March 16th, 2012
BELL TOWNSHIP â Ed Skarbek knows spring is here when he can't make maple syrup any longer.
And it's just about that time, he said last Saturday morning, while showing a group of Cub Scouts how the "real stuff" is made.
"It all depends on the weather," Skarbek said. "Youâve got to have the cold nights and the warm days."
Cold nights and warm days are perfect for making maple syrup, a Skarbek past-time that can be traced through the generations.
At the turn of the 20th century, within a three-mile radius of Skarbek's current camp in Bell Township, sugar camps began to spring up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are âreal close to putting on the best event ever.â
After dedicating âthousandsâ of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this yearâs festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.
âWeâre fortunate to have great sponsors,â Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. âPeople in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. Itâs basically what it comes down to.â
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 26-30 as Weather Emergency Preparedness Week.
Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County, said the week is crucial in preparing the countyâs residents for possible severe weather outbreaks.
â(We need) to be prepared to take immediate action in the event of bad weather,â he said.
Zents also said the timing of the proclamation is also important, because the county is more susceptible to thunderstorms and tornados during the spring.
William Clair Parrish, 86, Clover Run, Mahaffey, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home.
He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Bell Township, a son of the late William Howard and Clara Rosella (Daisher) Parrish.
For 63 years, he was married to his loving wife, Eileen L. (London) Parrish, who survives.
Mr. Parrish was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Merchant Marines and receiving the Pacific War Zone Bar.
He retired after many years from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.
Clara Mae Sepe, 99, Richmond, Va., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012.
She was born July 12, 1912, a daughter of the late Irwin and Ada Smith.
She was married to Nicholas Sepe, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sepe enjoyed family, baking and gardening.
Surviving relatives include her devoted son, Nick âChipâ Sepe and wife Susan; three adored granddaughters, Vickie, Valerie and Ronnie, and their husbands, Jim, Wade and Jason; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
BROCKWAY â A recent update to Megan's Law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett late last year, means sex offenders in Pennsylvania are now facing stricter registration and notification requirements.
A few aspects of the law, signed Dec. 20, took effect Feb. 18.
One of the changes that took effect deals with homeless offenders, and is a change about which the Rev. Jack Wisor, director of the Just for Jesus Homeless Ministry in Brockway, recently voiced concerns.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Monday, the Punxsutawney Garden Club asked Punxsutawney Borough Council for help in replacing the hayracks that were removed from the light standards for the downtown traffic light replacement project.
âWe feel the beautification projects the Garden Club manages throughout the year make a great deal of difference in adding to the charm of the community,â Garden Club President Gloria Kerr said.
She said there is a fear that to replace the hayracks on the new light standards might damage the new poles.
CLARION â Shortly after the good news for former Punxsy graduate Kody Young came â that he'd be wrestling at the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships â another Punxsy grad earned another spectacular accolade: Former Chuck Steven Cressley, who wrestles for Division I Clarion University, qualified at 184 pounds for the D-I Wrestling National Championships.
Helen Marie Cook was born in Sheridan, Wyo., Oct. 27, 1921, to Claude and Hattie Hysell.
During World War II, she moved to the Philadelphia area to assist with the war effort. She met and married Harold Cook, and they settled first in Hamilton and later moved to the family farm near Hamilton.
Helen ran her own business for 30 years and was well known in the area for her beautiful antique shop and expertise in all areas relating to the antique business.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â In keeping with the tradition that has now become a second-annual occurrence with each respective PAHS sports season, and after overwhelmingly successful responses in the past The Spirit would like to announce the candidates for this year's Winter Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player Awards.
Many athletic teams choose MVP candidates as a group, but in this election, readers of The Spirit have the opportunity to cast their ballots.