June 18th, 2014
Four people were transported to Punxsutawney Area Hospital with unknown injuries following a three-vehicle accident that occurred on East Mahoning Street on Wednesday morning in Punxsutawney, when a red Dodge Dakota was struck by a silver Subaru and a red Peterbilt tractor trailer.
For more details, see Thursday's print edition of The Spirit.
Alice Mae Zipfel Kahle, 99, a guest at Jefferson Manor in Brookville, formerly of Sigel, Pa., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Brookville Hospital.
The daughter of Albert M. Zipfel and Elizabeth Mae Brenneman Ziphel, she was born on June 24, 1914, in Brookville.
In September of 1937 in Strattanville, Pa., she married James Lon Kahle, who preceded her in death in 1976.
On Tuesday evening, the Punxsutawney Area High School held the dedication ceremony for the new fitness center and weight room facility.
Members of the Punxsutawney Athletic Foundation (PAF) and the Cook family were on hand as key contributors to the project, and students from Jeff Tech who helped draft the model for the facility were also in attendance.
Volunteers assist with the construction of the famous canopy that will take center stage in Barclay Square for the remainder of the summer.
For the full story - including the schedule of performers for the Groundhog Festival - pick up Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Helen â€śLouiseâ€ť Oberlin, 99, formerly of Rochester Mills, Pa., died on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.
The daughter of Clair and Ethel (Sebring) Burkett, she was born on Nov. 25, 1914, in Grant Township, Indiana County.
She graduated from Indiana High School in Indiana, in the Class of 1931.
Louise was a member of the Rockbridge Presbyterian Church in Rochester Mills, Pa., where she sang in the choir for many years.
During her younger years, she played the piano, the organ and the violin.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Captain Bernard J. Petrovsky, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Punxsutawney, issued the following reminder to the public Tuesday:
â€śAlways be aware of criminals who are in a perpetual quest to defraud you of your hard-earned money and assets.
â€śTroopers are continually gathering intelligence in an attempt to identify current scams so, in turn, the public can be made award of those crimes.
The Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive Team launched its new inflatable boat that was purchased by the Punxsutawney Rotary Club.
Pictured here is the new boat and the new dive trailer.
Pictured (from left) are Tom Chelgren, George Powers, Bob Fischer and Erin Cameron, Punxsy Rotary Club; Joshua Wachob, Punxsy Fire Department chief; Doug McAfoos, Elk Run Volunteer Fire Department Chief; and Cody Craft, Josh McAfoos, Patrick Meckley and John Joseph of the Elk Run Volunteer Fire Company and Punxsutawney Fire Department Dive and Boat teams.
Big Run Mayor Joe Buterbaugh (right) is pictured swearing in Cliff Voss, the new Big Run Council member, at Monday's meeting.
Council also discussed a potential ordinance that would fine residents who blow their lawn waste into the streets, which clogs the storm drains.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Lois C. Huffman, 80, of Juneau, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Huffman was born June 15, 1934, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late Albert B. and Margaret (Jones) Chittester.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ben Lee Huffman, of Juneau.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Lois worked as an operator for Bell Telephone before retirement, where she was a member of the Pioneers Club.
She was a member of the Pine Street Senior Center and Brockwayville Depot.
Ruth Organ, 98, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at
Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sugarhill, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Jay Merton and Florence Eleanor (Blight) Steele.
On April 22, 1938, she married James Alexander Organ III, who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1992.
Ruth was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ for 70 years.
Mrs. Organ and her husband, Jim, founded Bells Mills Trading Post, Inc., which pioneered propane gas business in Jefferson County.