High School took to the field in whiteout conditions, as the Jailbreak Juniors battled the Scandalous Seniors for the Annual Powder Puff game.
Both teams fought back and forth, but when neither team could score in overtime, the game was called at 14-14.
For the full story, pick up Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.
VFW Post No. 2076 and American Legion Post No. 62 saluted area veterans with Veterans' Day services held at the First Baptist Church in Punxsy.
Pictured are the veterans who were in attendance (front, from left) Gene McKee, Robert Bish, Raymond Depp; (back) Jim Dunlap, L. Eugene (Snuffy) Smith, Robert Lott, Dick Magolis and Paul McMillen.
The residents and staff of Mulberry Square took time out to honor the veterans who reside there on Veterans' Day with an address by State Rep. Sam Smith.
Pictured (front, from left) are Charles Kovatch, Bill Smith and Otto Grube, U.S. Army; Shannon Rimer, U.S. Marines; Clyde Evans, U.S. Army; Macklin Snyder, U.S. Navy; Sam Powers and Roy Bouch, U.S. Army. (back) Harry Gardner, singer; Richard Bianco and Smith.