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March 18th, 2012

Peepers poet laureate offers his insight into Big Run’s annual phenomenon

March 18, 2012

BIG RUN — Jefferson County Commissioner Jim McIntyre was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Spring Peeper Banquet Sunday.

“I was told by Big Run Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh that my talk should not be political,” he said, adding that he believes that both Republicans and Democrats alike would agree on the ending of the story he was about to tell.

“When I’m at a county commission meeting, I’m bound by Roberts Rules of Order,” McIntyre said. “When I’m at meetings at home, I go by Eilene’s (McIntyre) Rules of Order, even though I’m the boss.”

WAY BACK WHEN

March 18, 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
(May 6, 1896)
JOSEPH CAREY CAPTURED
(A follow-up to “Died of His Injuries” from last week.)

Evelyn Marino, 85

March 18, 2012

Evelyn Marino, 85, Treasure Lake, DuBois, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Nelson’s Golden Years in DuBois.

She was born Dec. 31, 1926, in Covode, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Jay B. and Lillian M. Sutter.

Nov. 5, 1949, she married John A. Marino Jr., who preceded her in death Oct. 6, 2007.

A graduate of the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Marino worked in the Clearfield Hospital for many years and later as a nurse-receptionist for Dr. Carmella Lugue.

Helen M. Wolfgang, 94

March 18, 2012

Helen M. Wolfgang, 94, Brookville, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at home.

She was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Frogtown, a daughter of the late John W. and Mary Louella (Gibson) Bartley.

Jan. 15, 1949, in Kingsville, she married Clarence P. Wolfgang, who preceded her in death Jan. 21, 1975.

Mrs. Wolfgang was a homemaker and an avid reader who enjoyed crafts. She was a past volunteer at the Pennsylvania Memorial Home, and she loved horses, enjoyed family and her dog Diamond.

March 16th

STILL DOING PUNXSY PROUD

March 16, 2012

(Top photo) 2011 PAHS grad Kody Young (right) recently participated in the NCAA Division II Wrestling National Championships March 9-10 in Pueblo, Co. With a first-round pin at the championships, Young scored his 17th victory by fall, placing him in a tie with St. Cloud's Tad Merritt for the 2011-12 Division II Most Falls award. Young went 1-2 at the national tournament to complete his freshman campaign with a 33-13 overall record, setting a Mercyhurst record for single-season wins by a freshman.

Ed Skarbek says maple syrup season is over, spring has arrived

March 16, 2012

BELL TOWNSHIP — 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. "You’ve 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.

Groundhog Festival Committee prepares for its ‘best-ever’ event during summer 2012

March 16, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are “real close to putting on the best event ever.”

After dedicating “thousands” of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this year’s festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.

“We’re fortunate to have great sponsors,” Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. “People in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. It’s basically what it comes down to.”

County cites last week in March for weather preparedness

March 16, 2012

BROOKVILLE — 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 county’s residents for possible severe weather outbreaks.

“(We need) to be prepared to take immediate action in the event of bad weather,” 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

March 16, 2012

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

March 16, 2012

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 “Chip” 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.

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