Archive - 2013
The king of rockânâroll was back on Friday night, at The Foundry in Reynoldsville. The Foundry was home to âTribute to Elvis, with Bugs Bayerâ for the evening.
Bayer performed a number of old Elvis classics including "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Burning Love."
The proceeds from the event benefited The Foundry and the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Budget cuts will prevent Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police from assisting Punxsutawney Borough Police with Groundhog Day security.
"We've had a number of meetings about this, and state police will not be able to provide manpower for the Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2 security detail this year," said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan at Monday's Punxsutawney Borough Council Public Safety committee meeting.
"It's quite a hardship to fill 20 to 30 spots that have been manned by state police troopers," he said.
It's again time for the "Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog" contest, which benefits the Weather Discovery Center.
All kindergarten children attending Punxsutawney Area schools, SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Christian School are eligible. Submit a photo (no larger than 5" x 7") with the child's name, age, address and phone number on the back by Thursday, Jan. 17.
Voting will run from Saturday, Jan. 19, until Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Stop in the Weather Center to place your vote for $1 each, or call 814-938-1000 with your credit card to vote.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â With the cold winter months upon us, many like to sit down with a good book and catch up on some reading.
Those at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library are keeping warm and staying busy by offering some new and exciting programs this winter for both kids and adults.
Starting Jan. 8, the library will begin offering not only literacy classes but also the Winter Reading Program known as the Tentative-Elementary Fun Program.
The Winter Reading Program is for kids in grades K-6 and will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, beginning the week after Groundhog Day.
M. Maxine Novak, 78, Punxsutawney, formerly of Wenonah, N.J., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born on July 13, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Earl and Nellie (Hobba) Payne.
She was married to Victor S. Novak, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Novak was an avid bowler, donated to many charities and loved entertaining and spending time with her family.
She was retired from the Bell Telephone company.
Barbara A. (Lightner) Sturgeon, 67, of Curwensville, formerly of Mahaffey, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Clearfield Hospital.
Ms. Sturgeon was born Oct. 17, 1945, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late John F. Lightner and Hilda (Fleming) Lightner.
Barbara was the last surviving member of her family.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and will be missed by many friends.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It was a celebration â albeit a small one â as the first anniversary of the opening of Grace Place Apartments at the corner of Pine and North Gilpin streets took place Friday.
The income-based apartment complex officially opened for business Dec. 16, 2011, as the ribbon was cut by a host of dignitaries on that cold December day.
(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.)
January 13, 1897
An Explosion of Powder
An explosion of fifty pounds of powder and several sticks of dynamite, which had been placed near a fire to thaw out, yesterday morning at the new glass works cite at DuBois, seriously injured Abraham Horn, a laborer, aged fifty, and also knocked down and hurt three other men who were working close by.
The Punxsy/S.S.C.D 5th-grade girls' basketball team claimed the eight-team Indiana Tournament championship over the Dec. 27-29 weekend.
The squad, which has a 20-0 season record, went undefeated and stormed past Penns Manor, 30-4, in the championship contest.
The Punxsy team members are (front row) Laney Monroe; (second row, from left) Abby Gigliotti, Taegan Ludwig, Kyrie Nestle, Makena Nesbitt; (third row) Katelyn Griebel, Allison Doverspike, Grace Hall, Elizabeth Stello; (back row) coach Brad Gigliotti and coach Robb Nesbitt.
The Punxsy/S.S.C.D 6th-grade girls' basketball team made a strong showing but fell just short of prevailing in the Indiana Tournament last weekend.
Blairsville took the title over a battle worn Punxsy team, which was playing its sixth game of the day.
The team was comprised of (front row, from left) Kassidy Graham, Kate Horner, Magen Ray, Emily Griebel; (back row) coach Julie Horner, Cassidy Reed, Bailey Jones, Kylee Shoemaker, Abby Gemmell and coach Steve Greibel.