November 4th, 2013
Kenneth K. Cielo, 78, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, after a long and courageous battle with COPD.
Mr. Cielo was born on May 1, 1935, in Vandergrift, Pa., the son of the late Hazel M. Cielo and Kelly R. Cielo.
Ken attended Brookville and Punxsutawney high schools.
He joined the Navy after graduation and served four years as lead trumpet player for the Navy band.
Ken worked at the family-owned car sales business, Kelly Cielo Ford, during the â€˜60s and â€˜70s, along with playing with various musical groups.
Sylvia Frances Murray, 92, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born July 19, 1921, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of the late Glenn and Sarah (Rea) Uplinger.
She was married to George Murray, who preceded her in death in 1988.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney.
She is survived by three daughters, Sylvia Reed and husband Don of New Bethlehem, Pa., Carol Smith and husband Paul of Illinois, and Edith Bergbigler and husband Don of Fenelton, Pa.; and by one sister, Katherine Cramer of Ohio.
Students from the IUP Culinary School were out collecting donations last Saturday to help the Punxsutawney Area Community Center (PACC) raise money to purchase a digital projector to replace the old 35mm projector.
Pictured is Rob McCoy (center), PACC director, accepting a donation in the amount of $1,300 that was raised by students during Tag Days.
McCoy said that so far, $30,000 has been raised by various groups.
The cost of a digital projector is approximately $70,000, and the board of directors is hoping to purchase one before the end of spring.
(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.)
October 20, 1897
Destructive Forest Fire
A destructive forest fire is raging in the large timber tract north of Brookville, known as the Mayes tract. There are several thousand acres of excellent pine and hemlock on it, and the loss will be enormous.
Arnold L. Dunmire, 82, of Young Township, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Dunmire was born on April 7, 1931, at home, in Rossiter, Indiana County, the second of four sons of Carlton C. Dunmire and Laura A. (Roush) Dunmire.
He spent most of his childhood and youth on the family farm in Banks Township, Indiana County.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It may just be the new best-kept secret in Punxsutawney, and it's located on the second floor of the old Thermal-Gard warehouse, at 400 North Walnut St. in Punxsutawney.
That secret is The Nomadic Trading Company â€” The Warehouse, which, up until now, has advertised mainly on Facebook.
The Nomadic Trading Company â€” The Warehouse was started by Andy and Katrina Horner, who were looking for a place to sell their antiques.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Art Club members from grades 8 through 12 gathered at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School on Wednesday evening for Red Ribbon Round-Up.
The event, held in recognition of Red Ribbon Week, showed students that there are alternatives to turning toward drugs and alcohol.
Pictured are some members of the Art Club in grades 9-12, who came together to showcase their talents and to do some neat crafts.
Ina Jean Getty, 92, of Marion Center, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Getty was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Marion Center, the daughter of the late Cora (Rodgers) Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband John "Jack" Getty.
Mrs. Getty was a life member of the Presbyterian Church of Marion.
Her hobbies were quilting, gardening and flowers.
Chadwick Aaron Heckman, 41, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
He was born Jan. 8, 1972, in DuBois.
On July 1, 1995, he married Crystal Lynn Brestovich. She survives.
Mr. Heckman worked as a meter tech at TW Phillips for more than 10
Chad was a beloved husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his kids.
He enjoyed restoring classic "muscle" cars, playing poker and pulling pranks.
He had a great sense of humor and liked to make everyone laugh.
The winners for the most original costumes at Thursday's Punxsutawney Fire Department Parade were Emma Dale (left), first place, and Paeton Clinger, second place.
See all the winners in Friday's edition of The Spirit.