June 24th, 2014
David Beatty of Punxsutawney submitted this photos of a black bear he and his family observed in the distance in the field near Gobblerâ€™s Knob around 8 p.m. on Monday night.
While black bears are great to observe from a distance, with the sightings of them becoming more frequent, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds residents to keep their distance.
Mark A. Ferko Jr., 27, of Falls Creek, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Reynoldsville.
He was born July 2, 1986, in DuBois, the son of Mark A. Ferko of Sykesville and Kathy Y. Fincham of Youngstown, Ohio.
Mark is survived by a half brother, Michael Fincham of New Bern, North Carolina; a half sister, Jennifer Houston of Youngstown, Ohio; two nephews, Kyle and Connor Houston; his paternal grandparents, Michael and Louise Ferko of Falls Creek; and special friend Danielle Ritchie and children Lola and Kem of Reynoldsville.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.
Ricky L. Kuntz, Jr. 38, of Butler, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Butler Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Butler on Feb. 3, 1976, a son of Ricky L. Kuntz Sr. and Mary Ann Hinchberger Fitzpatrick.
Ricky was a loving and compassionate husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, helping people and spending time with his daughters.
He was employed as a driver for Vogel Disposal Company. He had obtained a CDL and drove throughout the country, until recently moving back to Butler to be closer to his children.
Robert M. Sink, 72, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, formerly of Punxsutawney and Clymer, passed away June 6, 2014, at his home.
The son of Edward Sink and Katherin Milliron Sink, Bob was born Dec. 5 1941, in Punxsutawney.
He was a graduate of the Clymer High School and a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Bob also retired from Unysis Corporation as a project manager.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library in Brookville returned with its annual author luncheon last Wednesday, held at the Pinecrest Country Club.
This year's book was the biography "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," and the author, Bob Spitz, was the speaker for the luncheon.
To read about Spitz's adventures with Ms. Child, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP â€” A 27-year-old Falls Creek man died following a crash that occurred at 10:23 p.m. Sunday along Reynoldsville Falls Creek Road in Winslow Township, according to DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police.
Mark A. Ferko was ejected through the front driver's side window of the 2004 Dodge Neon he was driving, police reported.
Ferko had been traveling northbound on the road and was negotiating a slight left curve when, for unknown reasons, his car began rotating clockwise and crossed the white fog line and northbound shoulder.
Members of the Rossiter Miners â€” decked out in their pink uniforms â€” posed for a photo at this weekendâ€™s Cancer Awareness Tournament in Rossiter, at which Federation League teams came together to help raise money for a good cause. Pictured with the team are representatives of Lisaâ€™s Ladybug Patient Care Fund, an organization that assists those who are undergoing cancer treatments (front, from left) Connie Shick, Lori Gardner, Lesa Walker, Brandi Walker and Lori Ebel. Proceeds from the tournament went to Lisaâ€™s Ladybugs.
For more from the tourney, see Monday's print edition of The Spirit.
Laura M. â€śLollyâ€ť Carr, 70, Ridgway, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born April 25, 1944, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Thornton B. and Bernice L. (Fitzgerald) McNeil.
On Sept. 26, 1963, she married Peter S. Carr, who survives.
She was an avid artist, cook and baker and enjoyed watching the Food Network. But most of all, she loved being a grandmother.
She was the local Red Cross representative for the Ridgway area and a former Worthy Advisor for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.
Esther Marlene Pounds, Cherokee Indian, never looked her age, awesome cook, many names, and mom, died Friday, June 20, 2014.
Esther, aka Marlene, aka Tine, aka Mom, was best known for her stubborn, independent personality. It may have seemed she wanted your opinion, but she didnâ€™t. Tine knew what she was going to do whether anyone agreed or not. This explains the thick headedness of all her children.
Members of the Rossiter American Legion discovered a very old cemetery hidden deep in the woods in the Johnsonburg area.
Named the Sherman Farm Cemetery, it contains a dozen graves, with a few hidden by overgrown weeds.
Buried in the cemetery are two veterans, one who fought in the Revolutionary War and the other in the Civil War.
Pictured are members of the Rossiter Veterans Club with the new sign pointing the way to the hidden treasure: (from left) John Mack, George Senott, John Woods Jr. (kneeling) and Robert Deahl.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.