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Archive - Mar 2014

March 24th

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.

March 23rd

Dennis B. Keck, 66

March 23, 2014

Dennis B. Keck, 66, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

He was born July 9, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Alfred E. and Helen L. Keck.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 as a PFC.

He received many medals and a Purple Heart during his years of service.

He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney and also worked for the Baltimore Life Insurance Company.

He was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.

He enjoyed antiquing, fishing, golf and sports.

Andrew Kay Reitz, 84

March 23, 2014

A. Kay Reitz, 84, of Mayport, died Thursday March 20, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Corbettown, Pa., he was the son of the late Mervin C. and Valera Painter Reitz.

Kay married Verna A. Minich Smathers on June 30, 1971. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2009.

He was self employed as a dairy farmer.

Kay belonged to many farm-related organizations. His hobby was restoring antique tractors.

He belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ohl.

Mary C. Painter, 83

March 23, 2014

Mary C. Painter, 83, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Starford, Pa., a daughter of the late Carl F. and Scharlotte (Tucker) Stamler.

On Aug. 31, 1949, she married Theodore Wayne Painter in Maryland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 2004.

She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Rossiter.

She enjoyed crocheting, church, church meetings, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Coal truck overturns on Route 210

March 23, 2014

This tri-axle dump truck driven by a Punxsutawney man ended up in a ditch when a tire blew while traveling on Route 210 in North Mahoning Township in Indiana County on Saturday.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

WWII veteran Hurd to return to Normandy in June

March 23, 2014

VFW Post 9044 Quartermaster Bob Lott (left) and Post Commander Jim Pallone (right) present a check to Big Run VFW Post Surgeon Wally Hurd to help with his expenses in returning to Normandy this June on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Way Back When

March 23, 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
April 4, 1888

A New Industry
Messrs. O. P. Galer, and W. C. Langsford, of Osceola, recently purchased a piece of ground from M. J. Dinsmore and O. H. Nordstrom, on the South Side, for the purpose of erecting an establishment for the manufacture of mining tools and cars.

March 21st

Violet Jean (Foltz) Skinner, 83

March 21, 2014

Violet Jean (Foltz) Skinner, 83, Home, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

The daughter of Homer T. and Kathleen (Hamilton) Foltz, she was born Feb. 17, 1931, in East Mahoning Township.

Violet was a 1951 graduate of Marion Center High School.

She was a homemaker and charter member of the Faith Orthodox
Presbyterian Church.

Violet will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and for the kind and gentle spirit shown by the
love for her family.

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