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Archive - Jun 2014

June 19th

Raymond Richard Barrineau, 55

June 19, 2014

Raymond Richard Barrineau, 55, of Rochester Mills, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Pittsburgh.

He was born on July 15, 1958, in Audubon, New Jersey, a son of Richard Eugene Barrineau of Jacksonville, Florida, and Henrietta "Honey"(Blankenship) Wolfe and husband Harry of Rochester Mills.

On Nov. 27, 1986, he married Elizabeth Ann Albertson. She survives and resides in Rochester Mills.

Byrtha L. “Byrt” Smathers, 95

June 19, 2014

Byrtha L. “Byrt” Smathers, 95, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.

She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Olie and Gillen (Bastine) Amundson.

She married W. William “Bill” Smathers, on March 22, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994.

She was the first manager of the Mahoning Towers for 23 years and retired from there at the age of 83.

She managed the YMCA and will be remembered for organizing the YAR dances in the early ‘70s.

June 18th

Four injured in three-car East Mahoning accident

June 18, 2014

Four people were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital with unknown injuries following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on East Mahoning Street on Wednesday morning in Punxsutawney, when a red Dodge Dakota was struck by a silver Subaru and a red Peterbilt tractor trailer.

For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.

Alice Mae Zipfel Kahle, 99

June 18, 2014

Alice Mae Zipfel Kahle, 99, a guest at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, formerly of Sigel, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Brookville Hospital.

The daughter of Albert M. Zipfel and Elizabeth Mae Brenneman Ziphel, she was born on June 24, 1914, in Brookville.

In September of 1937 in Strattanville, Pa., she married James Lon Kahle, who preceded her in death in 1976.

June 17th

Punxsy high school’s new fitness center & weight room dedicated at ceremony

June 17, 2014

On Tuesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area High School held the dedication ceremony for the new fitness center and weight room facility.

Members of the Punxsutawney Athletic Foundation (PAF) and the Cook family were on hand as key contributors to the project, and students from Jeff Tech who helped draft the model for the facility were also in attendance.

Mother Nature cooperates just enough for canopy to appear in Barclay Square

June 17, 2014

Volunteers assist with the construction of the famous canopy that will take center stage in Barclay Square for the remainder of the summer.

For the full story - including the schedule of performers for the Groundhog Festival - pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Louise Oberlin, 99

June 17, 2014

Helen “Louise” Oberlin, 99, formerly of Rochester Mills, Pa., died on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.

The daughter of Clair and Ethel (Sebring) Burkett, she was born on Nov. 25, 1914, in Grant Township, Indiana County.

She graduated from Indiana High School in Indiana, in the Class of 1931.

Louise was a member of the Rockbridge Presbyterian Church in Rochester Mills, Pa., where she sang in the choir for many years.

During her younger years, she played the piano, the organ and the violin.

Police warn of scams

June 17, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, issued the following reminder to the public Tuesday:

“Always be aware of criminals who are in a perpetual quest to defraud you of your hard-earned money and assets.

“Troopers are continually gathering intelligence in an attempt to identify current scams so, in turn, the public can be made award of those crimes.

June 16th

Rotary Club contributes to new inflatable boat for Punxsutawney Fire Department

June 16, 2014

The Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive Team launched its new inflatable boat that was purchased by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.

Pictured here is the new boat and the new dive trailer.

Pictured (from left) are Tom Chelgren, George Powers, Bob Fischer and Erin Cameron, Punxsy Rotary Club; Joshua Wachob, Punxsy Fire Department chief; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Department Chief; and Cody Craft, Josh McAfoos, Patrick Meckley and John Joseph of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive and Boat teams.

Voss sworn in by Big Run Mayor; lawn waste ordinance agreed upon

June 16, 2014

Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh (right) is pictured swearing in Cliff Voss, the new Big Run Council member, at Monday's meeting.

Council also discussed a potential ordinance that would fine residents who blow their lawn waste into the streets, which clogs the storm drains.

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

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