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March 10th

Big Brothers Big Sisters gathers support through Brookville dinner

March 10, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters recently held a dinner at the Heritage House in Brookville, inviting prominent figures in the local community to raise support for the program.

Pictured (from left) are: Eli Harris with Big Brother Rick Tote, Estella Kay Hughes with Big Sister Carol Schuckers, Jefferson County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin, local Big Brothers Big Sisters program coordinator Heidi Stahlnecker and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.

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

Michael Matthew Burba, 92

March 10, 2014

Michael Matthew Burba, 92, of Arcadia, Pa., died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.

The son of the late Joseph and Stefkia (Sadowniczak) Burba, he was born on Sept. 29, 1921, in Arcadia, in the same home where he resided all of his life.

Mike was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and attended the Glen Campbell parish site.

David G. “Chip” Wonderling, 63

March 10, 2014

David G. “Chip” Wonderling, 63, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Brookville Hospital.

He was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Brookville, a son of the late Gerald David and Helen (Espy) Wonderling.

On July 9, 1971, he married the former Rosemary Battaglia. She survives.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

“Chip” retired in 2001 after 31 years as a foreman for Brockway Glass.

After retirement, Chip was also the driver for the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center.

Doree H. Long, 86

March 10, 2014

Doree H. Long, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Coolspring, Pa., the daughter of the late David R. and Florence (Lingenfelter) Hetrick.

She graduated third in her class from Punxsutawney High School in 1945.

She married John E. (Jack) Long of Punxsutawney on June 18, 1951.

She worked as a legal secretary for Jesse P. Long, Attorney at Law, for 59 years before her retirement.

James Edward Gearhart, 87

March 10, 2014

James Edward Gearhart, 87, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.

He was born April 13, 1926, in Luthersburg, a son of the late Samuel and Mary (Alsbaugh) Gearhart.

Mr. Gearhart was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II.

He previously worked in assembly for General Motors, drove piggyback trucks and drove horses across the U.S.

He enjoyed bowling, going tobogganing and being with his family.

Elizabeth M. McGlumphy, 84

March 10, 2014

Elizabeth M. McGlumphy, 84, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at her home.

Mrs. McGlumphy was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Sevistock) Wanchick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. McGlumphy.

Elizabeth was Byzantine by faith.

She loved gardening and time with her family.

She is survived by a son, William J. McGlumphy and wife Melissa of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Adam Dotts and wife Brittany and Tyler Dotts; and one great-grandchild, Coy Dotts.

March 9th

It’s that time of year - the Big Run Peeper Banquet is almost here!

March 9, 2014

BIG RUN — We've had Punxsy Phil tell us that it is going to be a long winter. The Old Farmer's Almanac said the same thing, as did all of the weather gurus from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather — but how about the Big Run Peepers?

The little frogs that are barely the size of your fingernail are sticking with the popular forecast of a long winter, and they will peep on April 8, according to the Big Run Peeper watcher Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet.

Way Back When

March 9, 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
March 14, 1888

Cheap Excursion Rates
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh railway have arranged for a series of cheap excursions to all principal lane points in Iowa, Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico.

Mary L. Coon, 77

March 9, 2014

Mary L. Coon, 77, of Smicksburg, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Coon was born June 26, 1936, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert T. and Zelda (Kaufman) Schrecongost.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Coon.

Mary was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church in Marion Center.

She enjoyed bowling, reading, spending time with her family and her grandpuppy “Cookie.”

She is survived by one son, Tom Coon and wife Leslie of Rochester Mills;

Martha Lucille “Lucy” Stephanic, 82

March 9, 2014

Martha Lucille “Lucy” Stephanic, 82, of Rochester Mills, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jackson Township, a daughter of the late Raymond U. and Violet M. Schrack.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stephanic, who passed away in 1997; a brother, Raymond G. Schrack; and sisters Elizabeth Stephens and Evelyn “Peep” Clouser.

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