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Archive - Mar 2014

Van Stephen Harvey, 64

March 31, 2014

Van Stephen Harvey, 64, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico, with his family.

He was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Barnsboro, Pa., a son of Helen Ferensic Harvey Farmery and the late James Harvey.

On Dec. 8, 1973, he married Kay (Wehry) Harvey, who survives. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

He owned and operated Harvey’s Plumbing and Heating for the past 43 years in the Punxsutawney area.

He was an avid reader and loved history, especially the Civil War era.

Randy Wayne Harp, 56

March 31, 2014

Randy Wayne Harp, 56, of Milford, Del., formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del.

Randy was born in Punxsutawney, the son of Olive (Kiehl) Harp and the late Wayne Harp.

He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School in 1975 and graduated from Clarion State College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree of science in education.

In September of 1980, Randy married the love of his life, Beverly Susan
Hetrick.

35th Annual Run or Walk For Someone Special to be held in Sykesville this weekend

March 31, 2014

It's once again time for the Run or Walk for Someone Special event. The event — which will be the 35th annual installment — will be held on Sunday at the town hall in Sykesville. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the race starting at 3 p.m. A Zumbathon charity event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Sykesville town hall. This year's co-chairs are Erin Cameron and Bill Cuba. Proceeds from both events will benefit The Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield counties.

PSP investigating cause of Indiana Co. fire

March 31, 2014

BANKS TOWNSHIP, INDIANA COUNTY — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Monday that the station is investigating a fire that occurred over the weekend on Spotts Road in Banks Township, Indiana County.

Police said Fred T. Williams’ residence caught fire near the front of the residence at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The structure was totally destroyed, and the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

Damage is estimated at approximately $150,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

March 30th

Terry "Rat" Smith, 65

March 30, 2014

Terry "Rat" Smith, 65, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born April 30, 1948, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Blair and Louise (Henneman) Smith.

He was married to the former Marian Troutman.

He was a truck driver.

He was a member of the Perry Township Fire Department and the Lindsey Fire Company.

He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

William H. “Bill” Neville, 83

March 30, 2014

William H. “Bill” Neville, 83, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Porter Township, Jefferson County, a son of the late Avery and Lola (McDonald) Neville.

On July 2, 1955, he married Patricia Ann (Sprankle) Neville, who preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2007.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Neville was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.

Filled with detours, Bishop's big-league dream just starting to come true

March 30, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Growing up, Punxsy's own Rick Bishop always dreamt of earning his shot in the big leagues of Major League Baseball.

And while a few roadblocks and unexpected turns led him in different directions than planned, Bishop has recently reached that dream in an unexpected way.

Read about Bishop's amazing career in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

HOOPS FOR HOPE FUNDRAISER A SLAM DUNK

March 30, 2014

Hoops for Hope, the Punxsutawney Fire Department vs. Punxsutawney Borough Police Department fundraiser, was held Saturday evening at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center gymnasium to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The police (in blue) won the contest 55-50, but everyone was a winner in contributing to the cause.

Melissa McAfoos, event organizer, said everyone who participated in the event showed their dedication through hard work.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Relay for Life team Betty's Angels.

Way Back When

March 30, 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 11, 1888

Arrested for Stealing an Ox

David Trainor, of Walston, was arrested here last Friday evening by Policeman Kirk Patrick, charged with stealing an ox from Frank Ferringer, who resides near New Maysville, Clarion county.

Police find dog in Smicksburg

March 30, 2014

WEST MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police recovered a large male dog at noon Saturday along Griffith Road in Smicksburg, West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

The dog has no tags or collar and is currently being held at the Indiana County Humane Society.

Anyone missing a dog is asked to call police at 938-0510 to identify it.

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