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Larry Allen Martz, 50

March 24, 2014

Larry Allen Martz, 50, of Mayport, died suddenly on Sunday, March 23, 2014, near Hagarstown, Md., as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 22, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mervin and Shirley (Smith) Martz.

He was married to Penny Marie Meckley on Sept. 25, 1993, in Ringgold.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Local 66 of the Operating Engineers.

Billie Austin Beatty, 92

March 24, 2014

Billie Austin Beatty, 92, of (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 24, 2014.

Mr. Beatty was born June 30, 1921, in (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, a son of the late Willis and Elizabeth (Stigers) Beatty.

Aug. 18, 1944, he married Esther A. (Peace) Beatty in Hallton, Pa.

She preceded him in death Sept. 7, 2001, after 57 years of marriage.

Billie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.

While in the service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooting Medal.

He was also in the CCC, having served at Parker Dam State Park.

Punxsy’s very own little drummer boy — this kid knows how to rock!

March 24, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Some people are born with an enormous amount of talent, and for one local little boy, that talent is music.

Seven-year-old Alex Shumaker has been playing the drums since he was 5 years old.

A self-taught drummer, he has the amazing ability to listen to a song and then perform it on the drums.

Read all about Alex in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

Cressley’s road to her own practice opens doorway to new journey with Samaritan

March 24, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Heidi Cressley's journey to serving the community she lives in through counseling its members saw its beginnings in two things: the gentle nudging from others that she'd be good at it and the fact that a mental health issue had played a role in her family's history.

Now, as an independent counselor with her own practice — operating out of an office located in the First Church of God in Punxsutawney and through Sewickley-based Samaritan Counseling Center — Cressley can put her gifts to use serving those in need of help with their own
mental health issues.

BBBS Bowl For Kids’ Sake in Punxsy throws a strike!

March 24, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, Jefferson County Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted the annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake event at Groundhog Lanes in Punxsutawney.

Top fundraisers for the event also posed for a picture (from left): Jill Martin-Rend, third-highest fundraiser, $155; Betty Peffer, second-highest fundraiser, $160; and Cody Warnick, top fundraiser, $470.

Lots of bowlers came out to support the cause, and some of them (top photo) even paused to pose for a photo.

For a full story recapping the event, see Wednesday’s edition of The Spirit.

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