November 24th, 2013
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday came an act of goodwill that will help out many in the community.
Thursday evening, Jeff Kuntz, chairman of the Community Focus Committee, presented checks to four individuals accepting on behalf of the organizations they represent.
Checks are distributed throughout the year through the Punxsutawney Education System to give money to organizations from which students benefit.
(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 10, 1897
Pennsylvania at Chickamauga
Baby Greyson Michael Adams passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at DRMC.
He is the son of Heather Rena Burkett and Michael Lee Adams, of Nu Mine, Pa., both of whom survive.
Greyson is also survived by his sister, Aubrey R. Meholick, maternal grandparents Robert and Vicki Burkett of Punxsutawney and Michelle Baker of Warren, Pa.; great-grandparents Pat and Nancy Duke of Florida; paternal grandparents Russell, Jr., and Lois E. Adams, and great-grandpa Russell Adams, Sr., all of Punxsy.
Friends will be received from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Cloe United Methodist Church.
Students at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School are pictured loading up a vehicle with canned food items for an area food pantry after collecting a large number of items for their canned food drive this year.
To read exactly how well they middle schoolers did, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Robert V. Stiteler, 86, of Smicksburg, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Stiteler was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Smicksburg, a son of the late Virgil Stiteler and Ruth Ann (McClelland) Stiteler.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Stiteler was a brakeman for the B&O Railroad before retirement.
He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg and a member of the Dayton American Legion. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family, gardening, hunting and fishing.
Betty L. Meyer Good, 88, formerly of Smicksburg, went to be with her Lord Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Communities of Indiana Haven, Indiana.
She was born July 30, 1925, in Indiana County, to Willis W. and Esther S. (Davis) Frederick.
Betty was a lifetime resident of the area and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1942.
She was an active member of the Smicksburg United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer for 24 years and belonged to the United Methodist Womenâ€™s organization, where she also served as president.
SS.C.D. will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
One hundred vendors will be set up and selling a variety of Christmas items.
Homemade sandwiches, vegetable soup and fresh-baked pies will also be available.
A nativity donated by Pam and Pat Defelice â€” in memory of their daughter, the late Brielle Nicole Defelice â€” will be raffled off.
Pictured (from left) are Ella Newcome, Abbey Stello, Morgan Riggie and Elizabeth Stello.
(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 Mary Mack.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Mary Mack is a recognizable face. You may recognize her as a former teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, or perhaps you have seen her participating in events throughout the community.
Harold P. Rhoades, 85, slept away peacefully surrounded by his family, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at DRMC.
Harold was born on Aug. 29, 1928, in Gaskill Township, the son of Frank G. and Florence V. (Pifer) Rhoades. He married Helen E. Renwick on Nov. 24, 1960. The couple would have celebrated 53 years of marriage.
Harold was a fourth-generation dairy farmer, who spent his life operating a century farm in Gaskill Township with his wife and son, Bill.
Harold was a 40-year cancer survivor. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Matt and Shannie, and his pets.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The election results for the super-tight Punxsutawney Area School Region III (McCalmont & Young Townships) school board director race were certified by the Jefferson County Board of Elections on Wednesday, with challenger Jim Scarantine defeating incumbent Punxsutawney Area School Board President Gary Conrad.
For details and quotes from both candidates, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.