Archive - 2013
Rainbow Express Nursery School is celebrating its 30th year this year, and at a recent ceremony â€” concluding last school yearâ€™s program â€” retiring teacher Ruth McNeil (right) was recognized for 22 years of service and given a quilt made of past T-shirts from Rainbow Express.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
VALIER â€” The Punxsutawney Rails-to-Trails Association will be holding its 2nd Annual Mahoning Shadow Trail Family Fun and Picnic Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and will be held at the Fordham Trailhead Pavilion in Valier.
Susan Wolfe, secretary of the Rails-to-Trails Association, said that this will be the perfect event for some family fun.
"We thought this particular weekend would be good because a lot of families will be back from vacation, and this is a chance for families to have one last good time before school starts up," said Wolfe.
Diane Robinson Baughman, of Westwood, Mass., formerly of Osterville and Needham, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, just one week shy of her 92nd birthday.
Dianeâ€™s husband, Harry W. Baughman, passed away in 2002.
It's bloodmobile time in Punxsutawney from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the SS.C.D. cafeteria at 2095 Chestnut St. in Punxsy.
The bloodmobile is sponsored by the Punxsy American Legion Post and VFW.
Pat Rougeux, Red Cross volunteer, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 62 secretary and VFW Post No. 2076 auxiliary chaplain said that all blood types are urgently needed, and walk-ins are welcome.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A fire that broke out early Sunday morning caused heavy smoke and water damage at a three-story house located at 211 Pine St.
"All three Punxsutawney Fire Companies â€” Central, Elk Run and Lindsey â€” were called to the house at 2:04 a.m. Sunday, when the next-door neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking and saw that a second-floor bedroom appeared to be on fire,â€ť said Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
July 14, 1897
Royal Arcanum Picnic
Remember the Royal Arcanum picnic at Clearfield, Pa., July 22nd.
Catherine Fidella Martz, 80, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
She was born to the late Clair and Meda (Shaffer)Martz of Ringgold Township.
She was the sister to the late Glenn, late Dean, late Gene (Abe) and late Mary Lou Martz.
She is survived by sisters-in-law Mrs. Glenn Martz (Marie Schmale), Mrs. Dean Martz (Margaret Michael) and Mrs. Gene Martz (Nell Van Cott).
Denny Walter Lee Young, 74, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Christ the King Manor.
He was born Nov. 25, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Franklin and Florence (Weaver) Young.
On Oct. 1, 1963, he married Monika Sparks. She survives.
He was a member of Punxsutawney Eagles.
Denny enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching wrestling.
He used to really enjoy putting off fireworks for his dog "Dufus," who liked the fireworks more than the kids did.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is a place outside of town where animals that are unwanted, unloved or disabled are welcome to live. That place is the Godot Animal Sanctuary, and today, the sanctuary will be accepting an award from the Tri-County Animal Rescue Center.
The sanctuary was started 22 years ago by Lana Laughbaum, who, after years of working and living in New York City, felt a calling to help animals.
Laughbaum lives right on the property, where she purchased what started out as an old farm and turned it into a sanctuary.
The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. held a History Day Camp Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 at the Lattimer House.
The event was held for children ages 6-12, and this yearâ€™s theme was "Punxsutawney's Military, Public and Community Service History."
The children learned about different uniforms and patches, visited places such as the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and also welcomed a visit from Jefferson County Sheriff Carl Gotwald and his service dog, Brett.
Pictured here are (from left) Emily Wisneski, Nick Wisneski, Grant Miller,