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June 15th, 2014

Ruth Organ, 98

June 15, 2014

Ruth Organ, 98, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at
Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sugarhill, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Jay Merton and Florence Eleanor (Blight) Steele.

On April 22, 1938, she married James Alexander Organ III, who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1992.

Ruth was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ for 70 years.

Mrs. Organ and her husband, Jim, founded Bells Mills Trading Post, Inc., which pioneered propane gas business in Jefferson County.

Jack Robert Kromer, 84

June 15, 2014

Jack Robert Kromer, 84, of Covode, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.

He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Daniel and Isabella (Nichols) Kromer.

Mr. Kromer was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam prior to his retirement.

On Oct. 12, 1950, he married the former Anna Isabelle Engle. She survives.

After retirement, he started an auto repair garage, where he enjoyed working on cars, tractors and mowers.

He enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife around his home.

Robert Lee Coulter, 62

June 15, 2014

Robert Lee Coulter, 62, of Coolspring, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.

He was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Wayne and Frances Lucille (Burkett) Coulter.

Mr. Coulter served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

On Oct. 15, 1983, he married Robin Dianne Ishman. She survives.

Bob worked as a foreman for Penn Line Service, Inc.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Gobbler’s Knob Trail open to public

June 15, 2014

A crowd gathered Saturday for the official ribbon cutting of the Gobbler’s Knob Trail located at — where else — Gobbler’s Knob.

Pictured at the Day at the Knob event are (from left) The Big Windmaker Tom Uberti, Jean Roberts, Bill Roberts, Groundhog Club Executive Director Katie Donald, Katie Roberts, Mary Roberts, Kerrin Roberts, Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley with Phil, Maria Lanza, Tessa Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Jim Roberts, His Protector Bob Roberts, Punxsy biology teacher Louise Maine holding one of Phil’s friends and Big Chill Jason Grusky.

Career Women’s Club name 2013-2014 Woman of the Year

June 15, 2014

Ruth Defelice (third from left) was recently named the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club 2013-2014 Woman of the Year.

Pictured (from left) are Melissa Cavallo and Stacy Volchko, Ruth’s daughters; Defelice; and Diane Neal, the 2012-2013 Woman of the Year.

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

Way Back When

June 15, 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
June 13, 1888

Festival at Big Run

There will be an ice cream and strawberry festival held in Cox's Hall, Big Run, on Friday and Saturday evenings, June 15th and 16th, under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid Society for the benefit of the M.E. Church.

A very pleasant time is anticipated and all are invited to attend.

Speared by a Spud

June 13th

Local Scout Stambaugh puts his service to use with Mahoning Shadow Trail project

June 13, 2014

Pictured is the unveiling of the new message board at the Water Street entrance to the Mahoning Shadow Trail, an Eagle Scout project done by Daniel Stambaugh of Boy Scout Troop No. 245.

Pictured (from left) are Susan Wolfe, secretary of the Mahoning Shadow Trail Association; Nick Gianvito, vice president of the Mahoning Shadow Trail Association; Stambaugh; and Patricia Murdock and Dotty Jekielek of the Punxsutawney Garden Club, which donated plants for the project.

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

Sidewalk Prophets perform local concert

June 13, 2014

Friday evening, local fans of the famous Christian band Sidewalk Prophets were finally able to see the band live, thanks to the Punxsutawney Christian School, which contacted the band and brought it to Punxsutawney.

The band performed in front of a large crowd consisting of those of all ages.

Opening for the band were About a Mile and Brookville native Caleb Dinger.

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

Punxsy memorial Library bids adieu to Coral Ellshoff

June 13, 2014

Friday being a Friday the 13th wasn’t the only thing special about the day, as it also saw the Punxsutawney Memorial Library bidding farewell to Coral Ellshoff, who has served as library director for many years.

Though she will always love Punxsutawney, a place she has called home, she said is making the journey back to Minnesota to be closer to family.

Pictured are Ellshoff (left) and Jane Parente, the library’s ILL coordinator.

Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America teaming up to sponsor bloodmobile on Tuesday

June 13, 2014

The Knights of Columbus (KOC) Council No. 452 and Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Court Saint Rita No. 353 are sponsoring a Red Cross bloodmobile at SS.C.D. on Tuesday, June 17 from noon until 6 p.m.

All blood types are needed, and walk-ins are welcome.

Pictured here are some of those involved in the planning (front, from left): Pat Rougeux, Red Cross volunteer, CDA member and bloodmobile chairperson; Betty Kotula, CDA; Laura Jesse, CDA secretary; (back) Joe Defelice, KOC; Kim Curtis, CDA financial secretary, Marian Klotz, CDA; and Dan Milton, KOC.

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