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Archive - Mar 9, 2014

It’s that time of year - the Big Run Peeper Banquet is almost here!

March 9, 2014

BIG RUN — We've had Punxsy Phil tell us that it is going to be a long winter. The Old Farmer's Almanac said the same thing, as did all of the weather gurus from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather — but how about the Big Run Peepers?

The little frogs that are barely the size of your fingernail are sticking with the popular forecast of a long winter, and they will peep on April 8, according to the Big Run Peeper watcher Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet.

Way Back When

March 9, 2014

(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.)

Local Intelligence
March 14, 1888

Cheap Excursion Rates
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh railway have arranged for a series of cheap excursions to all principal lane points in Iowa, Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico.

Mary L. Coon, 77

March 9, 2014

Mary L. Coon, 77, of Smicksburg, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Coon was born June 26, 1936, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert T. and Zelda (Kaufman) Schrecongost.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Coon.

Mary was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church in Marion Center.

She enjoyed bowling, reading, spending time with her family and her grandpuppy “Cookie.”

She is survived by one son, Tom Coon and wife Leslie of Rochester Mills;

Martha Lucille “Lucy” Stephanic, 82

March 9, 2014

Martha Lucille “Lucy” Stephanic, 82, of Rochester Mills, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jackson Township, a daughter of the late Raymond U. and Violet M. Schrack.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stephanic, who passed away in 1997; a brother, Raymond G. Schrack; and sisters Elizabeth Stephens and Evelyn “Peep” Clouser.

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