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December 30th

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: Oct. — Dec.

December 30, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, news reporter Larry McGuire brings you the top news stories from the months of October, November and December.)

OCTOBER

Oct. 1
• The Punxsutawney Spirit held Appreciation Day on Saturday at the S.S.C.D. auditorium to give a big thank-you to the community. The fun-filled day included the 3rd Annual Punxsy’s Got Talent show
and a pumpkin-decorating contest.

Samuel W. Dinger, Sr., 70

December 30, 2012

Samuel W. Dinger, Sr., 70, of Brookville, (Stanton), died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home.

He was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ervin E. and Mary (Steiner) Dinger.

On Aug. 4, 1961, he married the former Judith M. Depp, who survives.
He attended the Stanton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Dinger worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include six children, Samuel W. Dinger, Jr. of Cape Coral, Fla., Steven Dinger and wife Denece of Summerville, Scott Dinger of Brookville, Shawn Dinger

David Anthony Rowan, 54

December 30, 2012

David Anthony Rowan, 54, of DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1958, in Erie, a son of the late Thomas Anthony Rowan and Dolores T. (Woods) Rowan of DuBois.

David was a graduate of Academy High School in Erie.

He was Catholic by faith.

Mr. Rowan was the caretaker of his mother, Dolores.

In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include a brother, John A. Rowan; two sisters, Georgine R. Sweitzer, and Kathleen Catrabone, all of DuBois; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Edith J. Snyder, 77

December 30, 2012

Edith J. Snyder, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mrs. Snyder was born May 18, 1935, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Raymond S. Bair and Cora V. (White) Snyder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay C. Snyder.

Mrs. Snyder was a member of the First Church of God, where she was a devoted Sunday School worker for more than 40 years.

Edith was also a secretary for Cloe Lumber.

She enjoyed housekeeping and spending time with her family.

Nancy North Pitts, 78

December 30, 2012

Nancy North Pitts, 78, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home.

She was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Robert C. North and Aileen Fulton North.

On Oct. 20, 1955, she married Richard J. Pitts, who survives.

She taught the third grade in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 22 years at Mapleview School, retiring in 1993.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years; a 1952 graduate from Brookville Area High School who then attended Indiana College and Penn State University.

William E. Smith, 81

December 30, 2012

William E. Smith, 81, of DuBois, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Winslow Township, the son of the late Kenneth E. Smith and Dorothy R. (Graham) Smith.

On Oct. 14, 1989, he married Audrey C. (Meier) Smith who survives.

He attended Reynoldsville High School.

Mr. Smith was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.

He was a retired mechanic of 25 years for Dennison Brothers Chevrolet of Reynoldsville.

Mr. Smith attended the Salem Methodist Church.

Marguerite E. (Pearce) Smith, 95

December 30, 2012

Marguerite E. (Pearce) Smith, 95, of Smithport, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

The daughter of George C. and Grace (Stiver) Pearce, she was born on March 28, 1917, in Banks Township, Indiana County.

Marguerite was a member of the Smithport Wesleyan Methodist Church, where she had actively served her church in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher, as well as being involved with the Missionary Society for more than 30 years.

She thoroughly loved spending time with her grandchildren.

December 28th

The Spirit’s 2012 Year In Review: July - Sept.

December 28, 2012

(Editor’s note: Each year, the editorial staff at The Spirit dives into the stacks from the past year’s papers to bring you a Year In Review, highlighting some of the biggest news stories to take place over the year. Today, The Spirit staff brings you the top news stories from the months of July, August and September.)

JULY

July 1
• The 46th Annual Groundhog Festival kicks off in Barclay Square.

July 3
• The Punxsutawney Area Community Center hosts its 17th annual 5K Run/Two-Mile Walk as part of the Groundhog Festival.

July 4

Alliance Church youth ‘going hungry to overcome hunger’

December 28, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — We've heard the old saying it's either "feast or famine," and this weekend at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church, for members of the church's youth group it will be famine as they participate in a "30 Hour Famine” event to help raise awareness for world hunger.

"This is not just an event that is occurring at the Punxsutawney Alliance Church. It is put on by Worldvision across the country," said Connie Neal of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.

December 27th

Living out her dream, Globetrotter rookie 'Mighty' Mitchell sees the bigger picture

December 28, 2012

INDIANA — Every child has one big dream job that gives them something to work toward, and for Harlem Globetrotters rookie Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell, her dream is coming true this week as her first season as a professional basketball player kicks off, including a trip to Indiana's Kovalchick Complex tonight.

Mighty said that for her, it's always been a dream to play professionally, but she's also pleased to have the opportunity to change lives and inspire young girls, as well.

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