January 26th, 2014
Cody Craft, an Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company firefighter, is pictured with Austin Pate, of the Central Fire Department, after a fire in a storage bin in a house on Woodland Avenue was extinguished at 3:28 a.m. on Saturday.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
It may have been a bit slippery outside with snow and slush, but that didn't stop many from attending the Breakfast with Phil and Groundhog Tour event, held at the Elks Saturday morning.
Children and adults came and enjoyed a delicious breakfast before heading out on the Groundhog Bus to tour Punxsutawney, Gobblerâ€™s Knob and the Groundhog Headquarters, before ending at the Souvenir Shop.
Working hard in the kitchen were members of the Inner Circle and a special volunteer.
(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.)
January 18, 1888
Ronald â€śPaulâ€ť Bussard, 87, of Dayton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, 33 days after losing
his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth I. (Stiteler) Bussard, whom he married Dec. 6, 1946, now reunited forever.
He was born Sept. 9, 1926, in Wayne Township, the son of Charles B. and Clara L. (Good) Bussard.
Paul was a resident of the Dayton area most of his life, having graduated from the Dayton Normal Institute in 1944.
H. Louise Vandervort, 65, of Sykesville, passed away, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Vandervort was born Nov. 8, 1948, in Bedford, a daughter of the late Genevieve and Bob Roach.
She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Vandervort. They were married on Nov. 3, 1965.
Louise loved to crochet, sew, play bingo and spend time with her family and her favorite dog, Spirit.
George C. Carey, 54, Rossiter, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 16, 1959, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late George J. and Audrey Claire (Painter) Carey.
On Dec. 24, 2011, he married Connie (Bair) Ryen Carey, who survives.
He worked as a Service Technician at KPM/Herkules Group in Ford City, Pa.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding his Harley-Davidson and ATVs and family activities.
He was also a sponsor for Narcotics Anonymous for many years.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The theme is laughterâ€¦and plenty of it as the members of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild (PTAG) announce the line-up of the three plays selected for the Guildâ€™s 39th anniversary season.
Since 1975, PTAG has been spotlighting local talent in live stage productions.
The tradition continues in 2014 with the launch of the annual patronsâ€™ drive to encourage area residents to become part of the activities.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” We tend to be a reflective, nostalgic bunch â€” a group that enjoys looking back on the â€śgood olâ€™ days.â€ť
With that in mind, those of us here at The Spirit thought it might be fun to look back on both our history and the history of our townâ€™s most famous event by printing a book that looked back on the front pages that fell on the next printing day after Groundhog Day.
Thatâ€™s how â€śHog History: A Collection of Philâ€™s Prognostications as documented in The Punxsutawney Spiritâ€ť came about.
Friday night, the Punxsutawney Area High School Winter Sports Queen was crowned at halftime of the boysâ€™ basketball game against DuBois.
Emilee States (second from right) was crowned queen. She was escorted by Matthew Burkett (far right).
Juliann Boddorf (second from left) earned the honor of princess, and she was escorted by Matthew Burke (far left).
At halftime of tonightâ€™s boysâ€™ basketball game against DuBois, the Winter Sports Queen and Princess will be crowned.
Pictured are the court members (front, from left) Emily Travis, Juliann Boddorf; (back) Jenna Knox, Jadie Smith, Jordan Knox and Emilee States.
Read all about the court members in Friday's edition of The Spirit.