July 21st, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Mayor of Punxsutawney admitted to the members of Borough Council that he made a mistake when he prematurely hired two people as part-time dispatchers at the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
It was a beautiful day in Barclay Square for last year's Church In the Park (CITP).
Organizers are hoping for more of the same for this year's CITP, which will take place throughout the course of the weekend.
For schedule details, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
The Lindsey Fire Company recently made Kevin Wachob of Big Run an honorary member of the fire company.
Pete Pape, president of Lindsey Fire Company, thanked Wachob for his work on installing new LED lights on Lindsey's Rescue 40.
Pictured (from left) are Ken Bishop, Lindsey Fire Company vice president; Josh Wachob, Punxsutawney Fire Department chief; Kevin Wachob; Pape; and Joe Defelice, Lindsey Fire Company chief.
Mark A. Oâ€™Donnell, 50, Oâ€™Donnell Road, Sigel, Pa., died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.
He was born Sept. 13, 1963, in Brookville, a son of Joseph Francis Oâ€™Donnell, who survives, of Sigel, Pa., and Anna Marie Eisenman Oâ€™Donnell.
Mark was a self-employed farmer and well tender with Seneca Resources in natural gas.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 983 of Brookville, Pa., and the Brookville Firemenâ€™s Club.
Surviving relatives include a son, Corey Oâ€™Donnell; a brother, Paul F. Oâ€™Donnell of Columbia, Maryland; and a sister, Mary Jane Oâ€™Donnell of Sigel.
The Luminaria Ceremony is one of the most powerful parts of the Relay for Life, which was held over the weekend in Barclay Square.
As the light faded on the day, attendees gathered for a time to remember those who have been lost to cancer, to support people who are currently battling cancer and to honor those who have fought it in the past.
Pictured here are participants watching the names of loved ones lost to the disease scroll on the screen with the glow of the luminaria bringing light to the foreground.
For more from the Relay for Life, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Progress continues on the $3,771,853 bridge replacement project on Route
3007 State Street that travels over the Summerville Bridge.
Pictured are the new piers that have been poured, with the old bridge in the background.
For details on when State Street is scheduled to be closed and project's expected completion date, pick up Monday's edition of The Spirit.
(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.)
August 1, 1888
Excursion to Kinzua Bridge
An excursion will be given over the B. R. & P, railroad to Kinzua bridge on Sunday, August 5th. The train will leave Punxsutawney at 8:30 a.m., arriving at the bridge at 4 p.m.
Fare round trip, $1.50. Fill your lunch baskets and take your family for a dayâ€™s outing on the mountain top.
John Franklin Finnegan, 62, of Baxter, Pa., died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Brookville Hospital.
He was born Feb. 10, 1952, in Mahoning County, Ohio, the son of Donna Jean Canja, who survives, of Struthers, Ohio.
John was later adopted by the late John Edgar and Nellie Belle Finnegan.
John graduated from Milton Hershey High School and later obtained a bachelorâ€™s degree in Powdered Metallurgy from Penn State.
John was married to Mary E. Lucas on June 20, 1987, in Punxsutawney.
He was employed at Humphrey Charcoal until becoming disabled.
Donald W. Henry, 84, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.
He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Alabama Center, New York, a son of the late Edward J. and Beatrice V. (Derwick) Henry.
On Sept. 19, 1957, he married Kathleen Watson, who survives, of Dover, Delaware.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a salesman in the roofing industry for more than 40 years and retired in 1998.
Don was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church and a 50-year member of Nanticoke Masonic Lodge of Federalsburg, Maryland.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Police and Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to investigate the death a Punxsutawney woman that occurred on South Gilpin Street in Punxsutawney on Thursday.
Borough Police said there was a separate incident that occurred on Thursday in the Groundhog Plaza parking lot, where a female was
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.