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December 5th

Sara Abram, 78

December 5, 2013

Sara Abram, 78, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Mulberry Square Elder Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Abram was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Brockway, the only daughter of the late James R. and Vaughn R. (Robinson) Marshall.

Sara was a long-time resident at Lane Avenue Care Home.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney, where a service will be held at noon with Joeseph Buterbaugh officiating.

Private interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Brockway.

Mary Margaret Paris, 58

December 5, 2013

Mary Margaret Paris, 58, of Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born May 20, 1955, a daughter of the late Raymond Edwin Long Sr. and Irene Catherine (Felisky) Long.

Mary was the wife of James C. Paris, and they had 29 great years together.

She enjoyed flower gardening and working around her home.

Mary worked as a housekeeper, in which she took much pride.

Through her care and dedication to her work, many of her customers also became her friends.

December 4th

Newly organized board discusses stadium condition

December 4, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A new member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board said at Tuesday's meeting that the board needs to look at some improvements to be made to Jack LaMarca Stadium.

Dr. Frank Bizousky, board member, said that everything at the site dates back to the 1960s.

"I think this is kind of an embarrassment; there are many people who accompany the visiting team to our games and see the condition it is in," Bizousky said, adding that he's hearing about fund balances and capital improvement funds and asked if some of that money should be invested in the stadium.

Limited-edition Punxsy ornament available now through the chamber

December 4, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Since many people will be putting up their Christmas trees this week, it’s time to start thinking about ornaments.

If you are a collector of ornaments and you want to purchase a special one this year, you might want to check out the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce.

For a full story about the ornament, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

December 3rd

School board reorganizes; Pascuzzo elected president

December 3, 2013

The Punxsutawney Area School Board held its reorganization meeting on Tuesday.

Pictured here is the new board (front, from left): Rachel Spack, student board member; Jack White, board member; Robert Pascuzzo, board president; Francis J. Molinaro, board vice president; Ed McGinnis, board member; (back) Dr. Keith Wolfe, district superintendent; Penny Pifer, board member; Susan H. Robertson, board secretary and district business manager; Melissa Snyder, James Baun, James Scarantine and Dr. Frank Bizousky, board members; and David L. Young, board solicitor.

Keeping pets warm, safe in winter weather more than a recommendation

December 3, 2013

With winter now upon us, it required under Pennsylvania Law to have a proper shelter for both dogs and cats.

Pictured is Tractor Supply Co. employee Tara Neill with Flurry.

To find out the best way to protect your pet from inclement weather, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

PAHGS presentation reveals local ties in Civil War

December 3, 2013

Jim Cassidy, a Civil War re-enactor, is pictured dressed in a Union Captain's uniform.

Cassidy recently spoke to members of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society about the soldiers from Jefferson County who had a huge effect on the outcome of Civil War.

For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Patrick Allen Reitz, Sr., 67

December 3, 2013

Patrick Allen Reitz, Sr., 67, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born June 17, 1946, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Irvin and Ruth (Buck) Reitz.

He was married to the former Linda Stewart, who survives.

He was employed as a welder in the construction industry.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; one son, Patrick "Allen" Reitz, Jr. and wife Patti; and by one daughter, Raquel McConnaughey and husband Mike; and by four grandchildren, Jesse Reitz, Brendon Reitz, Shelby Gray and Sydney McConnaughey.

Faye Eileen Stormer, 69

December 3, 2013

Faye Eileen Stormer, 69, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at home.

She was born Aug. 10, 1944, at Lake Linden, Mich., a daughter of the late Rev. Ernest Hugo and Elma "Marie" (Halkola) Nelson.

On July 17, 1965, she married Jerry Dean Stormer, who survives.

She was a secretary for the Soil Conservation, FAA and Assembly of God Church for more than 25 years.

Faye was also a Sunday School teacher, Missionette leader and a member of Women's Ministries for many years.

She last attended Tri-County Church in DuBois.  

December 2nd

Buck season opens with a bang

December 2, 2013

Willie Hoover, 13, of Punxsutawney, nabbed this 8-point buck with a 17.5-inch spread in McCalmont Township at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

For the full story and more buck photos, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

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