March 30th, 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.)
April 11, 1888
Arrested for Stealing an Ox
David Trainor, of Walston, was arrested here last Friday evening by Policeman Kirk Patrick, charged with stealing an ox from Frank Ferringer, who resides near New Maysville, Clarion county.
WEST MAHONING TOWNSHIP â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police recovered a large male dog at noon Saturday along Griffith Road in Smicksburg, West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.
The dog has no tags or collar and is currently being held at the Indiana County Humane Society.
Anyone missing a dog is asked to call police at 938-0510 to identify it.
First responders from Punxsutawney and Rossiter fire departments assist at the scene of a fuel spill on Friday morning in Canoe Creek in Cloe.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
ROSSITER â€” It was Feb. 14 â€” a day like any other day this winter, with gray skies, slippery roads and a couple of feet of snow already on the ground.
For Melissa Leseman, it was typical day that wasn't going to end in the typical way, as she was planning to take a short jaunt into town so her son could get a haircut.
That's the last thing she remembers before waking up in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville after being flown there by a Lifeflight Helicopter from the Rossiter Ball Field, which was under nearly two feet of snow.
Moonshine is coming to Western Pennsylvania!
David and Jennifer Black, owners of the new Blackbird Distillery in Brookville celebrated their grand opening on Wednesday.
The new and exciting adventure has taken over two years of hard work and determination to come full circle for Blackbird Distillery, the Blacks said.
Boyd â€śMacâ€ť McElravy, 93, of Duquesne, Pa., passed away peacefully at his son Jonâ€™s home in White Oak, Pa., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
He was born Boyd Earl McElravy, Jr. in Corbettown, Jefferson County, Pa., near Timblin, on Nov. 26, 1920, to Boyd Earl, Sr. and Pearl (Himes) McElravy.
He was married to Maxine (Kagy) McElravy for 51 years, until her death in 1996.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Dean McElravy, and his sister, Kathryn Flynn.
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold weather and rain, Punxsy was forced to reschedule tennis, baseball and softball this week. The bright spot, however, was that the boys' tennis team was able to take to the courts on Thursday, which provides hope that warmer weather is right around the corner.
The Punxsutawney Fire Department and Punxsutawney Borough Police â€” two teams who work hand-in-hand to protect area residents â€”Â will take to the court for a good cause against each other on Saturday at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
The game will tip off at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 will be admitted for free.
Proceeds from the game will benefit Betty's Angels â€” a Relay for Life team.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Members of the Class of 2014 are hard at work preparing for the 2014 Variety Show, which will be held in the auditorium of the Punxsutawney Area High School on April 3, 4 and 5.
Read details of the Variety Show in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(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 Loretta Shaver.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Loretta Shaver is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a volunteer at the Salvation Army Worship and Service Center, where she puts in long hours helping wherever she can.
Shaver was born and raised in Maryland.