November 10th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The residents of a house on Pine Street in Punxsutawney barely escaped with their lives when their house was completely destroyed by a quickly spreading structure fire at 7:28 a.m. on Saturday.
Bryan Smith, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief, said when firefighters from Central, Lindsey and Elk Run arrived on scene at the home owned by Kimberly L. Stormer, 41, at 331 Pine St., it was fully involved with flames and heavy smoke showing.
(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.)
November 3, 1897
The Waverly Hotel
The Waverly Hotel is being remodeled and enlarged, and when these improvements are completed will be of the most commodious hotels in town.
Saturday, Community Action, Inc., held a kickoff event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign at Femco Machine, the location of the gingerbread house.
As the official drop-off site, the gingerbread house was visited by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who gave treats to visiting children.
Hot dogs, cookies, cocoa and coffee was available to those who stopped by.
Rev. Thoburn R. R. â€śPreachâ€ť Stull, 95, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
He was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Leechburg, Pa., the son of Edward Stull and Mary (Barnett) Stull.
Over the years, Rev. Stull served as Pastor of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church of Wayne Township, Armstrong County, Pa., from 1943 to 1971; the Bailey Avenue Presbyterian Church of Mt. Washington,
Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1971 to 1978; Cape May Presbyterian Church in New Jersey from 1979 to 1987; and he continued to be the Kiskiminetas Presbytery supply Pastor from 1987 through 2010.
Four fire companies battled a fully involved house fire at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday on Pine Street in Punxsutawney. Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Punxsutawney Mayor Jim Wehrle (third from left) presents a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Native Americans throughout the history of Punxsutawney.
Pictured (from left) are Santana Olp, DAR recording secretary; Connie Mateer, DAR Native American chairperson; Wehrle; and Joan Miller Olp, DAR regent.
The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center recently held a special ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor and memory of former Punxsutawney mayor, the late John Hallman, whose handprints were all over the planning and coming about of the center as it was.
Members of the centerâ€™s Board of Directors and Hallmanâ€™s family members were on hand, as well.
Pictured (from left) are Jack Lingenfelter, board member; Garry Hallman and Marcia Botelho, Johnâ€™s children; Nancy Hallman, Johnâ€™s wife; Janet Geer, Dennis Hallman and David Hallman, Johnâ€™s children; and Howard Beezer, board member.
Alice Ruth Haney, 92, of Maumee, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Elizabeth Scott Community.
She was born on June 21, 1921, in Punxsutawney, to George and Alice (Huff) Bowersox.
Ruth was the past Madam President of the Maumee Eagles Auxiliary Lodge
2562, a member of the Maumee American Legion Post 320, a member of the Punxsutawney Elks Lodge 301 and a member of the Red Hat Society.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Giving 41 years of one's life to anything these days stands out as a great achievement, and one local man â€” Punxsutawney's own Master Sgt. Bill Foster â€” recently retired after dedicating just more than 41 years of service to the military and the local community through his involvement in the Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is one in a series of â€śFamiliar Faces Fridayâ€ť 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. Todayâ€™s familiar face is Colleen Schott.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Colleen Schott is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as a kindhearted volunteer who has rung the bell for the Salvation Army.
Though she may not work right in town, she certainly makes an impact on the lives of those who need guidance.