Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There may be no free lunches, but there are free dinners at the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney.
The Rev. Brett Swanson, church pastor, said the churchâ€™s congregation has committed to holding a free meal that is open to everyone the first Tuesday of every month.
This Tuesday's free dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m., and everyone is asked to enter the church from the South Findley Street entrance, which is handicap accessible.
For more information, call 502-439-3861.
For the full story, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Gayle L. Stewart, 72, of Lebanon, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Born in Mahaffey, Pa., on Aug. 24, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Dr. David Edgar and Eunice (Smith) Miller.
She was a motorcycle enthusiast and an avid football fan.
She was proud to be an alumni of Penn State University, where she earned her masterâ€™s degree in parks and recreation.
Mary L. Peace, 78, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Tionesta, Pa., and Conneaut Lake, Pa., died on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, surrounded by family at her home in Punxsutawney.
She was born on July 6, 1935, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Clark and Iola (Hayes) Gould.
On Jan. 1, 1955, in Rossiter, she married John â€śJayâ€ť Peace, who died on June 27, 1998.
She was employed by Alltel Corp in the Customer Service Dept. until retiring in 1996.
Sharon E. Jewell, 56, of Dayton, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, following a nearly three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born on July 27, 1957, in Punxsutawney, and was the daughter of Melvin and Shelvia (Good) Troup.
She was married on Aug. 2, 1980, to Richard E. Jewell, and he survives.
Sharon was a homemaker in the true sense of the word.
She was selfless and kind, always taking care of her family and giving and doing for others.
She was a member of the Oakland Church of God in Distant.
The 2013 Home for the Holidays Parade delighted young and old alike Saturday evening with some spectacular floats and performers.
This yearâ€™s parade was sponsored by Punxsutawney Eagles Club, and the Walston Club sponsored the fireworks that followed.
After the parade, Santa visited with children at the Eagles, where the parade winners were announced.
For more photos and a full list of winners, see 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.)
November 17, 1897
The New Church at Anita
On Saturday night, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club held its annual announcement ceremony for the winners of the Circle of Trees in Barclay Square following the Home for the Holidays Parade.
Since 2007, local organizations have decked out their Christmas trees, and the Rotary Club â€” along with the program's sponsors â€” have aided those organizations with cash prizes for their participation.
"Christmas Around the World" was the 2013 theme, showcasing visual and artistic representations of different Christmas traditions in other countries.
This year's annual Home for the Holidays Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
It will begin at the Punxy Plaza and march to Barclay Square.
PUNXSUTAWNEY ÂÂâ€” Christmas has been described as a "magical" time of year,
and if you're looking to capture some of that magic, you might want to take in a performance of the Living Christmas Tree (LCT) at the First Church of God (FCOG) in Punxsutawney.
Free tickets will be available beginning Monday for this year's edition of the Living Christmas Tree at the church, located at 23 Skyview Drive.
For ticket details and performance times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Have you started your Christmas shopping as of yet? Even if you have, then you might want to add some more names to your list
from Mulberry Square in Punxsy.
Vickie Amundson, Mulberry Square activities director, said they are holding a Christmas party on Dec. 23, and Santa Claus will be coming to bring gifts to all of the residents.
"We're looking for the community to purchase gifts for Santa to give to the residents so that everybody has one," Amundson said, adding that for this party, the gifts will all come from the community.