November 5th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Members of the Punxsutawney Area School Board disagreed over a proposed contract extension for Susan H. Robertson, the district business administrator, at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Robert Ellenberger, 63, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 11, 1950, in Waynesburg, a son of Percy and Betty Ann (Hathaway) Ellenberger.
He was a member of the Albion United Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, traveling, family and his dog
He was a former member of the IUP Board, Punxsutawney Hospital Board and the Rotary.
He was the manager of the First Commonwealth Bank in Punxsutawney and retired from there in 2006.
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The gingerbread house is open and ready for this Saturdayâs kickoff event for the annual U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" campaign in Jefferson County.
Pictured in front of the Femco Machine gingerbread house (from left) are Janeen Love, Community Action, Inc., Senior Corps-RSVP project director; Kyle Lowry of Femco Machine, Inc.; and Lori Richardson, sales and marketing director for Femco Machine in Punxsy.
For details, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Alfred P. âAlâ Barletta, 85, formerly of Soldier, Pa., passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in South Carolina, at his daughterâs house where he made his home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 28, 1928, in Soldier, the son of Dominic and Caroline (Longo) Barletta.
He married Lois (Deemer) Barletta, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Barletta was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He enjoyed crossword and Sudoku puzzles and baking.
Kenneth K. Cielo, 78, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, after a long and courageous battle with COPD.
Mr. Cielo was born on May 1, 1935, in Vandergrift, Pa., the son of the late Hazel M. Cielo and Kelly R. Cielo.
Ken attended Brookville and Punxsutawney high schools.
He joined the Navy after graduation and served four years as lead trumpet player for the Navy band.
Ken worked at the family-owned car sales business, Kelly Cielo Ford, during the â60s and â70s, along with playing with various musical groups.
Sylvia Frances Murray, 92, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born July 19, 1921, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of the late Glenn and Sarah (Rea) Uplinger.
She was married to George Murray, who preceded her in death in 1988.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney.
She is survived by three daughters, Sylvia Reed and husband Don of New Bethlehem, Pa., Carol Smith and husband Paul of Illinois, and Edith Bergbigler and husband Don of Fenelton, Pa.; and by one sister, Katherine Cramer of Ohio.
Students from the IUP Culinary School were out collecting donations last Saturday to help the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) raise money to purchase a digital projector to replace the old 35mm projector.
Pictured is Rob McCoy (center), PACC director, accepting a donation in the amount of $1,300 that was raised by students during Tag Days.
McCoy said that so far, $30,000 has been raised by various groups.
The cost of a digital projector is approximately $70,000, and the board of directors is hoping to purchase one before the end of spring.
(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.)
October 20, 1897
Destructive Forest Fire
A destructive forest fire is raging in the large timber tract north of Brookville, known as the Mayes tract. There are several thousand acres of excellent pine and hemlock on it, and the loss will be enormous.
Arnold L. Dunmire, 82, of Young Township, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Dunmire was born on April 7, 1931, at home, in Rossiter, Indiana County, the second of four sons of Carlton C. Dunmire and Laura A. (Roush) Dunmire.
He spent most of his childhood and youth on the family farm in Banks Township, Indiana County.