Archive - 2013
Kenneth C. Reiter Jr., 69, of Reynoldsville passed away at 3:26 a.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home.
Born March 4, 1944, in Punxsutawney, Kenneth was the son of the late Kenneth C. Reiter Sr. and Nola D. Nichols Reiter.
On May 25, 1963, he married Sandra L. Jones Reiter, of Reynoldsville, who survives.
He was a 1962 graduate of Reynoldsville High School and a retired employee of Stockdale Mine Supply in Frostburg, Pa.
Kenneth served with the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Reynoldsville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A solid all-around softball team is always a challenge, but even more so when a team has limited outside and game time before the matchup.
Despite being on its way to being a good softball club, Punxsy could not match the quality Williamsport squad on Saturday and dropped a close game for the majority of the day, 10-1.
â€śThat was a good quality team over there. They have offense with the pitching to go with it,â€ť noted Lady Chucks coach Alan Pifer. â€śI told the girls from the start they had to share the hitting load."
SYKESVILLE â€” One of Jefferson County's first weekends of sunny and temperate spring weather arrived just in time for the 34th Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special event in Sykesville, which raises money each year for The Arc of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties' Camp Friendship program.
This yearâ€™s total was $63,400, including money from a Saturday night Zumbathon and Sunday food sales, raffles, donations and sponser money turned in.
Members of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company are pictured with their brush truck after having extinguished a brush fire with Central Fire Department at 4:02 p.m. Saturday, at 2396 Bair Road in Bell Township.
Earlier, at 12:48 p.m., Central and Elk Run, with assistance from McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company, extinguished a brush fire near the Anita Community Cemetery located in Young Township.
(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 28, 1897
A Day in School
Instead of two hundred there should have been five hundred visitors to the public schools last Friday.
Angelo R. Strano, Jr., 93, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Mulberry Square.
He was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Angelo Strano, Sr., and Josephine (Polito) Strano.
On Aug. 7, 1943, he married Sophia (Moskowski) Strano, who survives.
He passed away on her 90th birthday.
He was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
He was a member of the Walston Club, Eagles, Elks, VFW and the American Legion.
Punxsutawney â€” This past month saw Punxsyâ€™s very own beloved groundhog, Phil, in the spotlight once again. With the harsh winter
dragging on, poor Phil became the target of a frustrated fan.
Though he had a suit tossed at him, he managed to make it through without any charges being pressed â€” with a little help from one of his closest friends, Bill Deeley, president of the Groundhog Club.
That time in the spotlight has garnered Phil a great deal of attention, and now he has a song and music video dedicated in his honor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police continue to search for the suspect in an assault that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m Thursday along North Jefferson Street in Punxsutawney.
Police are searching for a white male, between the age of 20 and 30, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, who was wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans and possibly operating, or a passenger inside of, a gray vehicle with an unknown registration, said Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Tom Fedigan.
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.