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May 19th

Irene Pearce, 83

May 19, 2014

Irene Pearce, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at AM-PM Personal Care Home in Adrian.

She was born Jan. 17, 1931, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Clair and Clara (Powell) Martz.

She married Clyde R. Evans, who preceded her in death.

She then married Harold R. Pearce, who died April 25, 2014.

She was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.

May 18th

Three die in Indiana fire

May 18, 2014

INDIANA — Three Indiana residents died following a mobile home fire that broke out early Sunday morning at 105 Keystone Dr., according to Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr.

Shawn Marsh, 28, Nicole Novak, 27, and Gabbriella Novak, 9, all lived in the Indiana mobile home and all perished in the fire, according to a release issued by Overman.

The coroner pronounced the victims dead at the scene at 5:08 a.m. Sunday.

The cause and manner of death for all three are pending autopsies, which are scheduled for today at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

CELEBRATING 100th ANNIVERSARY

May 18, 2014

The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center on Sunday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building that houses it.

Originally completed in 1914 as a post office, the building was abandoned for several years, then purchased by a group of concerned citizens who developed it into the remarkable education center that it is today.

Current Postmaster General for Punxsutawney John McBee (right) and current Postmaster General for Anita Maragaret Hudock pose alongside a display in the Weather Discovery Center's lobby that commemorates the building's original purpose as a post office.

Way Back When

May 18, 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
May 30, 1888

The Storm
A terrific wind storm passed over this place last Monday afternoon about 3 o'clock, frightening the inhabitants out of their wits and destroying a good deal of property.

The roof was blown off the tripple at Horatio mines, killing a mule.
A portion of the roof of Hon. J.U. Gillespie's barn in Claysville, was carried off.

Clyde Raymond Evans, 83

May 18, 2014

Clyde Raymond Evans, 92, of Brookville, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney.

He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Wayne Boyd and Eva (Burkett) Evans.

Mr. Evans was a United States Army Veteran, having served during World War II.

He worked for TW Phillips for more than 30 years.

On June 21, 1981, he married Helen Louise Snyder. She survives and resides in Brookville.

His enjoyments were gardening, refurbishing old cars and welding. He also enjoyed football and baseball.

Judy Lundy, 71

May 18, 2014

Judy Lundy, 71, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2014, in Warren, with her family by her side.

She was born on Feb. 1, 1943, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Paul and Mary London.

Judy graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1961 and would go on to work for Lakeview Local Schools, where she was the secretary at Cortland Elementary.

She retired with more than 30 years of service to her community in 2009.

In her free time, Judy enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, knitting, reading, walking her dog, Molly, and watching sports on TV.

Kathryn Virginia Humble, 84

May 18, 2014

Kathryn Virginia Humble, 84, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 28, 1929, in (MacGregor) Dayton, a daughter of the
late John William and Mary Violet (Hinderliter) Beck.

On May 1, 1944, she married John Jay Humble. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1990.

Mrs. Humble was a member of the Grange Church of God.

She enjoyed going to church, being with family, yard sales and watching “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons.”

May 16th

Girl Scouts Troop No. 20328 gets may Garden of the Month nod

May 16, 2014

Everything is coming up tulips and daffodils, as Punxsutawney Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 offered a helping hand last fall to the Punxsutawney Garden Club in planting bulbs at the Margiotti Bridge garden.

The garden was chosen as the May Garden of the Month.

Pictured (from left) are Libby Hoover, Margiotti Bridge Garden chair; Susan Lefcowitz, committee member; Meredith Brooks, Riley Franklin, Emma
Brotherton, and Elizabeth Tracy, Girl Scout Junior Troop No. 20328; Elizabeth Penland, committee member; and Tracy Fleming, Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 20328 leader.

‘Band against bullying and drugs’ event concludes at PAMS

May 16, 2014

Sixth-grade students at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS) are pictured during a week-long slate of anti-bullying and anti-drugs programs called "Band Against Bullying and Drugs," which is shown on their T-shirts.

Members of the Key Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) spoke with students from PAMS about alternatives to drug use.

Agnes L. "Babe" Perry, 81

May 16, 2014

Agnes L. Perry, 81, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.

Mrs. Perry was born July 22, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Walter T. Smouse, Sr. and Agnes (Rankin) Smouse.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Richard C. Perry.

Agnes was a member of the Albion United Methodist Church.

She and her husband, Richard, were the founders of Perry Drilling Co. of Frostburg.

She loved gardening and having Sunday dinner with her family.

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