May 13th, 2013
Foster parents throughout Jefferson County were recognized Monday night at the Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner held at the Anchor Inn in Punxsy.
It's the season of giving back to those who help with the education system.
Jeff Kuntz, chairperson of the Community Focus Committee, presented checks to eight individuals, who accepted them on behalf of the organizations they represent.
Checks are distributed through the Punxsutawney Education System several times a year and give money to organizations from which students benefit.
Ronald E. (Ronnie) Watkins, 69, of Conneaut Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior on his birthday, May 13, 2013, at the Marquette Hospice House.
He was born in Meadville, a son of Merle R. and Bessie K. Adams Watkins.
He married Sandra (Sandi) Saul on Sept. 16, 1995, at Watson Run Church of God, and she survives.
He worked for many years in steel fabrication and retired as a foreman at Excalibur Machine Co.
He was a graduate of Meadville High School and was a member of Watson Run Church of God.
Leila I. Smith, 81, Punxsutawney, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years Personal Care Home in DuBois.
She was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Corbettown, Pa., a daughter of the late Homer and Irene (Miller) Geist.
She married Joseph M. Smith on March 22, 1951.
He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1971.
She was Methodist by faith.
She enjoyed baking and cooking, quilting and spending time with family.
She was a homemaker and worked as a nurseâ€™s aide for two nursing homes.
CHEST TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State police reported that 60 large trout â€” many of which were to be donated to a childrenâ€™s fishing derby â€” were stolen between May 4 and May 5 from the Susquehanna Valley Rod & Gun Club, at a fish hatchery on Holes Road in Clearfield County.
Police said the total loss is estimated at $1,800.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 938-0510.
Following a successful fundraiser event, Sherry Huber (left), shift manager at Punxsy McDonaldâ€™s, and Karen Love, Punxsy McDonaldâ€™s general manager, pack up donations of food and personal care items to send to troops stationed overseas.
A drawing for the winners of two freezers full of meat was held Wednesday at Lowmaster and Warden in Punxsutawney.
The winners are: Paul Lieberum of St. Petersburg, Pa., and Richard Grecco of Brockway (not pictured).
The proceeds benefit VFW No. 2076 in Punxsutawney.
Pictured are (front, from left) Chuck Allessie, former commander of the VFW; Chuck Lowmaster, owner of Lowmaster and Warden; Jim Dunlap, commander of VFW No. 2076; (back) and Tom Wise and Dick Magolis, VFW No. 2076.
(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.)
May 12, 1897
In the case of the commonwealth vs Oliver P. Nicola, at Clearfield last week the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Mr. Nicola had been charged with removing lumber from Sykes Bros. mill at Newtonburg, illegally.
â€śWhen I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'â€ť â€” Fred Rogers
By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” With the warmer weather finally upon us and signs of spring and summer popping up daily, many folks are starting to do their spring cleaning, and a part of that process is often putting away some of the things that aren't used as much in the warmer months. One of these things that comes to mind is blankets.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students who were inducted into the National Honor Society were honored at the annual banquet that is put on by Rotary Club of Punxsutawney Thursday at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
"The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise," said Dave London, principal of Punxsutawney Area High School and Rotary Club member.
London said, speaking to the members of the National Honor Society, that as they become young professionals somewhere, he hopes they'll consider joining a Rotary Club.