June 1st, 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.)
June 6, 1888
Indiana County Primaries
The Republican primary election of Indiana county took place last Saturday and resulted in the nomination of E. E. Allen, of Blairsville, and Dr. W. L. Reed, of Jacksonsville, for Assembly.
Amber R. Ratay, 28, Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at home.
She was born Nov. 18, 1985, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Russell G. and Renda (Plyler) London.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Walston.
She was a graduate of Punxsutawney Christian School.
She was a shift manager at McDonaldâ€™s.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It was a night to remember Friday for the members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 2014, as they and their families were greeted by clear skies and sunshine at Jack LaMarca Stadium for the graduation ceremony.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PCS Class of 2014 (from left): JACOB KUHN, TARAN MILLER, VALEDICTORIAN LUKE FUGATE, JULIA MARTINO & TANNER EVANS
Read about the graduation in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Lee Grace Foulkrod received a special certificate from Tom Curry, president of the Jefferson County Chapter of PASR, designating her as Volunteer of the Year for 2013.
A resident of Sykesville, where she coordinates programs and activities at the town's Senior Center, she is also the director of the Village Voices choir of Brockway.
Foulkrod devotes many volunteer hours to her church and other community organizations in Sykesville.
Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63, of Rossiter, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at home with his family.
He was born June 6, 1950, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Zinzella and Adela Marie (Ferrara) Zinzella.
His mother survives and resides in Rossiter.
On Jan. 20, 1979, he married the former Regina Sue Wasicki. She survives.
He enlisted in United States Army as a senior in high school and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a member of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, Experimental Military Unit (EMU).
Lawrence (Larry) White, 86, died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2014, in St. Marys, Georgia, from effects of a major stroke suffered two weeks earlier.
He was born in Indiana, Pa., the son of Foster J. and Elda (Reeger) White, and grew up in Canoe Ridge and Juneau.
He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1947 and attended two years at Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana.
He married Nelda Faye Randall, then took up residence on a farm above Juneau.
In addition to farming, he repaired appliances for his brother Forrest and worked other jobs in the Punxsy area.
(Editorâ€™s note: This piece is onein 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 Gloria Kerr.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Gloria Kerr is a familiar face. You may recognize her as the president of the Garden Club. Or perhaps you have seen her and the rest of the Garden Club working hard around the community, planting and doing beautification projects.
At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe said that two elementary schools in the Punxsy District have received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics â€” Bell Township and Longview.
Both schools scored over 90 percent for the 2012-2013 school profile.
Each building received a proclamation from the governor.
Pictured (from left) are Board President Bob Pascuzzo; Travis Monroe, principal at Longview Elementary; Wolfe; and Francis Molinaro, board vice-president.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
The Past to Present Machinery Association held its annual show over the weekend at the Sykesville Fairgrounds.
Over three days, tractors and equipment both old and new were out on the grounds, alongside a number of other farm-related displays.
Activities included tractor pulls for farm tractors, garden tractors and antique tractors, a pedal tractor pull, tractor games and a parade of tractors, as well as music by The Moore Brothers.