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April 22nd, 2012

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April 22, 2012

(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.)

Local Intelligence
(June 3, 1896)

LEG AMPUTATED

Linda M. (Clark) Dubensky, 71

April 22, 2012

Linda M. (Clark) Dubensky, 71, Cranberry Township, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas Dubensky; loving mother of Dona and Russ Sullivan, Sherri and Tom Dubensky, and Belinda Rape and Ken Anderson.

She was the proud grandmother of Christopher and Kim Dubensky, TJ Dubensky, Russell Sullivan, Curt Rape, Felicia Rape, Ashley Sullivan and Paige Rape.

Surviving relatives also include a sister, Sandra Dubensky; and a brother, Robert Clark.

Marguerite A. Huffman, 94

April 22, 2012

Marguerite A. Huffman, 94, Summerville, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

She was born April 19, 1918, in Summerville, the daughter of the late Newell and Clara M. (Fye) Haugh.

Dec. 31, 1936, she married Percy F. Huffman, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Huffman graduated from Summerville High School in 1936.

She was a former employee at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home in Brookville. A member of the Summerville Methodist Church, her hobbies included sewing and embroidery.

Marilyn J. Siar, 83

April 22, 2012

Marilyn J. Siar, 83, Summerville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Knox Dale, a daughter of the late William and Grace (McKnabb) Miller.

Oct. 4, 1947, she married Summers B. Siar, who survives.

Mrs. Siar was a graduate of Brookville High School.

She was a housewife and enjoyed puzzles, sightseeing, flea markets, playing cards and her grandchildren.

She was of the Methodist faith.

Matthew W. Snedden, 84

April 22, 2012

Matthew W. Snedden, 84, Anita, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 23, 1927, in Rossiter, a son of the late Walter and Ruth (Warden) Snedden.

July 14, 1951, he married Marie B. (Sivanich) Snedden, who survives, of Anita. They were married 60 years.

Mr. Snedden served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was employed for many years by Jefferson Grocery before retiring.

He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church, where he was a member of the Men's Club.

April 20th

Lady Chucks' comeback comes up just short

April 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a game that saw a number of zeroes on the scoreboard — 12 to be exact — it was a pair of big half innings that told the offensive story in Punxsy's varsity softball game against State College Friday in Punxsutawney.

Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, their big inning came up just short of matching State College's, and they fell 4-3 to the Little Lions.

One of the things that stood out about State College's big inning — the third, during which it scored four runs — was that while the Little Lions had three hits, Punxsy also helped them with a pair of fielding errors.

The JVs do it again: Punxsy downs State College, 8-1

April 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the varsity squad dropped a heart-breaking game to the Little Lions of State College Friday, the JV team continued to roll with an 8-1 victory over the same foe.

Punxsy pitchers Sarah London and Lauren Wolfe tag teamed the pitching effort, with London pitching the first four and Wolfe closing out the game.

London allowed just one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out three, and Wolfe allowed one hit in her three shutout innings. She struck out one and walked one.

Dorothy J. (Randall) Clinch, 90

April 20, 2012

Dorothy J. (Randall) Clinch, 90, peacefully passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Meadow Lakes Healthcare Center in East Windsor, N.J.

 She was born in Winslow, and after graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1940, she graduated from DuBois Business College. She also graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling in New York, where she worked as a fashion model.

Ruth M. London, 90

April 20, 2012

Ruth M. London, 90, Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1922, a daughter of the late Thomas and Barbara (Lester) Cowan.

July 23, 1955, she married Robert H. London, who preceded her in death May 10, 1999.

Mrs. London was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney and served as the organist at the Anita Presbyterian church.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, cooking and feeding her family.

End of downtown project now in sight

April 20, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the completion of the paving on Mahoning Street this week, the end of PennDOT’s $1.1 million downtown traffic signal upgrade is in sight.

Workers from Power Contracting, the contractor on the signal project, continued installing the new overhead signage Friday.

The new traffic signals will be activated Wednesday and Thursday, two intersections per day, according to PennDOT Project Manager Kirby Starr, who also said the former traffic light system will be removed once the new lights are activated.

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