September 1st, 2014
Members and family of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday in front of their fire hall in Big Run.
In the background is their new electric sign that was donated to them recently.
Find out who they called on to take the challenge in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
The 116th Annual Groundhog Picnic and Phil Phest will be held together this year, from 1 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 6, at Gobblerâs Knob.
Pictured here during Phil Phest 2013 is guest of honor Punxsutawney Phil and friends.
For the full story and ticket details, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Martha A. Good, 89, Marion Center, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
She was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of the late Raymond C. and Dorothy (Walters) Perkins.
On Dec. 28, 1943, in Marion Center, she married Frank L. Good, who preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 2005.
She worked for the Marion Center Speedway in the concession stand for 15 years and also assisted her husband on the family farm.
Maxine Mae Wissinger, 86, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
The daughter of Edward and Lillian (Veite) Pierce, she was born July 30, 1928, in Punxsutawney, Pa.
Maxine was a member and very active in the Curry Run Church.
She cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Maxine will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
John M. Pearce, Jr., 76, of Covode, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at home.
He was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Winslow, a son of the late John Miles Pearce, Sr. and Vera Jane (Pierce) Pearce.
On May 9, 1959, he married the former Barbara R. Shields. She survives and resides in Covode.
John was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for more than 30 years.
He was the owner and a driver of coal trucks for Pearce Trucking and had also worked in construction.
The winners for the Punxsy Pizza and Prevention logo contest were announced at Punxsy Pizza on Wednesday.
Pictured (from left) are Bryan Smith and Josh Manners, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company/Punxsutawney Fire Department; Amy Smith, third-place winner of a $100 prize package; Jason Watt, first-place winner and recipient of a $500 prize package (logo pictured below); Troy Hicks, second-place winner of a $250 prize package; and Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza.
To view the logo and read the whole story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
The Corn Cob Club held its annual retreat, this year at a new location at Bill Deeley's farm.
In recent years, the annual event was held at the farm of Judge Edwin Snyder, who passed away last year.
Thursday was a busy one on the links, as Punxsy's boys' and girls' golf teams were both in action, and the 9th-grade football team also opened its season. For recaps from those events, see Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Today's sports schedule includes:
â¢ Boys' Soccer at Indiana Tournament, 1:30 p.m.
â¢ Varsity Football season opener at Moniteau, 7 p.m.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Joe Buterbaugh.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
BIG RUN â Joe Buterbaugh is a familiar face. He is best known as the mayor of Big Run, a position he has held for 32 years. Or perhaps you have seen him throughout the community, where he is known to many as âThe Candyman.â
Punxsutawney â Tuesday evening was an illuminative one at the Lattimer House of the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society.
The event was called "Native American Lifeways," and the speaker was Todd "Ghost in the Head" Johnson.
His presentation was very intriguing, because it covered Native American life here in Punxsy and other places in the Eastern Woodlands area.
For the full story on Ghost's presentation, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.