Archive - 2014
Jim Grant, secretary of the Jefferson County Fair Authority, has received this year's Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Outstanding Fair Ambassador of the Year Award.
Grant joined the Grange about 60 years ago and was involved with the fair in Sykesville from about 10 years after that.
He has been working with the Jefferson County Fair since its inception and became secretary of its authority in 1994.
William E. White, 87, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
A complete obituary will appear in Thursdayâ€™s edition of The Spirit.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Furlong Funeral Home in Summerville.
Thereâ€™s good news for PAH patients living downtown, as a new location at the Primary Health Network building at 200 Prushnok Drive will provide a second option for those who need to have their blood drawn.
The lab is on the second floor of the building in Suite 201 and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.
It will be open to any patient with a physicianâ€™s order, providing a convenient option for PAH patients on the East End of town.
PUNXSY â€” Despite much discussion at Monday nightâ€™s meeting, Punxsutawney Borough Council did not vote on the proposed resolution to place a traffic light at the five points intersection, as proposed by PennDOT District 10.0 as a part of the Margiotti Bridge reconstruction project.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
William W. Schlemmer, 67, North Huntingdon, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 20, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carl and Olwen James Schlemmer.
Prior to his retirement, Bill was employed by Penn State Tool & Die with more than 40 years of service.
He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Italian Miners and the American Legion.
His most favorite pastime was time he spent with his family.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julie, in 1999.
BANKS TOWNSHIP â€” A Rossiter woman and an Arcadia man were arrested and charged with multiple counts of burglary and criminal tresspass following a weekend crime spree that took place at several locations â€” including churches â€” in Banks Township, Indiana County, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Sunday evening's weather included pounding rain, thunderstorms and even a brief tornado warning for Jefferson County.
But at the end of it all, Spirit reporter Larry McGuire managed to find a rainbow in the sky above Mahoning Street.
(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.)
July 18, 1888
Grand Musical Concert
A grand concert by a company of students from the Pennsylvania Institution for the instruction of the blind, at Philadelphia, will be given in the Baptist Church, at Punxsutawney, on Saturday evening, July 21, 1888.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you have driven around town recently, you may have noticed that many storefronts are decked out in purple.
Purple is a color that represents every form of cancer in terms of raising awareness, and while some of us may not realize it, there are many in our community who have either fought or are currently fighting a form of cancer.
To honor those people, the 10th Annual Relay For Life of Punxsutawney will be held from noon on Saturday, July 19, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Barclay Square.
For event details and times, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
An accident that reportedly took place near the intersection of Union Hill and Central Street led to one patient being airlifted from Shaffer Field in Rossiter on Friday.
Members of the Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company, Jefferson County EMS, STAT MedEvac and Pennsylvania State Police were on scene.
No further details were available at Spirit press time.