Archive - 2014
EuGene Donald Ferra, 94, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carmen and Carmella (Cappella) Ferra.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Josephine E. (Longo) Ferra.
On July 9, 1955, he married the former Marjorie Anderson, who survives.
Mr. Ferra was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, being in Co. K â 76th Infantry Division.
He fought in France, Luxembourg and Germany, where he was wounded.
DUBOIS â At approximately 11:24 p.m. July 10, the DuBois City Police were contacted in reference to a missing female.
Family members advised police that Heather Marie Irwin, a 20-year-old female, left her residence at 10 a.m. July 10.
They advised police that it was not normal for her to leave the residence and not come home or at least contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the DuBois City Police at 814-765-1533
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Todayâs familiar face is Tom Berryhill.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
After a bit of a break for the festivities associated with the Groundhog Festival, Punxsyâs Music in the Park program returned to Barclay Square on Thursday evening.
The weather was perfect, and those in attendance were serenaded by The Avenue, a band that played all sorts of rock classics from the â70s, â80s and â90s.
CANOE TOWNSHIP â Punxsutawney-based Pa. State Police are searching for information regarding a cruelty to animals case that led to a missing cat being put to sleep.
Sometime between June 28 and July 2, the cat went missing from Central Street in Canoe Township, Indiana County.
July 2, the cat returned to its owner with a noticeable limp, and a hole was discovered near the cat's limb.
Upon further investigation by a veterinarian, it was determined that the cat was shot with a small-caliber firearm.
Due to extensive internal injuries, the cat had to be put to sleep, police said.
Vivian C. (McCullough) Faser, 76, of Blairsville, Pa., died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, Pa.
Vivian was born on Feb. 16, 1938, in Nanty Glo, Pa., the daughter of James McCullough and Olive (Drew) Hetrick.
The 2014 edition of music in the park continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight with the local rock band The Avenue. Snacks and drinks will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.
HARRISBURG â Pennsylvania State House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) has issued the following statement upon receiving the âLegislator Leadership Awardâ from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) on Wednesday.
âI want to convey my sincere appreciation to the PACD for this distinguished award. My interactions with the Jefferson County Conservation District span many decades, and Iâve always been grateful for the open lines of communication and the positive and productive relationships weâve shared.
Lawrence âAmosâ Ray Gaston, 78, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 27, 1936, in Montgomery Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Boyd Ray and Sarah Henrietta (White) Gaston.
Mr. Gaston was a United States Army veteran who dutifully served his country.
On May 16, 1959, he married the former Gladys Evelyn Milliron. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2014.
Amos was a devoted husband and lovingly cared for his wife during her illness, in spite of his own health issues.
At long last, construction began on Tuesday on the property where the Punxsy Hotel was located on North Findley Street before it was destroyed by fire.
Pictured is a worker from Yates Excavation digging up the dirt and old cement pads to make way for the new sports bar that is to be constructed on that site.
For the full story â including details on when the bar is scheduled to open â pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.